Removing Non-Skid Strips from Wooden Stair Treads

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-20
What You'll Need
Scraper
WD-40
Hair Dryer
Mineral Spirits
Rag
What You'll Need
Scraper
WD-40
Hair Dryer
Mineral Spirits
Rag

Whenever removing non-skid strips for wood stair treads are meant to be permanent, but you may find that you want to remove them. Removing a non-skid strip is an easy process, as long as you take your time and do it right the first time.

Loosen the Strips

The best way to loosen the non-skid strips from the wood is to use heat. The heat will help destroy the bond that the adhesive has to the wood. You can use a hairdryer for this process, or if you have a heat gun handy, that is even better. Go slowly and heat up the entire surface of the non-skid strip. When it is heated evenly, you can move on to scraping.

Scraping

Slide the scraper underneath one edge of the heated strip. Wiggle it a little until you have enough of the strip loosened for a good grip. Now grip the strip with one hand and slowly pull it back. You can use the scraper to help with stubborn spots as you go.

Residue Cleanup

Once you have removed each one of the strips you might still have some sticky residue left over. You can remove the residue with mineral spirits. Just soak the area with the mineral spirits and wipe it off with a clean rag. There are other products available either online or at your local home improvement or hardware store that can remove sticky residue from wood as well.