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What is Carpet Tape?

Malcolm Tatum
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Updated May 16, 2024
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Carpet tape is a collective term used to identify three types of tape routinely used with carpeting projects. One type has to do with keeping carpets and area rugs in place. The term is also used for a product that is used to bind up raw edges on carpets and carpet fragments. A third form has to do with joining two or more sections of carpeting to create a single piece.

When it comes to keeping a rug in place, a double-sided carpet tape product is often used. Adhesive found on both sides of the tape made it possible to create a strong bond between the backing on the carpet and the floor surface. This type of tape is usually found in rolls, as with any other type of tape product, and is an ideal solution with any carpeting that is not manufactured as a no-slip rug.

To keep the adhesive fresh and the tape ready for use, a paper backing is usually included on one or both sides of the tape. The backing is peeled away after the sections of tape are cut to fit the dimensions of the carpet or rug. Cut sections of the binding tape are affixed to the underside of the rug, which is then moved into position on the floor. Smoothing out the rug and pressing slightly on the areas where the tape is found underneath help to establish the bond between the rug and the surface of the floor.

A second type of carpet tape is used to bind the raw edges of a carpet fragment. This product is often helpful when using a larger fragment for an area rug. The vinyl tape is affixed to the underside, leaving a small lip that is folded over and pressed into place on the front side. While not as secure as other forms of rug binding, the tape will remain in place for a significant amount of time.

The third type is used to create a strong connection between sections of carpeting. This tape is often used when joining two smaller pieces to form one larger carpet or area rug. By turning the carpeting with the backing facing up, it is possible to align the sections and then apply a line of this one-sided tape to join the two pieces. Carpet seam tape is often used by designers to create an interesting and unique carpet. It can also be used to insert a new section of carpet to replace a section that was damaged and cut from the larger piece.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including HomeQuestionsAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon282090 — On Jul 27, 2012

Is it possible to join two pieces of carpet and is it successful?

By anon273912 — On Jun 09, 2012

Yes, double sided carpet tape is ideal. It is available in permanent or non-permanent.

By anon78660 — On Apr 19, 2010

Is there a carpet tape that won't leave a mark on wood floors when its removed? the regular ones ruined part of the wood. sjr

By dwutz — On Feb 11, 2009

Any ideas of what to use to keep a runner rug from shifting that is laid on top of Berber carpet? I put a runner down in the traffic area of my family room and it is constantly bunching up. I put a rubber mat under it but that isn't helping. Would a back to back carpet tape work?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
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