Pros and Cons of Applying Rug Tape on Your Floors and Carpets - RugPadUSA (2023)


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If you have a rug that keeps moving around on your floor, you’ve got a few different options to keep that sucker in place.

While you might guess our top choice for keeping a rug from slipping is to use a non-slip rug pad (it is), that’s not for everyone — and that’s okay! We can still be friends.

If non slip rug pads aren’t your jam, rug tape might be more up your alley. And because we want all rug owners to live in harmony with their rugs, we created this handy guide on everything rug tape.

Ready to become a rug tape expert? Let’s go.

What is rug tape?

Rug tape is a double-sided adhesive that holds area rugs on the floor. It’s like that double-sided scotch tape, but way stickier.

There are different types of rug tape though — more than you ever thought possible. The most common ones are made of silicone, rubber, or adhesives such as glue.

The silicone-based ones are the best. Why? Long story short, they’re the least likely to damage your flooring, carpet, or rug. We’ll go into more of the juicy details on that further down too.

Benefits of rug tape

You may wonder, do I really need to use rug tape in my house?

Honestly, you may not. If you’ve got some killer non slip rug pads (hint hint 😉) or you just don’t have any rugs in your house, you probably don’t. On the other hand, rug tape may be a huge benefit for you.

Here are some benefits of rug tape:

Prolongs the life of your rug and floors by reducing friction.Eliminates slipping.It’s easy to install.It’s removable.

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Prolongs the life of your rug and floors

By keeping the rugs in place, the rug tape decreases the constant movement between the floor and the rug. That movement adds more wear on your rug which shortens the rug’s life. Plus, if your rug backing is scratchy such as jute or wool, the backing can also start to scratch your floors.

If you can lock your rugs to the floor with rug tape, then both the floor and rug will last longer.

Eliminates slipping

Rugs that lack a secure grip on the floor tend to fold, bunch up, or slide out of position. Not only does this look bad, it can also be a tripping hazard and cause injury.

The best solution to this is a non-slip rug pad or rug tape to hold rugs in place — especially in high foot traffic areas.

Easy to install

The installation process of rug tape is easy. Pick up the rug, make sure everything’s clean, slap the sticky stuff on the rug or the floor (depending on specific instructions), and put the rug back in place. BAM. You’ve got yourself a non slip rug.

It’s removable

When you need to move the rug for whatever reason, your rug tape should be easy to take off.

Some rug tape also keeps up its adhesive qualities for several uses so you can pick up the rug for a quick clean or shake out and just put it right back down with the same tape.

Negatives of rug tape

Despite the above benefits, using rug tape has two pretty significant downsides that you need to look out for.

Can damage some floors

A double-sided carpet tape with harsh adhesives can leave a sticky residue on laminate and vinyl floors. The residue is hard to remove, and you may risk scratching the floor surface as you scrape it off.

We’ve also heard of some rug tape just generally causing damage to all floor types, so just know that is a possible risk.

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A good rule of thumb is to test the tape on a small space of your flooring to make sure it doesn’t damage the floor.

Can ruin the rugs

A carpet tape with harsh adhesives such as Polyethylene Resin ruins an area rug. The adhesive material disintegrates over time and reacts with the carpet. And when removing the adhesive tape, it can rip off the mat or rug’s fibers. Yikes!

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Different types of rug tape

The several rug tape options in the market vary depending on their intended purpose. For example, carpet tape for wall-to-wall carpet is going to have different qualities than a removable rug tape.

The good news?

You can often avoid the aforementioned downsides of using rug tape by purchasing the right rug tape.

Be sure to choose one that’s compatible with your flooring and is safe to use on your rug. That way, that tape will have the lowest risk of damage to your floor and rug.

Let’s break this down on those different types of rug tape.

Heavy duty rug tape

A heavy-duty rug tape is meant for (you guessed it) heavy-duty grip. Think duct tape, but probably safer.

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Its strength and versatility make it suitable to use on rugs and wooden flooring to keep your rug in place for the long haul. Moreover, the heavy-duty rug tape gives you the freedom to use it both indoors or outdoors.

