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  1. john bradford

    john bradford New Member

    First, apologies if my search missed previous posts/solutions on this.
    The original, builder-fitted carpeting was of such poor quality that The creeping of rugs laid on top was easily prevented by a few strategically placed drugget pins. However I'm gradually replacing with decent carpeting. In the hallway is a long runner which lives up to its name on the new pile - fortunately it 'runs' on the pile below in a lengthways direction, though the pile is deep enough that it takes a lot of pins across one end [like 12 in 2ft] to anchor it. I foresee problems in the 2 living rooms, which have large woven carpets on the fitted carpeting [and they tend to move even on the old carpet, despite anchoring with pins. I have looked at Lok-Lift [but am sceptical] and thinking of something radically different:
    As the woven carpets are always in the same position, would it be feasible to cut the fitted carpet beneath this area into strips to lay in opposing directions, like stripes on a mown lawn? This way I'm thinking the rug would be pulled evenly in both directions...
    Ok, maybe it wouldn't work, but I'd welcome your thoughts, experiences, sneers, whatever.
  2. neilrj

    neilrj New Member

    Not a floor layer, just a lurker, but carpets and rugs are surely a bad idea? It's usually a smooth COLD floor needing rugs or a carpet, both is just silly, and anything fabric is just a store of allergens and crap?
  3. St1gzee

    St1gzee Member

    Radical solution as follows pump a couple of tubes of rubber bathroom sealant in an L shaped fashion working from the outside to the inside within each corned towards the centre of the back of the offending rug or runner.thick beads, let it dry thoroughly say over 48 hrs until it's solid.Turn it over and place it in position..
  4. Sully

    Sully New Member

    It might be worth trying Foxi, it seems to be about the best of the rug grips.
  5. marks.fletchers

    marks.fletchers New Member

    This is not perfect solution but yes you can try it as woven carpets can be cut and maid in strips.
  6. john bradford

    john bradford New Member

    Well, all, I've kind of come to a conclusion: the problem lies in 'ratcheting' by the spikiness of the carpet pile, not the underside of the rug, so that when the carpet is depressed, eg by foot on rug above, the pile 'falls over' in its favourite direction [according to the style of weave], taking the rug with it. This applies most of all to cut piles - especially long 'deep' piles. When the foot is removed the weight of the rug keeps it in its new position, and the pile beneath, now no longer toothed into the underside of the rug, regains its more upright position, ready to fall again. In this way the whole carpet gradually moves as it is walked over. Small rugs actually run rather than walk as they are less anchored by the weight of their unwalked-on majority. Use of drugget nails along the trailing edge through to the boards is a good way of stopping it on thin carpet/underlay. It's not exactly good-looking though, and pins long enough to go through decent carpet are rare. I am gonna place my hopes on berber-style carpet, with uncut pile of a low tight profile, and will report back when done! NB: for those concerned with allergens: I am of an age to be brought up before the fad for considering that a childhood must be clinically clean, so am fortunate enough to have eaten my peck of dirt early on and developed a robustly allergy-free system.
  7. Nickthecarpet

    Nickthecarpet Member Pro Floor Fitter

    Rugs walk on carpets.

    There are underlayments to stop it, Foxi being one. They're not cheap but they work.

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