I have a 2 story house, approximately 30 years old. 1st floor has hardwood floors. 2nd floor will have hardwood floors in about 6 weeks. Stairs between first and second floor have carpet and my budget says I can't afford to have the flooring people do anything to them. Stairs down to the garage/basement had carpet until yesterday when I ripped out the filthy, nasty, allergen laden stuff. I am hoping to do something to the basement stairs partially to get them back in a more useful state but also as a learning vehicle before I possibly do the main stairs myself. The treads are bullnose pine and the risers are 3/4" pine boards. I'm leaning towards painted stairs. Probably white for the risers and trim and something dark for the treads. I'm a little concerned about them being slippery although the outside steps up to the front porch use a pigmented stain and they're not bad.
I've seen suggestions about using H&C Shark Grip as a paint additive to make stairs less slippery. My biggest concern about this is if it will make the stairs hard to clean. I'm picturing trying to sweep/mop a big piece of 100 grit sandpaper and it just holding all the dust and dirt.
Any experience in this area? The stairs are not particularly steep. We do have kids in the house and sometimes have some older family members come visit. I'm not totally convinced that the carpet is really all that less slippery.
While the basement is not finished, that same stairway goes to the garage and so we often times use that entry way into the house.