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How do I attach rugs on top of a carpet? My house is carpeted; my rugs will not stay in place on the carpets.?

I am concerned that using the commonly available tapes will damage the underlying carpet. Specifically, if I used carpet tape to attach my rugs to my carpet, if I decide to remove the rugs and tape will my under carpet not be damaged? I appreciate any ideas. Thanks!

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You can buy a rug grip from most mass merchandisers (like Wal-Mart). It is a square or sheet of flexible plastic or rubber that provides traction for the rug on top of the carpet. The more traffic the rug gets, the larger the sheet of grippy stuff should be. It might look like the thicker foam sheets that you might use in cabinets to cushion dishes -- I have used that product to keep small rugs from traveling. Tape isn't designed to hold carpet to carpet -- you'll leave sticky stuff all over the carpet, rip out fibers, and ruin the whole thing. Nails down into the floor (through the carpet) aren't good, either, as they often cause the rug to stretch and finally tear.
Aug 23, 2017
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Aug 23, 2017
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Aug 23, 2017
Hi, There is rug padding available that goes under your area rug to keep it in place. They can be reversible for carpets or bare floors. Make sure that you buy a quality one that is not going to stain your carpet underneath.They help keep your rug in place and make it easier to vacuum. I would talk to a store that sells area rugs and I've seen them for sale on line. My mom had a cheap rubber one and it soon started falling apart and she was forever vacuuming up the pieces of it. Your underlay is usually 2 less than the size of your rug so that it does not show. Hope this helps.
Aug 23, 2017
Yes, you need to have the carpet to carpet non-skid. It should be pretty cheap. You could use duct tape, and it could very well keep the rug in place. that's basically what carpet to carpet padding is. It's very sticky on both sides. If you ever have problems removing the tape residue, try just a tiny, tiny bit of AFTA which is a solvent.
Aug 23, 2017

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