Moving door mats are a prevalent issue, especially at entrances where a large door mat is frequently placed on top of carpet. We've put up four choices for keeping your door mats in place and preventing rugs from slipping on carpet or concrete surfaces.
What Causes My Mat or Rug to Shift?
Due to the actual carpet pile underneath, rugs and mats slide and crawl when placed on top of a carpet. The carpet pile will move when someone walks on your rug or mat because it is not a solid surface, and the matting on top will not stay in place. Rugs and mats can move regardless of their size or weight, even if they are particularly large floor mats or runners. Smaller mats are also more difficult to work with and show the greatest drifting.
How to Prevent Mats from Sliding
The Rubber Backing And Quality Of Floor Mats
Before we discuss non-slip door mat goods that may be purchased to reduce displacement, we must first assess the mat's quality and backing. Unfortunately, this is frequently where the issue begins.
Cheaper items frequently have a light backing, which can increase the danger of wandering. Heavy-duty floor mats with the least amount of movement are frequently rubber-backed with nitrile, a premium rubber used in commercial and industrial settings. This backing is durable, flexible, and flat when installed, eliminating movement and creeping. Borders will not 'flick' or 'curl' at the edges and will remain level. What's more, it's washable, which means that these things may often be machine washed and still return to their solid flat state.
Carpeted or Hard Floor Mats or Rugs
As mentioned in tip 1, the backing should be rubber, which is what most commercial manufacturers would use.
The right backing functions as an anchor, holding the goods firmly in place. Most 'off the shelf' or 'stocked' goods have a 'universal backing,' which is designed to work with both carpeted and tiled or hard floors. However, suppose you discover that the universal choice still has some mobility. In that situation, you might need to use a secondary product like an anti-slip door mat or rug underlay, which we'll talk about next.
What's Under Your Mats, Anyway?
The next issue we frequently encounter is that when floor matting is ordered, it is frequently rolled out and placed in the designated entrance or reception area right away. The dried dust, grime, and flecks of grit that hide beneath the carpet can often function as little wheels, creating significant wandering if this spot has not been cleaned before the placement! To avoid entrance mats or rugs slipping on carpet, we always recommend carefully cleaning them before placing them in place.
To prevent rugs from slipping on carpet, use underlay.
If you've tried everything else and still have movement, we recommend investing in a non-slip door mat underlay. You can pick between two types: one for carpet and the other for hard surfaces.
Grip tape or grip underlay can be applied to the back of mats to go onto the carpet.
Sticky pad underlay can be applied to make anti-slip mats for tiled or hard surfaces.
Set the tape or pads on the back of the mat for both ways, then place it on the selected portion of hard surface or carpet.