Don’t you hate a rug that slips around constantly, and won’t stay put? Under rug liners are so expensive, and oftentimes don’t hold up well in the long term. Recently we came across this tip from Martha Stewart for using silicone caulk to slip proof a rug, and decided to give it a try!
My rug is on the right – the blue one from IKEA. It has really worked out well in our front room, and is a comfy place for Eisley to play and read books, but it is slightly too small and slides around the room constantly. A larger rug would probably help, but I am saving my pennies for when we redo that room in the future, and a temporary solution was all I wanted in the short term. I actually did price out a rug slip liner from the local hardware store, and without any discounts would have been about $40. Since I only spent $30 on the rug in the first place, I didn’t want to go that route.
The materials you will need for this project are Silicone based Caulk, a caulking gun, and your rug. We opted to do this outside, which worked out well as the sunshine sped up the drying process and we had plenty of work room.
First I started with lines about 6 inches apart on the shorter ends of the rug. The way we have it situated in our room, it’s most often pushed this direction, so I wanted to add the most traction on those sides.
After that, I started doing diagonal lines through the large empty area in the middle of the rug.
My lines were not straight, and definitely not consistently spaced, but I did the best I could!
(Turns out I’m not that handy with a caulking gun!)
After this, we let the caulk dry and placed them on the floor after about 24 hours.
The verdict? The rug is definitely less slippery than it was before, but I have 2 issues with this technique: first, you can somewhat feel the caulk lines through the rug, which doesn’t really bother ME that much, but I could see how that might really bother some. Secondly, the rug is definitely still slipping if I walk across it the short way. I may go back and add some more caulk to try to mitigate this issue in the future.
Overall I would give this technique a C+. It definitely works, but you need to use a LOT of caulk, and you need to make your lines as clean as possible to avoid big bumps when you walk over it.
All the best in your crafting escapades!
Hi all! I got this fun, colorful rag rug as a late birthday present. I love the large size and the thick texture. It was super slippy on my hardwood floors though. I don’t want anyone to break their neck.
As you can see I tried to put it on quite thick. The texture of the rug is very, knobbly (?) and there are a lot of ups and downs. I wanted it to grip.
I have to say that this project was a great idea. I haven’t had any trouble with the caulking peeling up. I do have trouble with the rug slipping though. I think that the texture of this rug is so extreme that the caulk just doesn’t do it. I am going to have to splurge on a grippy mat from the hardware store to keep this in place.
I am excited about the rug itself though. My kids love to play in the snow, and this will be at my back door to catch all the wet mess when they come in from playing this winter. The large size will allow them to both come in and take off coats, boots, snow pants, gloves, hats, etc… and leave it all on the rug to dry.
Here it is in place. I’d like to thank you for stopping by and checking out our experiment. We had fun giving it a try.