Removing Rug Backing?

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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January 16, 20132 found this helpful
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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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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

I never dry my rugs for that reason. Yet, my rubber backing is crumbling and leaving a chalk residue on my bathroom floor.

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May 3, 20200 found this helpful

I dont buy rugs with the rubber backing. When the backing started to crumble, it made a mess and with 3 babies u dear 6, it was hard to clean. I just quit buying those types of rugs and went to the ones without the rubber backing.


I have also sewn a towel and made bathroom rugs for the tub. Just role in half and sew the edges. Easy to do and very absorbent.

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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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May 5, 20170 found this helpful

1. washed in cold water
2. did not use dryer
3. was not stored in closet.
4. some of latex backing crumbled off
5. why?

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April 22, 20180 found this helpful

I have a beautiful 2x5 area rug with a design just not available anymore....old fashioned roses and vines on sage and beige so I left the rug upside down outside on my balcony in the sunshine for a few days and then peeled off the rubber backing by hand. It is easier to peel if you fold the rug at the edge of the peel and work across the rug.


This is labor intensive but worth it if you love the rug. I would never brush a latex liquid on the back after this is done because you know it would just start to crumble again eventually. I just bought a non-slip backing, cut it a bit smaller than the rug and laid it back down. I am thrilled with it once again.

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May 17, 20190 found this helpful

I scraped off the loose bits and let the rug dry completely.
Then I cut strips of duct tape and covered the crumbled areas.
Seems to work and the rug did not slide.

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