Carpet Edge Won't Stay Down

Written by jon stefansson
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Carpet Edge Won't Stay Down
Carpet can curl up at the edges under certain conditions. (Gary Houlder/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Carpeting looks and feels great when it's properly laid, providing a snug, comfortable underfoot feel throughout your home. Most carpeting is held down at the edges by special carpet grips that attach to the concrete or wooden floor beneath the layer of carpet. You can fix curled edges on your carpet if grips were not installed or if the carpet is placed in the form of a rug over a wooden or concrete floor.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  • Iron
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    Curl the section of carpet in the opposite direction and weigh it down with a heavy object. Turning the curl back on itself reverses the bend in the base of the carpet and keeps it flat. This method works as a quick fix without using weights, but you may find the carpet returns to its original curled shape.

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    Wet the curled edge gently with warm water until it's damp. Flatten out the curl and place a heavy object on top to hold it in place. When the carpet has dried, it should stay flat like the rest of the carpet. Chairs and heavy cooking pots are good for holding down the corner.

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    Heat an iron to a medium setting and place a damp towel over the portion of rolled carpet. Place the warm iron on top of the towel and leave it in place for about 15 seconds, shorter if the iron is very hot. Steam from the damp towel causes the carpet to loose its curled shape and lie flat. Place a heavy object on top of the carpet while it dries to keep the shape.

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