Did you know: You can use heavy-duty rug tape as an alternative to duct tape. You can use it to hang art, seal minor repairs, or attach to furniture feet to keep it from moving.


Versatile to use on hardwood, laminate, tile, marble, carpets, stone flooring, and stairs.Suitable for indoor and outdoor use.Leaves no residue or scratching on your delicate floors.


  • Costly.
  • Doesn’t offer a cushioning grip.

Best Used For: Wood/Laminate/Tile/Carpet
Ease of Installation: Easy
Damage Risk: Low
Longevity: Long term

Rug tape for hardwood floors

Hardwood floors are delicate, and most rug tapes can ruin them — a nightmare for any homeowner. The adhesive in the carpet tape easily reacts with wood flooring and wood floor finishes that’s exposed to the sun or heat.

That reaction loosens the grip and leaves discolored stains that damage the hardwood floors.

Instead of using a harmful carpet adhesive, opt for rug gripper tape. For instance, the double-sided washable rug stopper is suitable for hardwood, tile, large carpets, and small area rugs like a doormat.

What’s more? This rug tape won’t restrict your cleaning routines because it’s reusable. Simply pick up the rug, clean the carpet or floor as you would normally, then wipe down the gripper with a damp cloth, let it dry, then put the rug back down — sticky again! That’s because water reactivates the silicone grip, and it becomes sticky again.


  • Washable and reusable.
  • Doesn’t damage the floors when removed.
  • Suitable to use on smooth surfaces.


  • Doesn’t offer a cushioning grip.
  • Some reviewers claim the grip is not very good.

Best Used For: Wood/Laminate/Tile/Carpet
Ease of Installation: Easy
Damage Risk: Low
Longevity: Long term

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Rug tape for laminate floors

A laminate floor is more sensitive than other floor types and can react badly with some tape. That means you have to be even more careful about choosing the right rug tape.

One choice that we’ve seen good reviews for is the Xfasten double-sided carpet tape. It’s a heavy-duty rug tape that provides a sturdy grip while being gentle on delicate floor surfaces like laminate and wood flooring.


Leave no residue on laminate floors.


Doesn’t offer a cushioning grip.

Best Used For: Wood/Laminate/Tile/Carpet
Ease of Installation: Easy
Damage Risk: Medium
Longevity: Long term

Rug tape for carpet

The best kind of rug tape for a carpet is one made of silicone such as the XFasten Double-Sided Carpet Tape for Area Rugs and Carpets.

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Silicone is more durable compared to rubber when it comes to tapes and unlike rubber, it doesn’t leave a sticky residue. With many rubber tape, manufacturers use harmful chemicals or plasticizers to enhance the adhesive ability or durability and these can damage the floor. (Note: that’s not so with natural rubber.)

Silicone is also equally easy to apply and remove without ripping off the carpet fibers or floor’s surface. Perfect for temporary flooring over carpet.


  • Easy to install.
  • Doesn’t damage rugs and floors.
  • Long-lasting.

Best Used For: Carpet
Ease of Installation: Easy
Damage Risk: Low
Longevity: Long term

FAQs about rug tape

Still have some doubt?

Let’s get some answers to those questions still lingering in your mind.

What Is the best rug tape?

The best rug tape is the one that is most compatible with your flooring type and is safe to use on your rug. Always opt for a rug tape based on thefloor type you’re working with.

Does Rug Tape Work On A Carpet?

Yes. However, only double-sided carpet tapes specifically made for area rugs are safe to use on your carpet.

How do you tape down a rug?

First, make sure both your floor and rug are clean and dust free.

Then, depending on the specific rug tape instructions, you’ll either stick one side of the adhesive to the floor where you want your rug to be or to the bottom of your rug.

Lastly, peel off any covering (if there is any) on the other side of the tape and place the rug on the floor where you want it to be. Gently press down on the rug where the tape is to make sure it fully adheres to both the rug and the floor.

Will double-sided tape damage carpet?

