Posted on: 23 August 2016
Seagrass carpets and rugs not only look stylish and blend easily with any interior décor scheme, they are also extremely hardwearing and durable. However, if you find that your beautiful new seagrass carpet has become 'glued' to your polished wooden floorboards, don't panic. Here's how to fix the problem.
Why has your seagrass carpet stuck?
First of all, it's important to realise that this problem does not mean that there is anything wrong with your seagrass carpet. Wooden flooring is often treated with various chemicals to seal it that can react with the natural latex backing of your seagrass carpet, effectively causing it to melt and stick to the flooring.
Fortunately, losing some of its latex backing won't damage your seagrass carpet, and you can have it re-finished by your supplier if you wish.
How can you prevent your seagrass carpet from sticking to the floor?
The simplest and most effective way of preventing your seagrass carpet from sticking is to invest in an under-rug from your carpet supplier. The rug is placed between the floor and the carpet to form a breathable barrier that prevents the latex from melting and keeps the rug from becoming stuck.
How can you clear up the mess?
Although it's a rather messy job, you can remove latex from your floor relatively quickly and easily. You'll need some solvent (white spirits are usually good), a plastic scraper, some light-grade steel wool, and plenty of cloths.
Start by scraping up as much of the latex as possible, taking care not to create gouges in the floor. Use a pad of light-grade steel wool to gently apply the solvent to the remaining latex and leave it to work for 15 minutes or so. When the latex has softened sufficiently, use the scraper again to lift it off the floor, and then wipe the whole area over with a clean cloth.
This should be sufficient to clean the floor without damaging the finish.
To avoid having your new seagrass carpet or rug sticking to your wooden floorboards, always invest in an under-rug to go with the carpet at the time of purchase. It's a simple job to fit the under-rug yourself, or you could ask your supplier to do it for you if you prefer. If the worst should happen and your rug sticks, follow the guidelines above to return your floor to its former condition and replace your carpet, this time with a suitable under-rug!
For more information, contact a seagrass repair expert in your area.Share