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Question DetailsAsked on 9/21/2011

What indoor stair covering will silence footsteps, prevent slipping, and be cat resistant?

In our sturdy 105 year old house an indoor wooden stairway with narrow stairs winds above a bedroom. Foot traffic on the stairs disturbs the person in the bedroom - not from squeaking but from actual footsteps. For two years we covered the stairs with a sturdy foam covering which helped but it has become torn at the edges (lengthwise across each stair) - especially because the stairs are so shallow in proportion to the step height so that foot (and body) weight pushes and mauls/stresses the covering at that edge. I asked a handyman about carpet: He said short nap carpet would be torn up by our two cats, and long-nap carpet would risk falls especially because of the shallow steps (the downward pressure that tore the foam would translate into foot-slippage on a long-nap carpet). Do you have any comments or suggestions for other coverings?

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I would suggest a cut pile of sorts and not a berber. A berber will be torn up by the cats. However, a good saxony or lowerpile frieze would help with sound and slip resistance.

You do want to remember that carpet is not warranted on stairs which is due tothe excessive force at the same spot consistently. I would suggest usinga better grade of carpet on the stairs for wear.

Answered 9 years ago by Ross

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