Repair instead of replacing throw rugs

How to Repair Throw Rugs

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How to Repair Throw Rugs

I was just wondering if anybody knows how I can repair throw rugs. The problem is that the rubber backing is just about gone. The rugs themselves are in very good condition except for a few small stains. Buying new ones can be expensive.

Apply Caulk to Back

I saw a tip somewhere that you could fix a throw rug by applying caulk on the back. It works fine. I do this on my chair cushions, so they don't slide.

Related: How to Find Affordable Area Rugs for Your Home

Great Product to Try

Fiber-Lok is a product that can be used to repair throw rugs. It can be found at craft stores, Walmart, or Amazon. You brush on a coat, let it dry, and then brush on a second coat. The backing is non-slip and much better than when the rug was originally bought. I have used it several times in the past to repair throw rugs whose backings have crumbled, as well as latch-hook rugs.
Becky in IL

Adhere Shelf Liner

I would think buying some of that rubberized shelf liner and hand-stitching it to the back of the rug would work.

Visit Craft and Fabric Stores

To replace the missing rubber backing on throw rugs, you can find jars of latex at craft stores or fabric stores to paint on the backside of the rugs. I have also used it to apply to the bottoms of crocheted and knit slippers to prevent slipping.

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Re-Purpose Old Throw Rugs

I re-purpose throw rugs in a couple of ways when I lose one from the bathroom. The dog is always glad for cozy bedding. The stoop area in front of the back door gets a rug. And since my bedroom is tiled, an older bathmat is a joy to step on getting out of bed.

If you want to save the mat for bath use, check out rug grippers that most places sell to keep a rug in place. If you'd like, stitch it onto the old rug for no skidding. If the mat was expensive, get a mat that is really cheap and stitch it onto the old one.

Get a Grip

When the rubber backing comes off of throw rugs, you might try sewing on some of the non-slip grip material sold at discount stores, such as Grip-It shelf liner. We use this under an area rug we purchased for our hardwood floors and the area rug had no backing at all other than the rug itself. We purchased the Grip-It shelf liner and cut into three strips close to the length of the area rug. It never slips. For throw rugs, you can either sew it directly to the rug itself or just lay underneath.

Use Old Carpet for New Backing

Look for carpets in garbage or junk piles that have been ripped out of houses when new carpet was put in. Cut a piece that will fit under your throw rug. Glue it directly to your old rug. You can also use double-sided carpet tape.
Van in AL

Reviewed January 2018

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