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From: Audie
Date: 11-13-2004, 09:05 AM (1 of 4)
I found a piece of Southwestern upholstery fabric which I would like to make into a rug much like the woven rugs you see everywhere. The fabric is pretty heavy, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a fabric that could be attached to the back that would serve two purposes: 1) provide extra body 2) prevent the cloth from being so slippery on a tile floor. I searched for rug backing and found one cloth which appeared to be a rubber, sticky stuff. Two individuals wrote bad reviews on this product. I also found something in a bottle that you evidently spread on the fabric. I am not familiar with this product, but it sounds messy also. If anyone can help with this, I would appreciate your input. Thank you.
User: Audie
Member since: 10-11-2003
Total posts: 4
From: beachgirl
Date: 11-13-2004, 09:25 AM (2 of 4)
JoAnn's has a product for backing rugs. It's in a plastic container. You put it on the back & let it dry for 24 hrs. I haven't used it. I don't know if it would would be what you want or not. It's to make your rugs non slippery. Might work if you put a couple coats. You would have to bind the material first as I'm sure you know. This product is like a rubber backing from what I understand.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: Chrysantha
Date: 11-13-2004, 09:36 PM (3 of 4)
For extra body you might try putting some cotton duck on the back (it's V E R Y stiff cotton cloth) and there is a non-slip rubber type stuff that you 'paint' on fabric OR tape that sticks should be able to find both or either at JoAnn's, Hancocks, Lowe's, Home Depot. There is also 'sheets/rolls' of non-slip rubber type stuff that are supposed to go on the underside of rugs. (Lowe's, Home Depot)...I've used the sheets, they're Ok as long as the traffic walking on the rugs isn't heavy. The bigger the rug the easier it is to keep it in place. The stuff you paint on, smells and you have to do it outside. (it's easier if you use a roller). I've never used th tape...
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: M & M's Mom
Date: 01-28-2005, 09:45 PM (4 of 4)
Don't know how big your rug is, but in the "old days" we backed rugs with a piece of canvas and sewed rubber canning jar rings at each of the underside corners to keep it from slipping. The paint-on latex rubber sounds like quite an improvement.
User: M & M's Mom
Member since: 12-01-2004
Total posts: 102
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