How to replace the rubber backing on throw rugs

Written by susan reynolds
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Throw rugs sometimes have a rubber backing that prevents them from moving across the floor. Adding a new rubber backing to rugs can prolong the function of them. Over time, the rubber backing can start to come off or get excessively dirty and have less sticking power. Fortunately, it is easy and inexpensive to replace the rubber backing of a throw rug. For less than £13, you should be able to buy a replacement rubber mat and a hot glue gun.

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Things you need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Rubber backing for carpet

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  1. 1

    Flip your rug over to expose the old rubber backing.

  2. 2

    Take measurements of the rug and purchase a rubber backing slip that is about the same size. You can buy one at any furniture store or flooring store.

  3. 3

    Remove the old rubber backing if it is falling off, or simply glue the new rubber over the old backing using a hot glue gun.

  4. 4

    Press the glue down firmly for several seconds until it hardens.

  5. 5

    Flip your rug over and position it on your floor.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also sew the rubber backing onto the rug.

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