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Slip-Proofing

Martha Stewart Living, September 2002

To give a sisal or sea-grass area rug some traction, flip it over, and apply lines of acrylic-latex caulk every 6 inches or so. Once dry, you can safely put down your rug; the rubbery strips will hold it in place.

 

Comments (52)

  • 17 Feb, 2014

    Although I've not tried this yet, I have heard that you can attach the rubber liners from mason jars to underside of carpets/rugs to keep them from slipping. I guess you could sew them on or glue with gun...not sure of application process...but seems like an inexpensive fix.

  • 29 Aug, 2013

    I did this on three fairly thick rugs in my kitchen and I can feel the ridge lines of the caulk when I walk on the rugs...barefoot OR with shoes. I had SO hoped this would work because my rug liners are constantly 'peeking' from beneath my rugs.

  • 19 Aug, 2013

    I found a product that does something similar but doesn't stain or leave residue on any type of floor, including wooden. It's called GripCote Ultra. I painted the coating to the underside of my rug, and t dried transparent and created a flexible layer that didn't damage or change the way it feels. I can also move it any time I want to and it won't stop sticking. It's also waterproof which is great for the rain.
    http://www.liquiguard.com/architectural-coatings/gripcote/gripcote-ultra.html

  • 16 Aug, 2013

    A very superb tip! I have almost slipped off my rugs at home a few times because they become very slippery when placed against my smooth ceramic tiling floors. With these latex strips, I am pretty sure future near-accidents would be completely eliminated as rubber has a very high level of friction. This is very crucial especially for rugs placed in front of the bathroom doorand we need to wipe our wet feet on them.

  • 23 Apr, 2013

    Thanks for the directions. I just moved to my new house and I have a lot to clean up and organize. This would definitely help. Doc. B., Allentown dentist

  • 23 Apr, 2013

    Thanks for the directions. I just moved to my new house and I have a lot to clean up and organize. This would definitely help. Doc. B., Allentown dentist

  • 4 Jan, 2013

    this RUINED my hard woods!! It's like the wood pulled all the moisture from the caulk and left an "oil stain" looking mark all OVER my floors! Now we have to sand them down and totally refinish them AGAIN! So mad. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting the "oil stain" off?! I'm practically sick to my stomach.

  • 11 Sep, 2011

    Wouldn't that break apart?

  • 9 Sep, 2011

    As an accessory provider to a major homebuilder, we often place area rugs of all kinds in all places. For security and safety, we use rug grips, sometimes called rug liners, cut to size under the rugs. You can purchase rug to floor for hard surfaces or purchase rug to rug when you want to place a small area rug on top of wall to wall to avoid bunching, puckering and tripping.Cut the grip 1 to 1 1/2" less than the size of the area rug. Buy at Home Depot, Lowe's, Bed Bath & Beyond.

  • 9 Sep, 2011

    I have just bought a 5x8 jute rug which is a bit heavier. Will this work as well? I personally am trying something else be
    cause I had it around. Drawer liners that grip. I have one small piece under the rug but haven't had it on more than a day. Working fine at this point with just a 6"x4" gripping drawer liner.

  • 9 Sep, 2011

    Here's a very important question: Will the caulk react with the finish on your floor? We have nice factory-finished oak flooring, which has been discolored in places by the backing on rugs and rug liners.

  • 25 Oct, 2010

    I tried this and it works great! I have 3 puppies swho are constantly running thru the house and sliding on the rugs so I thought why not. These rugs are to be professionaly cleaned and I use my steamer to clean them so I don't now if the caulk will stay on or not. I'll just have to wait and see but if I have to do it again, I will.

  • 8 Sep, 2010

    Good idea but does the caulk stay on when you wash them??

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    I used the clear silicon bathroom caulk. BIG mistake!!! The silicon caulk left a VERY slippery residue on our kitchen floor. It took three different cleaners to make our floor safe to walk on. Looks like in the picture they used a DAP brand in white. Both rugs are ruined so I'll have to start over with new rugs :/

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    I would like to know if this will work if the area rug is on carpet? The picture shows hardwood below the area rug....

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    I LOVE the ideas here, but with so many questions, it would be nice if Martha Stewart's People who submit these ideas would follow-up on the many questions that are submitted on the idea pages. Thank you!

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    Pick up some double-sided "carpet tape." it is strong, but removable, and is good for many surfaces, including carpet-on-carpet. I use pieces of it to stick the throw rugs in my bathroom to the tile floor; then I just remove when I want to wash the rugs, and put down new tape.

