Does your rug have curled edges or corners?

Does your rug have curled edges or corners?

Posted by Timbergirl on 1st Mar 2014

Many rugs have a tendency to curl at the edges due to there being too much tension in the foundation strings. This is usually because the tension was not adjusted sufficiently in certain areas when the rug was being made. A thick pile rug which is very tightly woven will be more susceptible to curling. Flat weave rugs with no pile can also curl although this is usually due to water coming into contact with the rug. In this case the wool can shrink unevenly causing the rug to curl.

Try 1 - Iron

Take a wet towel and moisten the areas where the carpet is curling. Next, take an iron and set it to a medium heat. With the towel still covering the carpeted area, hold down the iron and press. This should flatten the areas out. Do not set the iron at too high a heat as this could leave burn marks.

Try 2 – Heavy Furniture

Take the carpet and place it in the affected spot. Take available pieces of furniture and place it around the corners. This is usually where the curling is particularly bad. It may not be the best look for a room but it is only temporary and should sort the problem out within a week or so. Once that time has passed, remove the furniture to reveal a hopefully flattened area rug. 

Try 3 - Books

For some, space limitations may not allow for furniture to be used. In this situation, get your hands on all of the large sized books that you have to hand. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, phone books and so forth are the best but any large, heavy book will do. Leave the books in place for a week or two. 

Try 4 - Sleep over it!

For really stubborn area rugs there is one final solution to be tried. Remove the area rug from the floor and place it between your mattress and box spring. Make sure it is laying completely flat. Leave it for at least a week before you checking the result. This method should work for rugs that are badly curled at the corners. The rug needs to be the size of the bed or smaller for the best results.