Refinishing Steps and a Staple Holes

Edward Cogan
by Edward Cogan
I am removing carpeting up the steps to the second floor, and of course there are a lot of staples; some bigger than others. I intend to sand and re-stain. Do I need to fill the little holes left by the staples? So far the average per tread and riser has to be at least 30, so we are talking close to 500 holes. Thank you .
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  • Moxie Moxie on Mar 24, 2014
    Yes. Get a sustainable wood filler (I like elmers)...you may wish to consider new treads

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    • Susan-Amber Springer Susan-Amber Springer on Mar 25, 2014
      Ed, Brooklyn is north and east of Bloomington; it's actually closer to Indianapolis, it seems to me. Where is she thinking of relocating? We live in north central Indianapolis and are considering moving to the country ourselves. Best advice if she's going to buy a home is to stay out of the Indy area...property taxes are high. @

  • Terry's Flooring Terry's Flooring on Mar 26, 2014
    I don't know if I would fill in all those staple holes ...I'd just sand over them them and let it go at that ..Those holes are awfully small and unless you are on your hands and knees crawling up or down the steps , you are not going to notice them anyway..Unless you're OCD .. :)

    • Edward Cogan Edward Cogan on Mar 26, 2014
      @Terry's Flooring Thanks for the response, Terry. I think you are absolutely right about just sanding them down. And, thankfully, I think OCD skipped a generation! Thanks again. Ed