Causes and Solutions to Curling of Rugs
Rugs are dynamic aspect in protecting floors. They add visual pleasure to a room. However, some rugs may wear and tear in the end. One of the common issues is the curling of corners, folded edges and bent borders. Here is an infographic explaining various reasons resulting in rug curling and their solutions
Causes of Rug Curling
- Type of Weave: Hooked and knotted floor covers are susceptible to moderate curling. Fringed and flat weave ones are worst to be affected, as they normally have jutting edges. Braided fabric covering are relatively better and remain uncurled for quite a time.
- Edge Binding: Poor backing or binding can trigger curling of carpet borders sooner than expected. Sharp angled edges are prone to folding. Curved and tempered edges remain in their original condition for a longer period.
- High Traffic: A lot of footing activity on surface may push the edges upwards in the long run. Rubbing of shoes, foot and disturbing the position of fabric cover repeatedly can distort the edges.
- Wrong Cleaning Method: Running the vacuum cleaner against the direction of pile may ruffle the edges of floor covers. Hand washing synthetic carpets, high heat steam cleaning and rough scrubbing may result in harming the yarn of fabric cover.
- Variation in Temperature: Growing humidity, summer heat and dwindling temperature may affect the yarn. The risk of pulled wefts due to temperature change can result in bending of their borders.
- Improper Storage: Keeping the fabric covering rolled up in wrong direction or folding them when they not supposed to, can lead to curling of their edges. Use proper packaging material to wrap these to maintain its good condition.
Tips to Remove Curled Rug Corners
- Reverse Roll: Before laying the carpet, roll it over the wrong side firmly. After maintaining the rolled up position for few minutes, let it roll out on the floor. This will train these to curl, if it does, downwards and not upwards. This will prevent the corners from folding.
- Iron Edges: Another way of straightening curled corners is to iron the rear side of the patches where pile moves upwards. Adjust a steam or electronic iron at low temperature, just enough to provide little heat to the curled corners. If you are not sure how to go about it, seek professional help.
- Rug Pad: Install non-slip pads under carpets. This will prevent these from folding, which in turn saves corners from being bent. Some of the pads can be placed right under the edges, while others serve as a complete foundation to the fabric covering.
- Adhesive Tape: There are double-sided and adhesive tapes available to fix the corners firmly to the floor. Purchase the ones that are not too sticky and can be removed without much of an effort. These tapes will help the carpets to remain grounded to the floor without shifting or moving.
- Repair Wefts: A helpful professional way to deal with curled edges is to repair the stretched and pulled internal wefts that lead to curling. Damaged internal wefts often cause the edge and surfaces to crumple and push out. This will permanently get rid of folded corners
- Place Heavy Object: An inexpensive way to deal with curled edges is to place heavy object on such corners for a week or so. Remove the object later to find the curled corners, straightened. However, be careful not to stress the floor cover with too heavy an object that can create dent marks.