When a rug slips underfoot when stepped on, or you notice odd little white, rubbery flakes that appear on the floor near the rug, more than likely the latex backing has begun to deteriorate. Manufacturers paint a liquid latex on the backside of rugs to prevent tufts of yarn from working loose, as well as to make the rugs less slippery on polished floors. One drawback of latex is that it breaks down quickly. Repeated washings -- especially with chlorine bleach or harsh chemicals -- exposure to ultraviolet rays, floor wax and other floor care products accelerate the deterioration process. Wash the rug as usual and dry completely. Let the rug air dry on the line out of sun.
I recently had a client call me for advice. She had purchased a seagrass carpet not from us. She explained that the latex backing on the rug had disintegrated and had stuck to the floor. My thinking was this was a relatively minor issue that might require that some dust be swept or vacuumed. Was I ever wrong!
Skip to main content. Rubber Backed RUG. In stock. It arrived on time and in good condition, well packaged. Great for when I come home with a wet dog, which has happened a lot over the winter.