How to Stop Rugs From Moving
Carpet Pads for Area Rugs
When you buy an area carpet or rug it is
because you need one to protect your floor and add
color to your home. The investment in a carpet and
the floor can be protected with a rug pad. What you
use for a pad depends on the type of flooring.
A rug pad adds a protective barrier between rug and
floor, keeps your rug from sliding and bunching up,
and helps your rug last longer. There are many
options for different types of pads for area rugs.
Area carpets without a carpet pad can be a trip
hazard causing serious injuries.
Area rugs without pads:
Rug runner on carpets without a pad will stretch
out of shape.
For a large rug you may think that you do not need
a pad because it is heavy and won’t move around,
plus you have a couch or table on it. Every time
you step and walk on your rug it is moving under
your feet. It is like walking on foam, the foam
compresses where you step and your rug does the
same. If your area rug has a stiff or rough back it
is scratching your hardwood flooring with every
Small rugs become a slipping hazard without a
proper rug pad to keep it in place.
To check if your rug scratches the floor make a
fist and rub your knuckles over the back of your
rug. If your knuckles get scratched so will your
floor when your rug moves on it. The effect of a
rough backing rug with no pad on the floor is like
sandpaper. After a while it will damage your floor.
Placing furniture on top of rugs to hold them in
place doesn’t work. A couch, coffee table, dining
room table, etc will anchor the rug in place only
where the furniture touches. The rest of the rug is
free to move, compress, stretch, and scratch your
Using tape to adhere your rug down is easy but can
leave an adhesive residue on your rug and floor
that can be hard to remove. Plus the tape is only
anchoring down the place where it is sticking,
allowing the rest of the rug to move around. Tape
will also pull out wool fiber and fringes.
A carpet underlay is not a good choice for area
rugs either. It is too soft, not breathable,
absorbs moisture, and will fall apart with heavy
use. It is made to be used under wall to wall
carpet, not area rugs.
Tacks and nails should never be used to hold down a
rug. They will damage the rug and the floor.
Rug pads that will work:
A quality rug pad will keep area rugs from moving.
The higher the quality the longer it will last. The
rug pad should be sized two inches smaller than all
sides of your rug, not including fringes, so that
the rug doesn't stick up and cause a tripping
hazard. Rug pads can be washed in warm water and
dish soap to make it re-grip when it gets dirty.
Area rugs were not meant to be placed on wall to
wall carpet. That is why there aren’t a lot of
choices for under pad. There isn't anything that
will completely stop a rug from moving around a
Heated floors can damage rug pads. Heat resistant
area rug pads can be purchased where the rug is
going to be placed on heated floors.
Area rug pads will prevent rugs from moving, avoid
trip hazards, and prolong the life of your carpet.
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