tuesday tip – diy non-slip rug

This weeks Tuesday Tip is how to make ANY rug non-slip.  I saw this clever idea on Pinterest.  Unfortunately I can’t link back to the original because the pin was marked as spam.  But, the picture showed me what to do.  I just had to try it out.  

I have a rug in the kitchen that is very slippery and I’m always afraid someone is going to fall and break their neck as they run by.  
Plus is always looks like this.  Never straight!  It annoys me.  :)

I’ve tried the carpet tape.  
But, I like to take my rugs and give them a shake outside.  Carpet tape is more permanent.  If I take the rug off too many times to shake it out, the tape eventually just sticks to my floor and not the rug.  And now I have nasty tape stuck to my tile.  Gross.

I’ve tried the non-slip pad things (that look like cabinet liners)
 But they get bunched up under the rug and I felt like I was constantly straightening the whole situation.

Yay!  This really works.  Genius!  
The caulk lines make it non-slip, but you can still pick it up and shake it out. 

1. Get some silicone caulk and a caulk gun.
I went outside because caulk is stinky.  
It smells like weird vinegar to me for some reason.

2.  Make lines of caulk down the length of the rug.  
I think I should have cut the hole bigger because it was HARD to squeeze.  
(Maybe I’m just a weakling. ) 
3.  Wait for it to dry.  I left it alone overnight.

 4.  Above is a dried bit that didn’t stick.  I got lazy with the caulk.  Those parts pull right off.  
Make sure you press the gun into the rug a little bit as you are making the bead of caulk.  
5.  Above is a good line.  It’s all dried and you can see the difference.  It’s more “in” the rug not just laying on top.  

6.  And…IT WORKS!!!!  It really works.  
I’m going to make all my bathroom rugs non-slip next.  
Next time I will try to make the lines more even.  
I left a few big blobs and I can feel them when I walk on the rug.  But I don’t really mind.  
At lease no one is falling.


  1. says

    Terrific idea! I wish my grandma had known about that. I remember that she had stucco walls and slick wood floors which she kept polished. EVERY time I visited her, I would run into the house and slip and fall because of a rug that did not stick to the floor. And every time I came away with a skinned elbow because of the stucco walls. Thinking back on it, I wonder if those booby traps were intentional. LOL

  2. says

    okay this is a FANTASTIC idea!! Thanks for sharing…going to try it as soon as possible on the two rugs in my front hall that are constantly slipping around!
    And yes, I agree, silicone smells like vinegar- very weird vinegar!


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