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Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How many coats of Rug Anchor do I have to apply?
  2. How do I get the buckles and creases out of a flat-weave textile rug – that is, one that’s woven more like a blanket than a carpet-type rug?
  3. I set my rugs into place before Rug Anchor was dry. How do I clean it off my vinyl and stone floors?
  4. When I use Rug Anchor, should I discard the pad I bought for use under my rug?
  5. What is the long-term effect of Rug Anchor on wood floors?
  6. Can rugs and mats that have been treated with Rug Anchor be used on wall-to-wall carpeting?
  7. Is Rug Anchor recommended for use on laminated floors and other surfaces?
  8. Is Rug Anchor's anti-slip grip just as powerful for all types of rugs, runners, carpets, mats, and other items?
  9. Can I use Rug Anchor to secure bath or shower stools? What about securing cushions on these types of stools?
  10. Can Rug Anchor be used to take the slipperiness out of the soles of new shoes or slick floors?


1. How many coats of Rug Anchor do I have to apply?

Most of the time, only one coat is necessary. However, if your rug's underside is very porous, absorbent, or fluffy, additional coats of Rug Anchor might be required.


2. How do I get the buckles and creases out of a flat-weave textile rug – that is, one that’s woven more like a blanket than a carpet-type rug?

  • Dilute Rug Anchor with just enough water to enable the use of a spray bottle.
  • Wearing gloves, work in sections to spray on a light coat of formula on the entire back of the rug, shaping and flattening as you go.
  • When the rug is completely dry, spray on another heavier application, and again let it dry well.
  • Finally, to increase the rug's grip, brush full-strength Rug Anchor around the rug's underside border, according to the bottle label instructions.


3. I set my rugs into place before Rug Anchor was dry. How do I clean it off my vinyl and stone floors?

A biodegradable orange-peel- or d-Limonene-based cleaner will do the job quickly and easily, without strong chemicals and without scrubbing. (Just be sure to remove all cleaner residue before replacing the rugs.)


4. When I use Rug Anchor, should I discard the pad I bought for use under my rug?

No. Simply trim the pad to allow the border of the rug that's treated with Rug Anchor to make contact with the floor or carpeting. This ensures the powerful Rug Anchor grip, while the pad still adds cushioning and insulation to your rug. We do not recommend applying Rug Anchor to pads, as they are generally too delicate and will likely tear as they are lifted from the floor.


5. What is the long-term effect of Rug Anchor on wood floors?

Of course, this question was pivotal in determining the exact characteristics of and the finest formula for Rug Anchor.

Our valued chemists tell us that Rug Anchor's molecules are totally non-transferring, meaning that, once Rug Anchor has coalesced, it cannot combine with any other molecules.

They have determined that, over time, it can absorb oils, so we suggest regular, recommended wood floor care to maintain or replenish them. (We'd also like to suggest putting this on your calendar, as Rug Anchor will make you forget about your rugs that, for once, behave like they're a part of the floor!)


6. Can rugs and mats that have been treated with Rug Anchor be used on wall-to-wall carpeting?

Yes, they can. Look at this photo of a treated mat that has lain exactly where it was placed on wall-to-wall carpeting – more than three years ago!

You probably can see the cable that was placed under the carpeting when it was laid (it runs up the right side); you definitely can see that the carpeting is still soft and clean. And the pale wheat colors are just the same as they were when the carpeting was new! (Of course, you also can see that it's past time to replace the carpeting!!)

Just remember to dry, dry, dry after applying Rug Anchor and before use on any surface.


7. Is Rug Anchor recommended for use on laminated floors and other surfaces?

No. Because laminate is paper-thin, it's just too delicate for the powerful Rug Anchor grip.


8. Is Rug Anchor's anti-slip grip just as powerful for all types of rugs, runners, carpets, mats, and other items?

The power of Rug Anchor's grip mostly varies with the thickness of your application: A thin application will not be as strong as a thick one. (By the way, depending on the proportions you use, diluting Rug Anchor with water to make a spray can help prevent fabrics from fraying and unraveling – even if the spray is so diluted that it barely grips at all.)

Certain types of extremely "thirsty" floor coverings, such as flannel, high-pile, or terry/loop rugs and mats, can impede the powerful Rug Anchor anti-slip grip because of their absorbency and uneven surface area. Therefore, they might require several coats and, possibly, an application right in the center to improve stability.

Chemically-based materials, such as vinyl-backed rugs, shop mats, adhesive-coated pads, and oily-to-the-touch synthetic fabrics, can exude a somewhat slick (or even tacky) residue – especially when they are new and unwashed – that can mix with Rug Anchor during application and negate Rug Anchor's grip completely. A good washing with an effective detergent before using Rug Anchor usually solves this problem.

As with all projects, always test on an inconspicuous spot.


9. Can I use Rug Anchor to secure bath or shower stools? What about securing cushions on these types of stools?

No. Rug Anchor should never be used in damp or wet areas.


10. Can Rug Anchor be used to take the slipperiness out of the soles of new shoes or slick floors?

Definitely not! This would make the shoes unresponsive to the precise body/muscle movements necessary to maintain balance.

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