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Old January 20, 2011, 11:19 AM   #1
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I need to put new carpet on our stairs.
Is there any type of carpet that is best (or worse) for this application?

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Old January 20, 2011, 12:10 PM   #2
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Pick out the best carpet & PAD you can afford if you want to keep your stairs looking as good as the rest of the house carpet. Step nosing's take the most abuse of your carpet in the house.

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Old January 20, 2011, 01:49 PM   #3
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Hi Brad, welcome to the Floor Pro. Berber is a strong performer on stairs because of it's tight loops. A looser "shag" type carpet will likely show more wear in a shorter amount of time. But, that doesn't mean that all "shag" type carpets will wear down unreasonably on a set of steps. Alot of it has to do with what kind of fiber the carpet is made out of. A good bet is a good quality nylon carpet. Make sure that you get an 8lb or higher density pad as well.

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Old January 20, 2011, 01:55 PM   #4
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Along with that high density pad make sure the installer puts pad over the nose of the step not just up to the edge. It will wear much longer. Also a piece of duct tape on the pad on the nose also will make it wear even longer.

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Old January 20, 2011, 04:01 PM   #5
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Check out Shaw's Anything Goes line of offerings.

According to them they are only one's who offer a warranty that covers carpet on stairs.

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Old January 20, 2011, 06:55 PM   #6
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There are several MILLS now that guarantee carpet on stairs Mohawks SmartStrand with triexta and shaw has a peice now, Mohawks new revive (new this year) also has a guarantee poly branded with WEAR DATED

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Old January 20, 2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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When we were selling cheap crapet, we would advise the customer to buy enough carpet to have the stairs done again in the future. The room carpet would last twice as long as the stairs.

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Old January 20, 2011, 11:08 PM   #8
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Knew an installer once who would fold a half step under his bottom riser. His reason was if the nosin wears, he could come back and shift everthing a half step to put the worn spot at the stair (fer lack of a better word) crotch...........bet that didn't ever work out too good....

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Old January 21, 2011, 05:38 AM   #9
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Knew an installer once who would fold a half step under his bottom riser. His reason was if the nosin wears, he could come back and shift everthing a half step to put the worn spot at the stair (fer lack of a better word) crotch...........bet that didn't ever work out too good....
That was the way it used to be. They shifted the stair carpet when the carpet wore on the nose. Still looked like crap but got more wear out of it.
I think I shifted one set stairs.

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Old January 21, 2011, 12:35 PM   #10
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...really. I thought he was crazy fer even thinkin that was gonna work. Would think the mangled nap would make fer an ugly nosin......

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...really. I thought he was crazy fer even thinkin that was gonna work. Would think the mangled nap would make fer an ugly nosin......
What it did was move the worn area 6" back up onto the step. Still had the ugly spot but the nose looked great from down below.
The first time I saw it done I thought it still looked like crap, but back then carpet was a leisure not a must have.

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Old January 22, 2011, 10:35 AM   #12
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A weird artifact of installing, I learned to do that with stair runners and brass rod installs. As daris said, the idea was you could pull out the tacks and shift the wear mark, but I never actually went back to a job to do that.

On a different note, when I install stairs and the last riser ends to a bull nose, I fold the carpet back and tack it in that way.


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What it did was move the worn area 6" back up onto the step. Still had the ugly spot but the nose looked great from down below.
The first time I saw it done I thought it still looked like crap, but back then carpet was a leisure not a must have.

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Old January 22, 2011, 09:22 PM   #13
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There's such a difference in carpets between "wearing" on steps or "looking worn" on steps. Since they have such a concentrated area of walking, most anything will show a traffic pattern. I'm one to suggest that customers get enough extra carpet to replace the step carpet at some point. Besides the traffic pattern, they are harder to clean.

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Old January 22, 2011, 09:38 PM   #14
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The bottom step will be the first to show soiling and wear, even when the rest look good. Unless it is a custum runner , it usually is not that big of a deal to replace that one step. There will be at least that much left.

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Old January 22, 2011, 09:44 PM   #15
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The bottom step will be the first to show soiling and wear, even when the rest look good. Unless it is a custum runner , it usually is not that big of a deal to replace that one step. There will be at least that much left.
Not with some of the people I have worked for. I worked for one that allowed 1" per room.

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