Rugs creeping on Carpet
Rugs laid on top of fitted carpets are the most common of rug creeping
problems and is caused by the carpet under the rug or more specifically
the pile on the carpet that the rug is seated upon. The reason for this
that all carpets have a pile direction, that is to say the pile does
not stand up straight, it leans in one direction. When a carpet layer
installs a new carpet he will whenever possible lay the pile towards
the main doorway, because when to looking into the pile the colours
appear richer, similarly when laying a carpet on stairs he will lay the
carpet so that the pile flows down the stairs, this is to increase the
wear ability and appearance of the carpet. When vacuuming a you may
also notice that it is easier to push in one direction or the colour
looks more consistent when vacuumed in one direction, this is simply
because the carpet pile has a set direction.
When you come to lay a rug, runner or doormat on top of a
carpet, be it large or small, heavy or light there is an extremely high
possibility that once in situation it will move. Once a rug is subject
to even the lightest of traffic it will start to creep in the direction
of the carpet pile beneath.
When stepping on a rug your weight is transferred though the
rug and the carpet it is seated on plus any underlay (padding), causing
an indentation that slightly distorts the rug. Once you release the
weight the rug, carpet and underlay and return to their original shape,
but because the rug is not fixed it will reposition it's self following
the natural flow of the pile on the carpet beneath. Depending upon the
location and situation of furniture prolonged activity upon the rug
will cause it to creep or ruck.
Rugs Creeping or skidding on hard Flooring.
On hard flooring surfaces rugs likely to skid rather than creep.
This is simply because the floor is slippy and the rug will move with
direction of the foot traffic upon it. Heavier rugs and mats are less
likely to skid.
How to stop your rugs and mats creeping.
There are many products on the market, from rug underlays to
sprays that can be applied to the backing of the rug. Some manufactures
will produce anti slip rugs with a rubberised or latex backing, please
note that these rugs are anti-slip, not anti-creep, they may still move
on a carpet.
Rug underlays will prevent the rug moving and also give a
little more cushioning on hard floors, but they can work our expensive.
Rug sprays such as Cybergold Rug Contol Spray will cover up to 8 square
metres, working out at fraction of the cost of underlays. Both anti
creep underlay and anti creep sprays work like a Velcro holding the rug
in place on both carpets and hard flooring. Whatever product that you
decide upon to stop your rugs and mats creeping, make sure that you buy
enough to cover the entire under surface of the rug.