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    Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    We just purchased a 2' x 3' mat to put under our "Royal Entrance" stairs in our above ground pool. We heard that these mats are a good idea to protect the liner under the stairs. The problem is that the mat moves aorund when we're swimming. Has anyone else used these mats and if so, how do you keep them in place. Thanks so much for any advice you have to offer.
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    We bought one for our new pool, too and we couldn't get it to stay in place.
    Hope someone has a suggestion
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    I don't have a mat under our steps and haven't found any wear but that's not your question.

    The only way I can think of is to weigh the mats down with a sand bag or something similar. That might hold it in place.
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Thanks, Dave. That's a good suggestion. My husband was thinking of putting a weight on the mat behind the stairs, but I wasn't sure if that would be the best solution. Looks like it is. Also good to know that the stairs haven't caused any wear on your liner. I appreciate your help!

    By the way, this is a terrific forum. I am a new pool owner and have learned a tremendous amount from you and the others on this site. Thanks!
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Is your matt moving out from under your stairs or just floating up on the edges where there is no weight on them?
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Our's is floating on the surface of the pool. I don't think that we can add any weight to it since it is exactly the same size as the bottom of the stairs.
    I love this forum, too. There is so much valuable information there. Thanks
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Moxy -- Is your steps solid on the bottom or do they have a cavity? Most I've seen have a cavity where you could lay a sand bag and sit the steps over that.
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Bama - they're solid on the bottom. There is a weight (I think the pool guys put some bricks or something in there) inside the stairs but I guess it just doesn't hold them down enough
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    Then I would add more weight to the stairs themselves. There are several good threads about making step weights on the forum.
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    Re: Mat Under Royal Entrance Stairs

    we used the bathtub mat with the suction cups on the backside and never had an issue, I hated those stairs though, always got mold algae outbreaks that started on the far side of the stairs in the dead spot where water didn't like to circulate and if you didn't throw a puck into the stairs, you'd get the odd outbreak inside the stairs as well, a few years ago, I decided to turn the stairs around, now we have the flip up portion going into the pool and the nice stairs on the outside, suits us just fine and I haven't seen algae in god knows how long.

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