Basically the carpet was old, and smelled terrible + had pet stains from many years so we decided to tear it up. Of course there was padding glued to the steps, so getting the rubber/glue off of the steps has been a real pain. I've resorted to using multiple sanders (any suggestions here would be great).
Now I'm wondering what we should do with the steps. They are older, potentially original to the house (1925) but they are quite sturdy. They definitely show wear as the middle is a little worn down. Sanding to get it completely level would be near impossible.
I'm curious if people think I should continue to sand and then potentially paint the steps? Or if maybe I should just cut these treads out (through the middle, then pull out as they are nailed from the sides) and purchase new ones? They are 1" x 9" x 35"
Any suggestions would be welcome! Here is a picture of the steps now:
[image: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/15806454/forums/stairs.JPG ]
(Note: our basement is finished, so something semi nice heh)