How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Tile: 5 Easy Solutions

How to Keep Rugs From Slipping on Tile: 5 Easy Solutions

Tile floors are elegant, beautiful, and durable. But, they can also be hard, cold, and slippery… especially when wet.

An expertly installed tile floor looks sophisticated and alluring because you can mix and match any style or color into any pattern you can imagine.

And they’re hard-wearing, as they’re made from ceramics or other industrial materials that stand up to impact without leaving stains or scratches.

However, when you install a tile floor, you sacrifice warmth and comfort for that beauty and durability.

The natural solution is to place a rug to soften your step, warm your feet, and prevent slipping.

Unfortunately, a rug can come with its own slipping problems.

So, with that in mind, we’ll cover how to keep rugs from slipping on tile floors using very simple solutions.


Why Is Your Rug Slipping On Tiled Floor?

Rugs slip on tile floors because there's no friction between the rug and the tile.

The backing on most area rugs is made with a polypropylene weave. It looks like rattan or some other natural material, but it’s really a form of plastic that’s spun into fibers that can be woven as easily as wool or cotton.

It looks and feels natural, but is more durable than any material found in nature.

When you place an area rug with a woven plastic backing on top of a smooth, rigid tile, you’re putting one smooth surface on top of another — so there’s no friction.

No friction means no grip, and no grip means any pressure placed on the rug from walking or standing causes the rug to slide.

It’s like stepping on a banana peel.


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Slipping rugs are dangerous. Why? Because they can send the poor soul who steps them crashing down onto the hard tile.

The person who falls may only come away with a sore bum, or they could fare worse and potentially hit their head or break a bone.

Another risk of slipping rugs is wedging. If the rug is usually placed near a door, say the garage entrance or the front door, it could get caught under the door and prevent it from opening.

If there’s a fire or some other emergency, nobody wants to be prevented from leaving quickly simply because the rug slipped enough to get stuck under the exit.

1. Use a Non-Slip Rug Pad

Cost: medium
Effectiveness: high
Ease of Installation: easy
Damage Risk: low
Longevity: long term

Non-slip rug pads are the most versatile choice to keep rugs from slipping because they can be used on any type, in any shape, and also on any kind of tile floor.


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How Does It Work?

A non-slip rug pad is a high-friction mesh that feels like a rubber backing. You can buy it in pre-cut sizes or in a roll that can be cut to match the shape of your rug.

Simply lay it down where you want to keep the rug in place and lay the rug on top.

It’s cost-effective, easy to install, and extremely versatile.


Because non-slip rug pads create an extra layer, it’ll raise the rug off the floor, potentially making it a tripping hazard.

You can reduce the risk of tripping by cutting the non-slip rug pad a little smaller than the rug. This makes it so that it can drape down and make contact with the tile around the edges of the pad.


2. Use Rugs With Non-Slip Backing

Cost: high
Effectiveness: high
Ease of Installation: easy
Damage Risk: medium
Longevity: long term

If a rug pad doesn't appeal to you, the next best thing is to buy rugs that only have a non-slip backing.

How Does It Work?

Traditional area rugs have a polypropylene backing with a shallow friction point.

Rugs with a non-slip backing use latex rubber for high friction contact with the tile floor. The same solution works for hardwood floors, too.


The three most significant drawbacks for rugs with non-stop backing are price, variety, and durability.


A rug with non-slip backing uses latex rubber, which can’t be chemically manufactured.

It’s more expensive to make because the suppliers have to match the purchase price against rubber availability, as well as the costs involved with purchasing and shipping the raw materials.


Since rugs with a non-slip backing are more expensive to make, they are commonly reserved for commercial use, such as in mechanical workshops and industrial plants.

In commercial settings, the function is more important than form, so rug manufacturers don’t make the rugs in a wide variety of pleasing styles. Simple, basic colors and patterns are the norm.


One of the reasons basic rug manufacturers prefer to use polypropylene is that it’s very tough and cheap.

Rugs with a poly backing will last years. However, latex rubber used in non-slip backings is prone to tearing and cracking from drying out.


