Q: We have wooden stairs that are fairly steep and slippery. I have fallen down them twice. Is there a way to make them less slippery? The only thing we have come up with is putting a runner on them, but would that really help? The part of each step that is slippery is the curved front.
A: A runner might make the steps less slippery, but if the carpet runs over the front of narrow treads, the steps could wind up even scarier because of the squishy front edges. Other solutions might provide surer footing. Home supply companies sell small carpets that fit on individual treads. For example, Stacks and Stacks (http://www.stacksandstacks.com) and numerous other online sources sell a set of four covers for about $26 that look like miniature braided carpets. They have a skid-resistant back to keep them on the treads, and the braided top surface adds traction under your feet.