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    I wish the people at Martha Stewart would respond to people's questions. I LOVE the ideas, but it would be great to get some feedback. Thanks!

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    what about putting the caulk on the floor (assuming it's not carpet). it should easily peel up if you need to.

  • 7 Sep, 2010

    I tried this with an inexpensive cotton rug for the kitchen. It doesn't really make it non-slip, and when you wash it the rest of the load of laundry then smells like the latex. Not a good tip in my opinion. I ended up peeling all of the latex off, thankfully it was a cheap rug.

  • 6 Oct, 2009

    I have a cotton kitchen rug that needs to be machine washable and is always out of place. Would it still be washable if I did this?

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    I'd think that silicone caulk would work better - dry faster than acrylic latex... any thoughts?

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    Would this work on any area rug? And do you have any suggestions for rugs on carpet to keep them in place?

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    You're not caulking it TO the floor, mainemoosie. You let the caulk dry, then put it where you want it, and the rubbery caulk keeps it from sliding all over the floor.

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    what's the deal when it's time to remove this from the rug or floor?

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    Exactly, flybaby - acrylic-latex caulk do NOT act like hot glue at all. SIlicone could be used for manmade carpet, but would damage natural fibers.

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    I don't know that hot glue would dry rubbery. It would dry hard, I think, and not add the "grip" factor.

  • 18 Sep, 2009

    Could you also use hot glue strips? They would be clear and not damage any flooring or be a problem in the wash even if they did come off. No drying time to add either.

  • 14 Sep, 2008

    Could you do this to any kind of rug instead of a rug pad, including persians?

  • 11 Sep, 2008

    Sisal and seagrass rugs should never be exposed to moisture as they are subject to mold and mildew growth when damp. Coiir rugs can be washed, however. Coir is made from the husk of a coconut. It's job in nature is to protect the coconut from nature . Because of this, coir is extremely resistant to water damage, insect infestation, molds and mildew. A coir rug can be taken outside (after a thorough vacuuming) hosed down, soaped up, swept well, hosed again and left to dry in the sun.

  • 11 Sep, 2008

    Sisal or sea-grass rugs would not be washed at any time.

    The caulk shouldn't hurt any flooring once it is dry. And, it can usually be peeled off if it starts to come off in spots.

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    If anyone knows, can the rug be washed safely?

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    when you wash the rug doesn't the caluk get in your machine?

  • 10 Sep, 2008

    I am wondering if this will do anything to my wood floor underneath the rug.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Would this also work on a throw run on a carpet?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    I've also used this trick on those winter dog socks since most of them are so poorly made.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Will the caulking work okay for cheap-ish bathroom rugs that frequently get wet (from dripping feet)?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Oh! This idea makes perfect sense and yet I don't think I would have ever thought of it. Thanks for the tip!

    If you wanted to use those non slip liners sized for rugs for extra padding, I bet you could use the caulk strips to attach the liner to the rug for a permanent hold.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Oh! This idea makes perfect sense and yet I don't think I would have ever thought of it. Thanks for the tip!

    If you wanted to use those non slip liners sized for rugs for extra padding, I bet you could use the caulk strips to attach the liner to the rug for a permanent hold.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    my husband is afraid this won't dry and either stick the wood floors or scratch them. any comments, suggestions?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    What does the caulk do to the floor underneath...safe for all types: wood, linoleum, etc.? Can the rug be easily removed later when it's time to wash the floor?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Won't the caulk rub off with use of the rug? Couldn't it damage a wood floor with the chemicals, etc from the caulk.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Could you do this to any kind of rug instead of a rug pad?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Great idea. So simple AND effective! Thanks.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    This is an awesome idea!! I perchased some area rugs for my bathroom last year, and my dog is constantly rearranging them on me by running and landing on them. This will keep them in place nicely. Thanks!!!

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    is this safe for all floors?? anyone have any advice on this..bamboo, tile, hardwood...?

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    this idea is GENIUS! I can't even begin to count the number of times I've slipped on rugs!

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    You did it, again! So simple, but I would never have thought of it!

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Great idea!

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Can this be used on area rugs made of other fibers? It's a great idea. I hate how some rug pads always want to creep out (like having your slip showing, LOL!) and this would solve that.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Can this be used on area rugs made of other fibers? It's a great idea. I hate how some rug pads always want to creep out (like having your slip showing, LOL!) and this would solve that.

  • 9 Sep, 2008

    Smart idea. I will do this!