Ways to keep rugs from slipping on tile floors

Rugs are used on tile floors for aesthetics, comfort and to help keep the tiles clean. A rug slipping on the tile floor presents a danger to those walking through the room. Slippery throw rugs can cause accidents and injuries. Simple techniques and supplies secure rugs so they don't move around on the tile floor. Secured rugs result in a neater appearance for your room and ensure the safety of family and pets.

Lay the slippery rug on the floor with the underside facing up. Determine the length and width of the rug with a tape measure. Record the measurements so you have them available when buying a rug pad.

Wet a sponge with warm water and wring out the excess moisture. Wash the tile floor area where the rug belongs to remove dirt, debris and oil that might contribute towards slipperiness. Dry the floor with a clean, dry cloth.

Buy a rug pad sized to fit beneath your throw rug. If the rug pad is too large, trim it down at home with scissors or ask the shop staff if they will trim it for you.

Place the non-skid rug pad on the tile floor and smooth it out. Lay the rug on top of the rug pad, making sure it covers the rug pad completely. Smooth the rug over the non-skid pad to keep it in place.


Adhesive-backed rug pads are available for larger rugs.

Substitute double-stick rug tape for small, lightweight throw rugs.


Use extra caution with throw rugs when you have elderly family members or small children in the home. Slippery rugs pose an extra danger to those who aren't as sure-footed.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Sponge
  • Clean cloth
  • Non-skid rug pad
  • Scissors
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.