By Liesl Clark
It worked for a week or two and then the carpets started sliding again. I’m talking about the silicone caulking trick I raved about in this post here.
Now I’m ready to admit it just didn’t stand the test of time. Perhaps our wood floors get too dirty, or the children running and sliding on the carpets dislodged the sticky caulking free, but now I have a wad of useless silicone strips to throw away as testimony to my failed fix.
Never fear, however, a solution is near (the one that’s been around since your great great grandparents’ time): Carpet tacks! I didn’t want to nail our carpet pads down to the floor to keep our carpets from sliding, but…if I wanted to save hours of repositioning my carpets, tacking them down was definitely the answer.
I came up with a variation to the theme, however, that wouldn’t put a hole in our wide floor planks. I decided to hammer the tacks (or in my case nails because my pads are so thick) into the gaps between the boards. No hole will be seen in the floor and I promise to post an update if this, too, doesn’t work. Each carpet pad is now nailed down with 4 nails, one on each corner (not too close to the edge.)
So, if you see a post out there on Pinterest or some DIY homemakers’ magazine that says you can use silicone caulking to stick your carpet pads (and hence your carpets) to the floor. Don’t believe it! The caulk trick will work for a week or so and then it’s slippety do dah again for those carpets.
Simply get out a hammer and carpet tacks and you’ll end your ever-moving rug woes forever.
If you’ve just had it with our carpet or have remnants you want to repurpose, try some of our carpet reuse ideas at Trash Backwards: