By Liesl Clark
UPDATE: I tried the fix you’ll read below, and less than 2 weeks later our carpets were slipping again. The idea, from Martha Stewart, just doesn’t work for more than a few days. If you need a temporary tack-down I guess this could work, but if you’re looking for a more long term solution, read our post here.
Do you have carpet pads or rugs that slip? Don’t toss them. Use an indoor/outdoor adhesive silicone sealant to make them stop slipping. You can move your rugs around as much as you want but once they’re put into place they won’t slip!
Turn your carpet pad over and run some silicone sealant along it in rows about 4-6 inches apart. Let it dry before placing on your wood floor. The dried caulking will be tacky enough, while adhered to the carpet pad, to grip your floor!
For us this is a huge fix as our carpets have been slipping for years. Even with the use of fancy carpet pads, the carpets we’ve collected from all over the world were like Aladin’s ride every time we passed over them.
Slip no more and have a perfectly square tacked-down carpet that’s easy to move about if you want to change its position!
So, we’ll hang onto those old carpet pads and hope this sealant trick will last years. I’ve tried rubber bands, even used cling wrap and other sticky items under our pads and this is the first time our carpets have stood the test of kids and pets running across them without slipping.
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