How to Restore Your Wooden Staircase?

How to Restore Your Wooden Staircase?
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    It only takes a few short years before your staircase will start to show signs of wear and tear.

    The only option to restore the staircase to it early stage is to go for staircase sanding.


It is a complicated task; you may need to call some trained professionals to do this task in a proper way. Trained professionals can do it easily with utmost cautions. It is not that difficult if you know how to do sanding properly.

Here are a few pointers on how you should go about staircase sanding. Read on to find out more about.

Tools Required

For staircase sanding, you will require the following items:

  • couple of orbital hand sanders,
  • plastic drop cloth,
  • multipack dust pack,
  • ear plugs,
  • pair of vinyl palmed work gloves,
  • latex disposable gloves,
  • screwdriver, hammer,
  • small wooden chisel, and
  • finally sand paper (from 40, 60, 100, 120 and 180 grit).

Having these tools at your disposal will get you ready to start the project.

Starting the Work

  • You need to carefully examine each and every stair tread. There will not be uniform wear, the wear will vary. The finish is likely to wear out most at the top and the bottom of the staircase. However, it will be intact in the middle. If you find the stair treads intact without any bare wood showing through, a good cleaning session is likely to restore it back to its old condition. Otherwise, staircase sanding will have to be performed.
  • If varnish has worn off, then it has to be refinished. You have to start by using the random orbital sander for staircase sanding and sand down the tread to the bare wood. Be careful as the sander will produce a great amount of dust. Be sure that the sander has a dust collector; otherwise your house will be in a mess. You will have to vacuum the tread free of dust and start the process again, with a 100-grit sander disc, which is finer.
  • If the nosing or edge of the tread has to be finished as well, you need to sand it down to bare wood by using a sanding sponge or an electric profile sander which is fitted with 5/8-inch convex pads.
  • The vertical risers are not subjected to as much abuse as the treads, but over the course of time, they also get quite beat up. Scrub every riser with steel wool pads which are dipped in paint thinner. Then dry the surface and sand the riser smooth. Do not use a random-orbit sander for this purpose; instead, use a quarter sheet orbital sander which are fitted with 100 grit sandpaper. The orbital sander is easier to control than the random orbit sander, especially on vertical surfaces.
  • You need to repeat the process of staircase sanding by using a 120-grit sandpaper. You need to use the circular sander down the center, and then the orbital sander has to be applied to the edges and the rise. The 120-grit sandpaper is proficient in removing all traces of the last finish.

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Things to Remember When You Do Staircase Sanding

Concentrate on the job while staircase sanding. Wear protective eye wear at all times. Sanders are notorious for spewing forth very fine particles of wood that could get into your eyes. Cover the nostrils and ears with masks and earplugs. Wear the gloves at all times for better grip and safety. Also, cover all sensitive equipment like computers and expensive furniture with plastic sheets.

So if this sounds “too much” for you, you can hire professional sanders to do your staircase sanding with their advanced tools and technologies. You can hire them from online portals like homeadvisor.

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