How to Stop Rugs From Slipping

Written by adriann walker
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Rugs that slip, pucker, and wrinkle look bad and can be very frustrating to walk on and vacuum. Rug pads, strips and coating can eliminate this problem. Rug pads come in a variety of styles specific to the flooring and the environment. Pads will not damage your flooring or your rug. Rug strips are similar to tape, and adhere to the back side of the rug. Rug coating is applied to the backside of rugs with a paintbrush. It reduces fraying and unravelling and is machine washable.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Rug
  • Rug pad
  • Rug strips
  • Rug coating
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

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    Rug Pads

  1. 1

    Measure your rug so that you will know the exact size of rug pad you need to purchase and can avoid purchasing too much.

  2. 2

    Cut down the rug pad using your scissors so that it is two inches smaller than your rug on all sides to avoid having it show underneath your rug.

  3. 3

    Lay the rug down in your desired location with the rug pad underneath.

    Rug Strips

  1. 1

    Apply one rug strip the length of your rug on each side and apply every 18 inches in the middle.

  2. 2

    Lay the rug down in your desired location.

  3. 3

    Test the rug for non-slipness by walking on it. If the rug is still slipping, repeat step 1 by applying additional strips until the rug no longer slips.

    Rug Coating

  1. 1

    Follow the instructions on your product to liberally apply coating to the backside of your rug with a paintbrush, and allow the coating to completely dry.

  2. 2

    Lay the rug down in your desired location.

  3. 3

    Test the rug for non-slipness by walking on it. Consult your product instructions if the rug continues to slip, and consider applying additional coating until slipping no longer occurs.

Tips and warnings

  • When choosing a non-slip product consider the effect it will have on your rug and your flooring. You may not want to choose a product that will permanently adhere to your rug or make washing your rug difficult. Rug pads may be the safest in this regard, but they are not permanent; and although they can reduce slipping, they may still enable the rug to move more over time than the other non-slip products will.

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