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3M Safety-Walk Light Duty Tread, Clear, 2-Inch-by-60-Foot
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootChange
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214 of 215 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2011
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
Our stairway was notorious for being a slip and slide ride with some people having taken bad spills. I went to our local home supply store only to find a bunch of ugly black sticky tape type options which is what lead me to this product. After a few months of use I can confidently say that it has prevented further slips and we didn't have to tarnish our nice wood with dark strips. They're difficult to even notice at first glance. These aren't as effective as the true sandpaper type treads but they're easier on bare feet as well.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 17, 2008
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-Foot
The great aspect about this tape is that it is very clear and the wood step shows thru. So far, after 2 weeks, the tape has stayed in place and my feet do not feel like they are slipping when I walk down the steps in socks.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2013
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
I just applied this product and so cannot speak to its durability, but here's a few application tips:

1. The instructions call for you to "Strip Floor Finish, Degrease, Wash and Rinse" all surfaces except bare metal and plastic. I believe this means to remove wax and similar finish products, not to strip paint or varnish. Other sections of the instructions make it clear that painted surfaces are OK and wood must be painted.

2. Use a straight edge and razor knife or rotary cutter, not scissors, to cut pieces from the roll. Don't worry about the holes left by the staple: you can't see them once the product is in place.

3. If you round the corners, use a razor knife and a bottle lid or some other circular object with a couple of marks on it to ensure consistency.

4. Pull the backing off starting from one end of your tape section then cut it to leave a few inches the other end. so you can handle the other end without touching the adhesive. Pull off the little bit of remaining backing as you finish sticking the tape. The instructions suggest you hold the tape by both ends and stick it from the middle out, which makes considerable sense, but seemed daunting for some reason. Laying from one end worked for me.

5. It's difficult to lay the tape down perfectly straight; it's pretty flexible. Even the last few inches can be bendy. You might want to practice on on the garage floor or something.

6. The instructions call for you to use a rubber roller to press the tape down once applied. I used a wine bottle, which worked OK, and the shoulder of the bottle was handy for applying extra pressure to trouble spots. But note my next comment. It may be that a soft rubber roller would be even better than a bottle.

7. The instructions also say that after using a roller, you should beat on the tape with a rubber mallet. This does work, but not as quickly as I thought it would, maybe because my mallet is pretty hard rubber. I had to beat the bejeezus out of it, and even then, there were some tiny bubbles left. Use a soft rubber mallet, if there is such a thing.

8. Visibility of the applied tape depends on the light. It's almost invisible at night under incandescent light, but clearly visible in daylight, especially when the sun is low, but then all the dust bunnies and coffee spills are visible, too, so it doesn't matter so much.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2009
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
Followed the enclosed directions to install anti-slip strips on our shower stall floor. The strips have been in use for two weeks now and no problems at all. No peeling whatsoever. The strips can be easily cut with a pair of scissors, and as the instructions recommend, the cut corners should be rounded so there are no sharp edges. The shower stall is now much safer and the tranluscent strips (a very light tint of blue) do not detract from the cleanliness and beauty of the shower stall. Standing on the strips does not create any uncomfort. Note: the material of the shower stall is a smooth synthetic surface similar to Corian. My experience generally with 3M products are that they offer quality products.
After several months of use, some of the pieces of tape have lost their adhesion due to water weeping under the tape. Despite repeated reapplication, the tape does not hold. Now looking for something that works and does not come lose.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
We were looking for something to keep our kids (and the rest of the family) from slipping on our pretty solid oak stairs, without making them ugly (the stairs). We bought this product based on reviews saying it was nearly invisible. They were right.

The better you can roll the bubbles out, the less visible the strips are. The instructions (look on [...] under Support and Documentation > Data Sheet) tell you to roll the strips with a rubber roller. We didn't have one, so I used a wooden rolling pin. It did the job ok, but if I can find a rubber one I will go back over them, because the bubbles really make an uneven visual difference, in some lighting.

We cleaned the steps first with warm water, and dried them. Nothing fancy.

As others have said, the tape as shipped by Amazon had a staple in it (as well as shrink wrap around it). This meant the first 12 ft or so of tape has little holes in it. We will use the punctured tape in our showers where it doesn't matter as much, but I doubt it would be visible even on the stairs. With a total of 60ft of tape, there was plenty of unpunctured tape for our 13 stairs x 2ft+ each.

Other than that, the strips are doing fine. In some light they really are invisible, and the stairs still look great. Our sock-footed toddlers exclaimed this morning that they couldn't slip on the stairs. :-)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
My husband wanted to get this tape for our stairs after a couple slips on the newly installed hardwood. I was concerned with how it would look, so I bought a couple samples of some more expensive options. In the end, we bought this tape and it was the best fit. It blends in perfectly so you can barely tell it's there, yet it provides awesome traction so I'm not afraid of walking down the steps in my socks anymore.

I highly recommend this product!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2010
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
Bought clear tape for the stone steps in the house.
I guess this tape is the best kept secret, otherwise Home Depot wouldn't be able to sell individual pieces for each step for like 20 bucks a piece, which is outrageous.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2012
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
I am very pleased with this product. I removed the carpet from my stairs last year and refinished the wood. Since then several family members have slipped on the stairs, one of them breaking a bone in his foot. I didn't want to cover up the beautiful stairs, nor did I want to mix grit into the finish and reapply the finish. This was a great and inexpensive solution. The product is actually clear when it goes on. Read the directions. There are different ways to prep the surface to which you are applying the tape. I suspect the comments where they notice peeling or lifting is because the surface was not prepped properly. I also think that the staple holes are irrelevant. I used the pieces with the holes and now that I have two rows per step applied, I can't tell which step has the staple holes. I feel much safer on my stairs and I feel my family is safer. I can really feel a difference both barefoot and with shoes. My stairs still look beautiful, there is only a very slight dullness where the tape is applied. The rest of the finish is shiney. (Probably why it was so slick!) I am going to put some of the leftover tape in the bottom of my shower. Thanks for making a great product, 3M!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
Only after I received the package and read the instructions did I realize that in order to safely install this product on a hardwood stairway, the finish needs to be completely removed. I would have never made the purchase if it had been explained in the description. I suspect very few people are willing to ruin their floors to install this safety tape. Tape arrived with the staple that others have described, which I don't think is a big deal. However, an incredibly strong and unpleasant smell surprised me once I opened the box...I think it's the glue on the tape. I wouldn't recommend to a family with young children (because of the chemical smell). The return process with Amazon was a breeze.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2012
Size Name: 2-Inch by 60-FootVerified Purchase
After two people injured themselves on some indoor hardwood stairs, I was looking for a solution that wouldn't give my wife qualms about defacing her staircase. I accidentally ordered the heavy-duty tread (wrong - that one is for outdoors, and boats). But this grip tape works very well, and being clear/translucent, is cosmetically as good as it could be. Even better, although it sticks firmly, it peels off without leaving behind any residue. I can feel the difference already, and can more comfortably walk down the stairs without fear of slipping and falling. Overall a great purchase for indoor hardwood stairs.

The item does ship with a staple through the first few sheets, but I thought the holes weren't too noticeable in the final tape.
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