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How to Flatten a Rug

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Cheers everyone, let’s talk about how to flatten a rug today. No matter it’s an outdoor or indoor rug. You finally found the perfect area rug  and can’t wait to unroll it when it arrives. So then imagine your dismay when you discover that the rug is completely bent, curled, wrinkled, or otherwise misshapen. Wrinkles and creases can also occur if you’re pulling a rug that has been rolled or folded out of storage.

For most rugs, being rolled up for an extended period of time means that it will require a little bit of “training” in order to lie flat again. But never fear – we’ve rounded up the best ways to reshape your new area rug so it completes your home.

Let it Settle

Okay, so the first suggestion is kind of a lazy one. But, depending on the condition of the rug, it might just work. If you’ve just unrolled a brand new area rug and it simply has some ripples from packing or shipping, usually if you smooth it down as flat as you possibly can and leave it alone for a day or two, the fibers will relax and the rug will start to flatten out on its own.

In some cases, gravity and patience are all you’ll need to get your rug in perfect shape. But for best results, try placing the rug on a hard floor while it relaxes, even if you eventually plan to use it on a carpet.

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Back-Roll it

In some cases, you won’t need to wait more than a couple of minutes to get your rug ready for placement in your home. Sometimes if you unroll the carpet and then roll it again in the opposite direction, that’s all you’ll need for it to lie flat. If this trick doesn’t work right away, you can also let the rolled carpet sit for a day or two before unrolling it again the other way.

Flip it Over

Most new rugs will have at least some curl on the edges when you first unroll it. And then, even when the rest of the rug relaxes, the corners still won’t lie flat. In that case, your next step depends on which way the corners are curling. If they’re curling upward, fold them slightly under and leave it alone for a day or two. But if they’re curling under, you’ll want to either flip the rug over and curl the corners under, or simply weigh down each corner with a heavy object (books, a piece of furniture, etc.) to help force the carpet fibers to relax.

Alright, in a nutshell, we tried to give you some easy but useful tips about how to flatten a rug. Hope that helps. That’s all for now 😍

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