Get the best results with these strip application tips

With these 5 handy tips, applying anti-slip rubber tape can be done by anyone, even if you are not very handy. Get the best result. A good, fast and affordable way to make your stairs a lot safer.

Tip 1
Apply the strip at room temperature

It is best to use the anti-slip strip at room temperature, approximately 20 degrees celsius. The strip will then be flexible, easier to cut and stick nice and tight. Cutting it nice and tight works very well with a parquet skirting scissors.

Tip 2
Apply strips on the longest steps first

If you want to apply the anti-slip strip over the entire length of the stairstep, say from left to right, do the longest corner steps first. If you have made a measuring error, you can always use that part for a shorter stair step.

Tip 3
Remove the paper layer

Easily remove the paper layer on the back. The anti-slip is supplied on a roll of 5 and 15 meters, the adhesive layer is protected with a thin layer of paper on the inside of the roll, sometimes it is difficult to get this loose, for example if you have short nails.

Then first cut a cm in the middle of the tape with a sharp knife (such as a stanley knife). See below the image. Then peel it loose from the center with the tip of the knife. You can then be sure that the adhesive layer remains completely on the anti-slip strip.

Tip 4
Pleats when unrolled

It is best to process the strip at room temperature. When unrolling, transverse folds can sometimes form in the adhesive layer. (see photo). You can press these folds away by pressing them firmly with a roller after applying the anti-slip. If this is not enough, you can lightly heat this fold locally with a hairdryer and press it thoroughly with a roller. (Make sure the hairdryer is not too hot for the paint).

Tip 5
Cleaning the anti-slip strip

If you want to keep the anti-slip strip nice, use a green pan sponge with a little washing-up liquid and clean the strip lengthwise and dry with a lint-free cloth.

Light-colored tape such as cream and white can sometimes cause stripes on the rubber shoe soles. You can easily remove this with a small piece of fine sandpaper, grit 220.


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