I am looking for input on staining vs. painting stair treads. We recently pulled off the carpet on our stairs. We are debating whether to paint our treads or strain them, i think we should stain and polyurethane (water based). Treads are southern yellow pine. I would paint risers white. If you have done paint, I would like to know how the stairs held up six months to a year after painting. I have only found reviews of people who painted stairs recently with no details of maintenance, slippery treads, etc.