Floors and stairs undergo a lot of wear and tear, so maintenance is important to keep them functional. Here are tips on how to repair stairs in your home.
There are very few materials that can build a beautiful case of stairs as good old hardwood. Oak is traditionally preferred but any type of hardwood can do the job just fine. The main reason for this is because hardwood is very durable. But as the years go by, constant use bring about inevitable wear and tear. This ends up causing cracks, gouges and splits. With just a few basic DIY skills, you can deal with any of these damages and keep your stairs in great shape throughout the years.
Use wood filler
This is one of the simplest ways to deal with gouges. A rock-hard wood filler is perfect for these because this material is extremely durable. Another excellent advantage is that you can buy wood filler in different colours that match your risers and treads. As long as you have gouges and scratches that are up to 1/4 inches deep, you can simply take a putty knife and force the wood filler down those different points.
Ensure that the wood filler is forced into the defects to a point of rising to about 1/6 of an inch higher than the surface of the damaged wood. Give some time to allow the wood filler to dry up and then simply sand it down to level with the wood surface. You can use a 100-grit sandpaper first and then follow it up with an 180-grid sandpaper. Colour the patch as needed.
Make use of the Dutchman
A Dutchman is a rather thin slice of hardwood that is similar or of the same species as the original riser or tread of your stairs. The Dutchman is perfect for those situations where you have cracks and splits that are more than 1/4 or 1/8 inches deep. In these kinds of cases, the easiest solution is to hammer a Dutchman into the damaged areas.
In some cases, your stairs get narrow cracks or splits and checking (a large pattern of small cracks that are close together). In these kinds of cases, you might want to consider using Resin Glue. In other cases, you could see damages that look like honeycombs (this is a series of holes in a pattern). Both these cases are perfect candidates for Resin Glue. The best thing about this type of glue is that you can find it in different colours that match the particular type of hardwood used to make your stairs. Simply follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using the Resin Glue and those damages should be good as new.
Unless your staircase is practically tumbling down from wear and tear, these three solutions should be quite sufficient to deal with whatever kind of damage they might have thanks to years of use. However, if you find that the staircase is unstable and wobbly, you might want to give a professional contractor a call.