How to Repair the Backing on a Throw Rug?

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Over time and after repeated washings the backing on throw rugs can dry out and even begin to crumble. Often the face of the rug is still in good shape. This is a page about how to repair the backing on a throw rug.


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November 18, 2017

My large throw rugs have a rubber backing. It has not crumbled, but is getting dried out. The outer fibers (short shag) have begun falling out. Is the liquid latex sold at Lowe's okay to use? It says additive. These rugs are four foot rounds. Should it be applied only on the drying out part (about eight inches in) or to the entire rug?



November 19, 20170 found this helpful
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This is one way to repair your rug. However, I saw that one person suggested that you wash the rug first. This isn't a good idea because the backing and loose fibers will get inside the washing machine and could clog your machine.


You'll need to work outside the house in order to have enough fresh air and ventilation to apply this glue to the back of your rug.

You'll need to apply the glue to the entire back of your rug. Follow the directions on the bottle and always work with the recommended safety gear. I would wear a mash for your own safety when applying the glue to the back of your rug.

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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

There is a product called liquid latex that you can brush on the rug back to restore it

Step 1
Wash the rug

Step 2
Brush off any loose backing

Step 3
Ventilate the room

Step 4
Apply two coats. Follow the directions on the product

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November 19, 20170 found this helpful

Fixing a back of carpet.

Step 1
Get latex binding sealing glue.

Step 2


Rub it all over the back of your carpet.

Step 3
Do this outside for proper ventilation.

Step 4
Let it dry over night.

Step 5
Here is a link to you tube

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