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Friday, December 21
Earlier this week, I replaced our old kitchen rug with two new rugs from Target. They're not my favorite, but they were cheap and fit what I was looking for. All of the kitchen rugs I've seen lately that I've loved have had some sort of warm color in them (red, yellow, etc). With this red/orange tile on our entire bottom floor, I've been looking for cooler pieces for some nice contrast. Since I haven't found quite what I want just yet, these nice tan rugs will make do.
Another problem I've had with the tile - all of our rugs slip. Big time. I've never had a problem with slippery rugs before, but this tile in our new place is slick as ice. I found a large non-slip rug pad at Home Goods that I've been using for a few months now. It's not as durable as I'd like it to be, but again - it was cheap.
The pad itself was larger than I needed, so I cut off pieces to scale them down to individual rugs we've got in the house. So far I've been able to cut three different pads out of it - two for our kitchen and one for our guest bath - and I've still got some to spare.
Even though the pad helps keep the rugs from slipping, I still get this problem:
See that little bit of rug pad sticking out of the bottom? It happens every few days. The rug is sliding on top of the pad. I wanted to figure out a way to make it stick. So, after perusing what the internet said, I decided I had a few options:
Option 1: Try using acrylic-latex caulk via Martha Stewart's suggestion. I decided not to go with this because our rugs are really thin, and the caulk would make it slightly lumpy. Plus, I'd come across someone who tried this method and said that while the caulk helped it stay in place, it only helped the rug stay non-slip as long as you were standing on it. It was easy to move around if there was no weight on top.
Option 2: Buy a better rug pad. Decided not to do this either because a) Good rug pads can get expensive, and b) I didn't feel like going to the store (that's just pure laziness, folks. But I really didn't want to change out of my sweats).
Option 3: Use double sided sticky tape to hold the pad in place against the rug.
Option 3 it was!
I put short pieces of tape all the way around the edges and some in the middle to help anchor it. The results?
I'm pleasantly surprised. The tape holds, but it also peels off very nicely. When it peels off, it only sticks to the rug pad, and not the rug itself. So if I ever need to throw the rug in the washer, I just peel off the pad and toss the rug in. I took some of the extra pad I had left and cut off a long piece to fill that gap on the side. So far, so good. The rug is holding and the pad isn't slipping underneath it. Long term, though, I'll probably want to buy a better rug pad. But, right now, it's good to go. I've got nice rugs and I don't have to worry about any pad showing underneath.