I have several small orientals on top of w/w carpeting. They never stay put.
The slightest foot traffic makes them meander all over the wall to wall
carpet. This happens without regard to the size of the throwrugs. Even 9x12
carpets are forever on the move.
I have tried the rubberized underlayments, without success. Short of nailing
them to the floor, what can I do to hold them in one place?
I bought a spray made for area rugs that slip around at Ace I think, so
im sure is safe. It is probably a glue , even brushing on something like
silicone rubber or caulk in small areas and let dry will give stick.
There is a difference in the rubberized underlayments. Some are
designed to go between a smooth surface & a rug & the other is
specially made to go between a carpet & a rug.
I would never use a spray adhesive if you value your carpet or your
rug. It's really hard to get that stuff off and it isn't sticky enough
to work in your application.
If you notice, they always go the same direction. That is due to the
lay of the carpet tufts. I just replace my w/w and they somehow got it
down the same way so my rugs still go the same direction. I haven't
tried any of the sprays as I can't picture anything that would hold
them in place without adding something to the w/w carpet itself.
We use a tacky mesh material made specifically for that purpose. It's
not an adhesive, it just has enough tack to hold the throw rugs in place.
It's effectiveness seems to vary with the backing on the top rug and how old
it is; tends to lose its tackiness. I've seen it at Home Depot and Lowes
and carpet stores.
If you go to a "real" carpet store and describe your problem they can
provide a firm felt carpet pad that is made especially to solve this
problem. It's like the old-style felt underlay pads that used to be
used under regular carpeting you put on the floor, except it is firmer
and more solid. It provides a semi-flexible platform that holds the
rug in place, even when you walk on it. They are about 3/8 inch thick.
We have two in our house which we use for two smaller oriental rugs
laid on top of large broadloom area rugs. One oriental is about 6' x
8'; the other is 3' x 4.8'. The pads work great, with virtually no
movement. They look good when the rug is over it. Thin rugs may
wrinkle slightly after a while, but not much. Just straighten them out
from time to time.
Don't know the name, or even if the pads have a name, but they work
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