Bathroom throw rugs with crumbled backing - what to do with them?

I have some very good bathroom rugs - the only problem is the rubber non-slip backing which is crumbling. Does anyone know if there's a way to rejuvenate these? Can the backing be removed in some way and a new one sprayed on? I also thought maybe I could sew fabric on the back but don't know how much trouble that would be.


I hate to throw these away as the top (rug) side looks like new. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!


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June 7, 20030 found this helpful

You can use a piece inexpensive rubber matting, sold for this purpose, under the rug.

First thought is, how are you washing the rug? Putting it into the dryer will help to dry out the rubber ... also storing rubber back rugs in the closet will make the back deteriorate too.

Letting rugs air dry will extend the rugs life!


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February 16, 20160 found this helpful

You can buy spray rubber for rug backing in a can called RugLock

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July 26, 20040 found this helpful

i have have washed bathroom rugs in my washer. but i am scared to dry them in dryer. is it safe to dry it in dryer? It takes days together to dry completely if dried in the sun. i really need some help. Does anyone know about this?

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July 24, 20070 found this helpful

peel all that stufff off, get a brush and that makes it faster to get rid of it too Dont need it anyway and it just goops up washer JWinkhart

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October 10, 20100 found this helpful

Just air dry toilet lid covers and bathroom rugs. Not meant for hot temps. When mine get to this point, I find another use for them, something always needs a padding.

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

Give them to a humane society, pet shelter.

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December 20, 20120 found this helpful

They sell a rubber type gel that is used to coat parts of certain hand tools; I'm thinking about buying a container and pouring or brushing this stuff on the back of the rugs. The product is sold at Lowes/Menards/Home Depot in tool departments. I don't know if the stuff dries hard or soft.

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October 29, 20140 found this helpful

OK, hear is how to repair those rugs. The white backing on the rug is a latex rubber. All you need is a jug of liquid latex and a paint brush. Most carpet installer supply companies will carry the stuff as it is used when seaming certain types of carpet to prevent the edges from un-raveling. Anyway, once you get the stuff simply brush on a thin layer and allow to dry at least overnight with the wet side up. When it feels dry to the touch all over, you are good to go.

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October 22, 2011 Flag

What do you do with rugs that are still very useable, but the backing is coming off? I have tried to remove it by washing, but made the biggest mess in my washroom and all of the backing did not come off. Thanks in advance for any help.

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October 24, 20110 found this helpful

If you remove the backing it usually has to be peeled by hand. You can peel it off and use as is, or add new backing but it isn't usually very satisfactory mainly because you will work yourself to death getting it off and probably won't get all the plastic off and it will be lumpy and continue to "shed". Use the rugs at the back porch door (outside even) or the garage door (house into garage) or inside your car on muddy days or in the dog's house...etc. I guess you know not to dry rugs with backing in the dryer? They will eventually peel, but they last a lot longer if you don't put them in the dryer.

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October 26, 20110 found this helpful

I use them in my garage, but I see somone else already mentioned that. They help get the big stuff off our feet before coming inside. And when the garage door is open they help keep the fuzzies and other things always coming off of the trees in the spring and early summer from getting too far inside. I vaccuum with my old vaccuum that I keep in the garage.

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January 16, 20130 found this helpful

Don't throw the bathroom rugs out that have lost their rubber backing. Get as much of the crumbles off as possible. Get rubber shelf lining to hold them in place, and position the rugs in your bathroom as you enter. I must have 4 or 5 bathroom rugs in this condition, and would never consider throwing them out, because the carpet pile is still is excellent condition. Just remember when washing them, use cold water, then air dry!

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