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Carpet Fitting Question
How to prepare stairs for a runner?
I'm due to have a carpet runner fitted on my stairs next weekend so have a week to make my stairs presentable (fingers crossed it's possible!).
It's a 1930s terraced house so the stairs are pretty old - there are a few small wooden holes, grooves and cracks to fill on the treads themselves and fine gaps where the treads meet the risers. The stairs have been painted white (satinwood) either side of the runner but I'd be prepared to give them another coat if need be.
How do I go about filling in the holes, grooves and cracks and gaps? My carpet fitter suggested using decking chalk (?). I've googled this but can't fathom out what it is or where to get it from.
I would very much appreciate some advice on how to tackle my stairs so that they are all set for the fitting of the runner on Saturday.
I think what your carpet fitter meant was decorating caulk, which would be ok for the gaps from tread to riser as it remains flexible and can be overpainted, for the holes, any woodfiller, I would tend to go for a two pack.
Unfortunately this answer is probably too late for you, hopefully it went well for you though!
Answered 14th Oct 2014