Silicone Caulk as a Rug Gripper – FAIL

silicone caulk as rug gripper

silicone caulk as rug gripper

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We talked yesterday about how there are lots of tips available on the internet and tv and how a lot of them aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.  Yesterday’s tip, removing paint from painted hardware by cooking it, was a big winner.  But the idea of applying silicone caulk to the back of an area rug, instead of a rug gripper, is a big FAIL.

I read about this tip years ago and wanted to try it.  Since our grandson is obsessed with moving the area rug in his room and then playing with the gripper, we decided this was a good time to try it.

David applied rows of silicone caulk to the back of the rug.  We let the caulk dry for a couple of days and then put the rug back in his room.  The caulk worked well as a rug gripper – at first.  But over the last month, it has gotten less and less effective.

silicone caulk as rug gripper

This morning I turned the rug over to take a photo of the back and noticed there are little pieces of caulk on the floor.

Silicone Caulk as Rug Gripper

silicone caulk as rug gripper

After I put the rug back, the dog stood on it and then took off.  The rug went flying.

silicone caulk as rug gripper

silicone caulk as rug gripper

I also noticed that in certain light you can see the ridges from the caulk.  It’s not a deal breaker but I don’t like it.

So using silicone caulk as a rug gripper is a big FAIL.  In case you wondered.

Have you ever used silicone caulk as a rug gripper?  Was your experience different than mine?

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7 thoughts on “Silicone Caulk as a Rug Gripper – FAIL

  1. I haven’t used caulk, but I did use a paint on material called Fiber Lok (from Wal Mart). I used it on rugs I made out of coffee sacks. It worked well – it’s a bit messy to deal with. My rugs were very thin so the ends would eventually curl and I did not like that. I didn’t try the Fiber Lok on bigger rugs – but it might work for yours – even if you put it around the perimeter perhaps.

  2. My friend, I may have some valuable information regarding this project.

    I too tried the white caulking and had NO luck….. BUT BUT BUT….. then I realized that 100% Silicone Caulking is clear… and it has to be 100% Silicone. It’s a little bit more expensive but IT WORKS!!!!!

    I hope this new information will bless your socks off!! Can’t wait to hear about your success!!

    1. I asked my husband about this – he’s a remodeling contractor – but he said the 100% silicone caulk actually comes in white and another color or two. He said he did, indeed, use 100% silicone. Not sure why your project worked and mine didn’t, though. Maybe it’s the rug, the floor or the 4-year-old messing with it!

  3. I used carpet “pads” made of latex to solve this problem. They are rubber mats that are placed on the floor to keep small rugs in place. They look a lot like the pads that can be used in the refrigerator crisper drawers. You should be able to find them where the small rugs are sold. If not, then they should.

    With so many homeowners opting for wood and tile flooring materials, these mats become an essential tool to keep decorative rugs in place.

    1. Are you talking about those “grippers” that go under rugs? I actually have those under most of my rugs. I had some leftover pieces I was using under Calvin’s rug. The problem was that he kept moving the rug and then playing with the grippers. I got sick of putting them back so we tried the silicone caulk to see if it worked. It didn’t so the grippers are back.

  4. In a word, you did it wrong.

    Yes, if you simply just run lines of caulk in one direction, your rug will still not stay put. But the instructions I found–which DID call for using clear silicone tub caulk, not acrylic or latex–direct your to run a bead of the caulk around the perimeter of the rug first, about 1″ from the outer edges, and then run your parallel lines within that frame, about 6 inches apart. As you go along, use your finger or a putty knife to spread the bead out and flatten it, which also makes it wider, and will permit the silicone to grab the bare flooring better. I also ran short lines diagonally between the parallel ones, and another short diagonal line from the outer edge of the ‘frame’ to the outer edge of the runner or rug on each corner, to keep the edges from curling. Let the caulk cure for a full 24 hours, and then lay your rug where you want it. Two adult German Shepherds run across my runners and rugs now and neither the rugs/runners or the dogs are slipping and sliding anymore!

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