October 2012 |
Area rugs can be a great and easy way to change the look of your room. Rolled-up rugs can develop creases and folds, and sometimes making the corners lift. Here are few methods to keeping a floor rug flat.
- Unroll your rug or carpet on a flat surface. Allow the rug to sit for at least 24-28 hours to flatten out under its own weight.
- If the rug does not flatten on its own, here are a few methods to help the flattening process:
- Roll or fold the rug in the opposite direction, which also known as “reverse rolling”.
- Place heavy objects such as furniture or books on top of the rug (especially the corners) allowing the weight to flatten out the creases.
- Use double-stick carpet tape on the corners of the floor rug to help keep them securely to the floor. Double-sided adhesion works the best in low-moisture environments.
- Place your carpet in direct sunlight for several hours. Temperatures of 70 to 85 degrees should release much of the rug’s tension.
- Have the rug professionally steamed.
- Once the floor rug has been flattened, lay it in the area you desire.
- A synthetic rubber coating can be applied to the back of the rug to help the rug from sliding and shifting.
- Keeping the rough soles of shoes off your carpet and rugs can help prevent wear and damage.
- Vacuum your carpet consistently and have it professionally cleaned every 6-12 months.