Yes. The adhesive in a conventional double-sided tape is too harsh for carpets. It sticks and rips off the carpet material. Always purchase rug tape that’s specific to taping carpets such as a silicone-based tape.

Does rug tape ruin wood floors?

Rug tape made of synthetic rubber ruins wood flooring. The rubber material is too sticky and will rip off the hardwood finish. Instead, go for silicone rug tape to keep your beautiful hardwood floors intact. These should be safe for wood floors.

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Is carpet tape permanent?

No. You can remove the carpet tape at any time.

How strong is carpet tape?

Carpet tape is relatively strong. For instance, the XFasten Extra Sticky Carpet Tape has high shear stress resistance and tensile strength. It should keep area rugs in place for a fair amount of time, however the adhesive will wear down eventually.

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Can you use rug gripper tape on carpet? ›

Rug Gripper works on all floor surfaces, including carpet, and with virtually any type of rug or mat backing. The technology used in Rug Gripper is safe for all floor surfaces. You can easily reposition your rugs.

Will tape damage carpet? ›

A carpet tape with harsh adhesives such as Polyethylene Resin ruins an area rug. The adhesive material disintegrates over time and reacts with the carpet. And when removing the adhesive tape, it can rip off the mat or rug's fibers. Yikes!

Will carpet tape damage hardwood floors? ›

Avoid using carpet tape, foam-backed rug pads and plastic pads on wood surfaces. These can scratch and discolor wood flooring. Carpet tape is especially difficult to remove from wood floors.

Does rug gripper damage floors? ›

The adhesive used in the manufacture of Rug Gripper is water-based, which makes it safe for use on all types of flooring.

Will carpet tape ruin laminate floors? ›

The benefit of using carpet tape is that it causes little to no damage to laminate floors, compared to hardwood floors.

Can carpet tape be removed? ›

To remove the XFasten Carpet Tile Tape, slowly and carefully pull the carpet from the surface. Our carpet tape should remove cleanly without any sticky residue or damage on the surface. To make sure that no residue is left, then you can partially heat the adhesive before removing the carpet tape.

Is carpet tape any good? ›

Carpet tape is one of those often-overlooked but invaluable resources for any interior space with floor coverings. The best carpet tape is the right size for your job, adheres to your particular surface, and has the right level of permanence for your project.

Is carpet tape permanent? ›

Double-sided carpet tape can remain in place throughout the life of the carpeting it adheres to, but it can also be removed without difficulty. While it is usually used as a permanent adhesive, it doesn't have to be, underscoring its versatility.

Does floor tape leave residue? ›

Normally, expect to change the tape every four months. The excess residue will ooze out from beneath the tape creating a barrier for dancers to move smoothly over the seams resulting in their foot sticking into the floor and the dancer falling forward.

What tape is safe for floors? ›

Keep Your Floor Beautiful

To protect your wood floor, 3M recommends Scotch® Delicate Surface Painter's Tape.

Is floor tape easy to remove? ›

These tapes leave adhesive residue on the concrete that can be challenging to remove, especially if there is a finish on the floor that you don't want to ruin. Professional concrete floor tape removal can ensure the floor tape and adhesive residue are fully removed and the floor finish is left in it's prior condition.

How do you remove carpet tape from carpet? ›

Dab the area with rubbing alcohol.

Dampen a clean cloth or paper towel with rubbing alcohol. Then, press the alcohol into the carpet. Rub slightly to remove the adhesive residue. If the adhesive is stubborn, you can lay an alcohol-soaked cloth over the spot for about 10-15 minutes before rubbing.

How do you remove carpet tape from laminate flooring? ›

Remove and Replace suggests using either WD-40, rubbing alcohol, Goo Gone, nonstick cooking spray or white distilled vinegar. Pour one of these substances over the double-sided tape and wait for it to saturate the tape and weaken the adhesive. Use a credit card or plastic scraper to lift the tape off the floor.

What kind of tape is safe for carpet? ›

Duct tape worked great on carpets.

All the duct tapes we tested worked great on our carpet. Duct tape tends to come with a high-strength adhesive as standard, therefore, the performance was very similar across the range we tested.

