How can I restore/repair crumbling rubber backing on bath mats?

by Nancy
I have bathemaats and scatter rugs that I have washed in the washer over the years, (not dried in the dryer) and the rubber backing is totally shredded. What can I do to make them so they stick to the floors again. Is there a commercial replacement for the rubber? These rugs and mats match my decor, are still otherwise functional and colors are no longer available.

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  • M. M.. M. M.. on May 27, 2018

    There are no-slip mats one can put under the rugs, but I can't say what a repair for your rugs could be without a picture, Machine washing tends to degrade rubber and make it crumble/break down.

  • Sarah Chamberlain Sarah Chamberlain on May 27, 2018

    You might try spray nonslip backing and spray it on very thick. You should be able to find it in a craft department or craft store.

  • Joan Joan on May 27, 2018

    You could try either stitching or maybe using glue to attach rubber canning rings to the back of the mats.

  • 27524803 27524803 on May 27, 2018

    Most home improvement stores sell the non-skid rug backer... just cut to size and hand sew on the back of the bath mats.... or you could just buy new ones.... aren't you ready for a color/style decor change right about now?

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 27, 2018

    Try asking at the Craft Shop if they have a Rubber type Paint? If not some form of Liquid Rubber. I remember backing mine with an old Flannelette Sheet, but it did sit on carpet. Maybe Velcro to the floor??

  • Nancy Nancy on May 27, 2018

    I just bought a huge roll of that no-slip mat at the Dollar Store for a pittance. I am going to try to glue it to the back of the mats/rugs so the shredded rubber wont keep falling off.