No-Slip Carpet Fix

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!

Silicone caulking works perfectly on the backside of your carpet pad for making a tacky-impermanent sticking surface for adhering your pad to a wooden floor.

Silicone caulking works perfectly on the backside of your carpet pad for making a tacky-impermanent sticking surface for adhering your pad to a wooden floor.

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!

No-Slip Carpet. Photo © Liesl Clark

No-Slip Carpet. Photo © Liesl Clark

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.

We used to come down the stairs and slip on the carpet (even though it had a pad.) Slip no more! Photo © Liesl Clark

We used to come down the stairs and slip on the carpet (even though it had a pad.) Slip no more! Photo © Liesl Clark

Slip no more and have a perfectly square tacked-down carpet that’s easy to move about if you want to change its position!

House of Many Carpets. Photo © Liesl Clark

House of Many No-Slip Carpets. Photo © Liesl Clark

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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3 Comments on “No-Slip Carpet Fix”

  1. March 9, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I never thought of caulking. I have a cheap throw rug near my door for shoes, I am constantly repositioning it I’m going to try this when I pick up caulk to repair my drafty window and a spot on the storm door.

    • March 9, 2013 at 3:10 pm #

      It should work wonders for you. No more repositioning. I feel like I’ve spent a lifetime repositioning all of our carpets. This week they’re all staying put!

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