Area rugs are a simple and beautiful way to complete your décor and provide comfort on hard wood flooring. You want your rugs to stay where you put them, as slipping rugs can cause dangerous situations in your home. To prevent trip and slip hazards posed by rugs, there are a variety of ways to keep your floor coverings in place.
Using Felt Rug Pads
Felt rug pads are an excellent choice for large rugs that are partially held down by furniture. These felt pads provide extra cushion as well as maximum protection for both your rug and the surface of the flooring. If your rug was costly, you may want to consider this option as it also provides protection from wear by minimizing the force applied to the pile due to traffic.
Though this option is the least damaging, it doesn’t provide the best grip. Small rugs are not ideal for felt rug pads, as they may still slip to some degree. Heavier rugs will work best with this method, but it is not recommended for lightweight rugs.
Using Natural Rubber Pads
For smaller or lighter rugs, natural rubber pads will provide more grip without damaging the flooring or fabric. Unlike synthetic rubber pads, the natural rubber will not leave a residue on your rug. These pads do not offer nearly the cushion that felt pads do, but you can’t beat the grip of a natural rubber pad without potentially causing damage to your floor.
Some manufacturers are combining the grip of natural rubber with the cushion of felt. If you choose one of these hybrid options, look for a model that uses heat to bond the rubber to the felt, as adhesives leave a sticky residue that can be hard to remove from your floor.
Using Rubber Shelf Liners
If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to prevent your rugs from slipping, rubber shelf liners will do the trick. You can buy these liners in rolls from most stores and trim several strips until you have adequate floor coverage to accommodate your rug. Be aware that shelf liners and cheap, non-natural rug pads can leave behind a sticky residue on your flooring after a few months of use. The material they are made of can degrade and cause damage to both the floor and the fabric of the rug. If you decide to try this option, you should check the floor beneath the liners regularly for residue.
Using Carpet Tape
Though carpet tape may seem like the perfect solution to keeping your rugs in place, it is not recommended for use with oriental rugs or fine wood floors. The strong adhesives will certainly do the trick, but they run the risk of damaging both your rug and the finish on your flooring. Some people swear by double sided tape, but be warned that adhesives can be difficult to remove without damaging the floor and may pull at the delicate weave of your rug.
Nobody likes a rug that slips out of place. It’s a trip hazard and a pain to constantly move back into place. Depending on the rug, there are a variety of ways to keep your floor coverings in place. Whether you choose natural rubber, felt, or a hybrid of the two, you can rest assured that your oriental rug and the flooring beneath it will be protected. If you choose to use an adhesive, diligent observation will be required to ensure you don’t end up with a sticky residue that is hard to remove.
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