Un-Curl an area rug?


I recently purchaed an indoor/outdoor area rug. When it was delivered it was all rolled up. I unrolled it and add heavy items to make the carpet lay flat. It didn’t work. Any suggestions/ideas how to correct this. I also thought about misting it with hopes it may dry flat. Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 19, 2020

    Definitely mist it, then add weights to it. I recently purchased one that was folded in half. I misted, turned upside side, and placed heavy items on the back side. It took a day to get it to lay down properly without a crease.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Oct 19, 2020

    I agree, get it wet and lay it out flat with heavy objects on top. Even better would be able to do it outside in the sun for a day or two.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 19, 2020

    Take a wet towel and moisten the areas where the carpet is curling. Then, take an iron and set it to a medium heat. With the towel still covering the carpeted area, hold down the iron and press. This should flatten the areas out. Do not set the iron at too high a heat as this could leave burn marks on the new carpet. To be extra cautious, you might consider starting at a low heat and working your way up as needed.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 19, 2020

    Here's a couple of suggestions:


    Sometimes the corners won't lie flat even after the rest of the rug relaxes in place. To flatten corners that are curling upward, fold them slightly under so the curve points down, leaving them that way for a day or two. If they already curl under, flip the rug over and curl the corners under, or leave the rug upright and set a heavy object near each corner for a day or so to relax the carpet fibers.


    If the rug still doesn't want to lie flat after a few days, help it out by ironing the curled areas on a low setting. Plain brown craft paper over the rug protects it from the iron. Iron minimally to avoid damaging the rug.


  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 19, 2020

    If it is physically possible to do so, I would also suggest rolling it up tightly in the reverse direction first, before trying to flatten it with mist and weights.

  • Janet Janet on Oct 19, 2020


  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Oct 19, 2020

    Hello. I think misting it is a good idea. Possibly rolling it up the other way - direction it might help get the memory out of the carpet itself.

  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Oct 19, 2020

    Hi Janet, sorry you are having problems with your new area rug. Hope this will helps you.Most people want it to lay flatter, faster.

    1. Take either the steamer or the wet sponge/towel and dampen the edges of the unrolled rug. ...
    2. Lay a damp towel over the edges, and iron them flat. ...
    3. Lay the rug upside down. ...
    4. Lay the rug where you would like it to go, and then rearrange your furniture.

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  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Oct 21, 2020

    Janet see if this helps you out


  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 06, 2020

    Hi Janet, steam cleaning the carpet should flatten it right out