Does floor tape stick to carpet? ›

Most tape doesn't adhere well to carpets.

What should you not put on laminate floors? ›

Don't use abrasive tools.

Laminate floors can scratch, so steer clear of anything abrasive (steel wool, for example). You'll want to use a soft-bristle broom or dust mop to sweep up debris. If you're vacuuming, be careful to use an attachment without a beater bar or rotating brush, which could scratch the surface.

How do you remove tape from hard floor? ›

  1. Pour a small amount of vegetable or olive oil over the sticky area.
  2. Allow the vegetable or olive oil to sit on the area from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  3. Rub over the area to remove the tape marks. Continue to rub the area until the remaining vegetable or olive oil is absorbed into the flooring and the lint-free cloth.

Can you put tape on hardwood floors? ›

The short answer? Yes, you can apply painter's tape to wood flooring. However, you will want to make sure you get a tape that is designed for delicate surfaces.

How do you remove carpet tack strips without damaging hardwood? ›

You can use a mini-pry bar or a cat's claw to remove the tack strip. The claw will dig into the wood strip around the nail that holds it to the floor. You can place the tip of the cat's claw into the side of the strip and it will split.

How do you remove adhesive from hardwood floor without damaging finish? ›

Eucalyptus oil, lemon oil, or petroleum jelly are all particularly good at removing glue from wood. Simply soak a paper towel and press it onto the glue before leaving it for five minutes. You should then be able to peel the glue off. Loctite glue remover will also reliably remove glue from wood.

Can you install carpet with just tape? ›

Plus, you don't have to use tacks, or even stretch the carpet. You can simply tape or glue the carpet to the floor, and move along with your day. It won't wrinkle or buckle during installation.

Can you use Gorilla tape as carpet tape? ›

Gorilla® Double-Sided Tape is made with a strong adhesive that is thick on both sides for a heavy duty bond. This tape is great for securing items indoors and out. Gorilla® Double-Sided Tape sticks to smooth and rough surfaces including carpet, rugs, flooring, wood, stone, brick, metal, vinyl, plastic, paper, and more.

How do you remove tape without leaving residue? ›

Saturate the Residue With Oil

Saturate the adhesive residue with vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let it soak for 30 minutes. Use a plastic scraper and an old cloth to wipe away the residue. Wash the area with warm soapy water to remove the oil and buff dry with a soft cloth.

What is the best tape to use on carpet padding? ›

Underlayment tapes which are commonly used for carpet underlay include; carpet tape, cloth tape, multiline tape, mushroom tape, premier tapes, and seaming tapes. Vinyl underlayment, however, requires different tapes. Frequently used vinyl underlayment tapes include vinyl floor tape and PMR vinyl flooring tape.

How long can you leave carpet film on? ›

There's a reason why the carpet protection film is considered temporary and needs to be removed within 45 days. If you remove it within 45 days, the film will lift off easily without leaving any adhesive residue behind.

How can I make my carpets last longer? ›

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How long does tape adhesive last? ›

Typically, shelf life for a pressure sensitive adhesive is one year when stored out of direct sunlight, in ideal temperatures of 60 to 80 degrees fahrenheit and at 40 to 50 percent relative humidity.

What happens if you leave tape on too long? ›

As crazy as it may seem, no one ever tells you what to do after you're done painting: how long to leave painter's tape on after painting? If you peel it too soon, you risk the paint dripping where it shouldn't; if you leave it on too long, you risk chipping away some of the paint when you take it off.

Is it better to take the tape off when it is wet or dry? ›

Wait until the paint is dry to the touch before removing the tape. Check the paint can for the manufacturer's dry times. Use a putty knife or razor blade to score along the edge of the tape. This prevents paint from being pulled up with the tape and from cracking along the paint line.

Does Dawn remove tape residue? ›

Removing Sticker Residue with Dish Soap

As a first approach, wet the garment and place a few drops of Dawn dish soap on the sticky residue and rub in a circular motion with a microfiber towel. Next, soak it in warm water for at least 20 minutes before letting it air dry.

