Fix rubber backing on bathroom rugs

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The non-slip coating on the back of my bathroom rug set is starting to crack and flake off. Is there anything I can paint on to stop this and prevent further damage? I know I could use duct tape, but that may loosen up and fall off in the wash, causing more damage.

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  • Pg Pg on Nov 14, 2017
    Try a hot glue gun, putting lines of glue on the back of the rug and let it dry. They will act as the latex used to act once dry.
    • 121 121 on Nov 15, 2017
      Hello Janet:
      Thank you! The website you recommneded is great. Very thorough and complete answer.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 14, 2017
    It is old and either you change the Mat set or use liquid latex on the back of it once you have removed all flaking and loose rubber........
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 14, 2017
    Don't put rubber-backed rugs in dryer. You might try some of that flex seal stuff.
  • Dfm Dfm on Nov 14, 2017
    There are rug grippers..use them under my throw rugs. They are slightly tacky. Hold well. They look a bit like hardware cloth. Only yellow and sticky. Found them near the rugs. Different sizes available.
  • Jason T. Lee Jason T. Lee on Nov 14, 2017
    once damaged the rubberized coating will continue to deteriorate. You can try removing as much of it as you can and then coat it with a rubberized spray coating. Honestly I would just replace them. That’s just me.
  • Joan Joan on Nov 14, 2017
    Some people have had success with sewing rubber canning rings on the back to prevent slipping. I have not tried it myself.
    • 121 121 on Nov 15, 2017
      Hello Joan:
      Thank you! It's a novel idea, and I love when people think outside the box!
  • Gina Bellini Mccrudden Gina Bellini Mccrudden on Nov 15, 2017
    I would buy a large piece of felt and with a hot glue gun put in on the whole back of the rug, and then buy those rubber pieces they sell so your area rugs stay in place and glue that to the felt.
    • 121 121 on Nov 15, 2017
      Thank you, Gina! This is brilliant. It might take a little work, but I really love this set of rugs.
  • Gina Bellini Mccrudden Gina Bellini Mccrudden on Nov 16, 2017
    So Glad I could help. Good Luck :)
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