3. Use Silicone Caulk To Keep Rugs From Sliding

Cost: low
Effectiveness: high
Ease of Installation: medium
Damage Risk: high
Longevity: long term

Silicone caulk might be the right choice for you to keep your rug in place, but make sure you use it under the right conditions.

How Does It Work?

Silicone caulk can be purchased in nearly any hardware or home improvement store.

Measure out where you want the rug to stay in place, and apply thin beads of caulk to hold the rug down the same way you’d apply glue with a hot glue gun.

Silicone caulk acts as an adhesive, just like hot glue. When the rug’s placed on top of the caulk, it sets after a few hours, keeping the rug from sliding.

It’s cheap and easy to apply, but there are risks.


Use extreme caution when using silicone caulk because it can damage or stain wood floors, vinyl tiles, and acrylic tiles. Plus, if you want to move the rug, removing the caulk could tear it and damage the floor during the removal process.


4. Anchor Your Rug With Heavy Furniture

Cost: low
Effectiveness: medium
Ease of Installation: easy
Damage Risk: low
Longevity: short term

Using heavy furniture to anchor your area rugs is another good option.

This is by far the most inexpensive method (it’s free), but it has limited uses depending on where you want to place the rugs in your home.


How Does It Work?

Place the throw rugs on the floor near heavy furniture in the space. This could be anything — dressers, a coffee table, a sofa, a dining table, or a large armchair. Lift one of the furniture legs and put it on the edge or corner of the rug, and there you go.

If the furniture has enough weight, it should hold the throw rug or area rug in place.


The largest downside of this method is limited placement options. Moving large, heavy furniture to the middle of the room and at an unnatural angle doesn’t make sense.

You’ll have to move the rug to meet the furniture, not the other way around, and that severely limits where you can place your rug.


5. Use Rug Gripper

Cost: low
Effectiveness: low
Ease of Installation: easy
Damage Risk: low
Longevity: short term

A rug gripper is either an adhesive or gripping patch that attaches to the backing of the rug and sticks to the floor.

How Does It Work?

A rug gripper could be a spray, velcro, or rug tape.


Rug gripper sprays come in cans that look similar to spray paint. Spray a patch on the backing of the rug and on its corresponding spot on the floor.

Immediately press the rug down and wait for the spray to set. This option is less permanent and damaging than using silicone caulk, but this also means the grip is not as strong.


You can purchase velcro in square patches at home improvement stores, hardware stores, or craft stores. Simply remove the adhesive cover and stick a half onto the bottom of the rug and the other half onto the floor.

This option can be a little better than sprays or rug tape because the velcro patch’s adhesive tends to be slightly stronger than the other methods and using it allows you to adjust the rug's position if it doesn’t lay just the way you want it.

Rug Tape

Rug tape is a type of carpet tape, similar to the double-sided tape you find in an office supply store. Tear off the double-sided carpet tape, and apply as many strips as needed to the rug’s backing.

Press the rug down on your desired spot, and the tape will stick instantly. As with the spray option, the tape will hold your rug in place, but the bond is not as strong as silicone caulk.


Rug grippers are an inexpensive, easy, and fast option, but this is a clear case of getting what you pay for.

These adhesives are not very strong, so they only hold the rug in place during light use, and wear out over time.


FAQs About How to Keep Rugs In Place On Tile Floors

As you can see, there are several options to keep your rug from slipping. Here are frequent questions related to this topic.


How Do I Keep My Bathroom Rug From Slipping?

Rug pads are your best option for the bathroom. Caulks and adhesives dissolve in high humidity areas, so running a hot shower or bath will reduce the effectiveness of anything sticky.


What Is The Best Rug Gripper?

The best bug gripper is rug tape — you can buy it in bulk, plus it’s easy to store, easy to apply, and the cleanest to fix if you make a mistake. That being said, it is not what we recommend as it can leave residue and potentially damage the flooring, depending on the material used.


What Is The Best Non Slip Rug Pad For Tile Floors Or Ceramic Tiles?

RugPadUSA makes the best non-slip rug pad for tile floors. You can check out our collection of sizes and styles here.


Will Rubber Backed Rugs Discolor Ceramic Tile?

No. Natural rubber-backed rugs will not discolor ceramic tiles.