Will masking tape damage floors? ›

Improper use of masking tape may damage floors and walls in several ways. The most common is poorly bonded coatings. In this case, I could see the tape was pulling up the last coat of floor finish.

What is flooring tape used for? ›

Floor marking tapes are adhesive tapes used to mark hazards, divide spaces, create aisles, or provide directions. They are commonly used in industrial and manufacturing facilities for floor marking.

Does duct tape leave residue on carpet? ›

Duct tape's high adhesion properties mean it typically will leave behind residue, so it's not the best choice when you need to remove the tape once your job, event or project is over.

Why is my carpet sticky after cleaning? ›

Why Is the Carpet Sticky? The most likely cause of your sticky carpet after cleaning is leftover residue. When your carpet is cleaned, either by a professional or an at-home shampooer, it works by mixing chemicals from a carpet cleaner with water, and then spraying the mixture under high pressure into your carpet.

Why does my laminate floor feel sticky? ›

Durable laminate flooring resists stains and cleans up quickly, making it a ubiquitous choice for covering kitchen floors. However, improper cleaning can leave a sticky film behind. Soap and floor wax are two common culprits. Cutting through film requires an acidic cleanser, detergent or both.

How do you get carpet tape off vinyl plank flooring? ›

  1. Peel off any sticky tape that is loose from the vinyl.
  2. Mix one part water with two parts white vinegar in a bucket. Apply to the sticky tape on the vinyl. ...
  3. Soak the sticky tape with the vinegar or adhesive removal. ...
  4. Scrape the sticky tape from the vinyl using a putty knife. ...
  5. Wash the vinyl with soapy water and a sponge.

Can permanent tape be removed? ›

Start by liberating one corner or edge of the tape from what it's stuck to. You can use a single edge razor blade or dental floss under the edge of the taped object to do this. Then slowly pull at the object to start separating it from what's stuck to.

Do you need to tape carpet underlay? ›

Once the entire surface area has been covered, you should then apply tape along the full length of each join in the carpet underlay. This will stop it from moving and prevent any unwanted bumps and lines in the carpet. It's also a good idea to trim away any excess underlay inside the grippers.

What tape is good for carpet? ›

Duck Rug Tape
  • 1 ZONGOOL Rug Tape – Best Overall.
  • 2 XFasten Rug Tape – Water-Resistant.
  • 3 YYXLIFE Rug Tape – Double Sided.
  • 4 Sugarman Creations Rug Tape – Laminated Backing.
  • 5 Duck Rug Tape – Long-Term.
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What to put under carpet to prevent slipping? ›

Felt pads: Felt pads are good insulators and provide a soft cushion and protective backing. On large-area rugs, felt pads can prevent slippage, but small rugs and runners will still experience some movement with felt pads, especially on hard surfaces. Some felt pads include a rubber backing for added grippage.

What to put under rug to stop slipping on carpet? ›

Use a Rug Pad

An anti-slip rug pad is the best way to prevent a rug from sliding or bunching up on a carpet. A carpet-to-carpet non-slip rug pad like the Carpet Lock Rug Pad holds your area rug in place on the carpet with its joint natural rubber and felt.

How long do carpet grippers last? ›

Ideally, they should be replaced every time you change your flooring. The only exception to this rule is if they're in a particularly good condition, or if it's been less than 12 months since they were last swapped out.

How far away do you put carpet grippers? ›

The gripper pins are extremely sharp and you should take care not to cut yourself. Position each carpet gripper approximately 10mm away from the skirting board, with the pins facing up and pointing towards the wall. This allows just enough space for the carpet to be tucked in around the edges.

How far should a carpet gripper be from the wall? ›

How far from the wall should I fix the carpet gripper? The gripper should be fixed about 7mm away from the wall, slightly more for thicker carpets. Check measure the depth of your new carpet with a tape measure before fixing any gripper.

Can carpet tape be washed? ›

You can, however, remove the strips from the back of the rug or mat to wash it, then replace them after you rug or mat is dry. As long as the strips remain clean and dry, they can be reused.


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