How to Use an Outdoor Rug on a Concrete Patio
Author: Rick Worst | Editor: Omar Alonso
Review & Research: Jen Worst & Chris Miller
Adding a rug to your patio adds a nice touch of elegance to it and also provides great comfort. But you might be worried about your concrete patio getting damaged because of it. So, is it safe to place an outdoor rug on concrete patio surfaces?
Yes, a water-resistant and UV-resistant outdoor rug is completely safe, and you can put it on your concrete patio. But you need to seal the concrete so that it doesn't get stained or look darker after placing the outdoor rug.
Keep reading this article to learn how you can seal the concrete. We'll also discuss how you can keep the outdoor rugs from moving around when you walk on them and if you can use outdoor rugs on uncovered patios and stamped concrete. We have a lot to unpack, so let's dive in!
Can Outdoor Rugs Damage Concrete Patios?
If you cover and seal the patio before putting an outdoor rug on it, neither the rug nor the concrete will be damaged. This holds true for concrete and any patio surface alternatives, too. Patio rugs and carpets are made from a substance called Polypropylene. Because of that, they are resistant to UV rays and water and offer protection from mold and mildew growth.
So, the outdoor rug does not damage the concrete patio at all? That's not the case either. Although an outdoor rug wouldn't necessarily cause any damage to the concrete, it can stain and darken the surface. Although, there are many things you can do to prevent this from happening.
We'll talk about how you can do that in a second. But if you're okay with the concrete surface being a little darker, you don't have to worry about these extra steps, and you can just place the rug. If your concrete surface is already stained and darker, an outdoor rug is an excellent option to hide it.
How to Seal Concrete Before Placing an Outdoor Rug
Sealing the concrete prevents it from getting damaged as well as being stained. If you want to ensure the safety of your concrete surface, sealing it before placing the rug is the best thing you can do. So, how do you do it?
Start by sweeping the concrete surface and cleaning it with soapy water. Once you're done, give it enough time to dry. The next step is to put the concrete sealer on it. A thin coating of concrete sealer will cover the pores in the concrete to prevent mold and mildew growth.
An unsealed concrete surface will soak water. The build-up of that moisture between the carpet and the concrete causes the staining. But a sealed one will resist the water from going and prevent such discoloration.
How to Install Outdoor Rugs on a Concrete Patio
After sealing the concrete, you can install the outdoor rug. The most important thing here is that you select a high-quality carpet to go on your concrete patio. There are many types of fabrics out there, from water-resistant to fade-resistant.
Make sure you get an outdoor rug that's durable and has a good texture. Ideally, it should be breathable so that it can stay fresh. There's nothing complicated about installing a rug. You just put it on top of the concrete surface.
The issue with placing it directly on the concrete is that the rug can move around a lot. You can place a rug pad between the concrete and keep it in place. Along with the rug, there are also other solutions that you use so that it doesn't move around and stays in place.
With a sealed concrete patio and the right rug material, you won't need to worry about weathering, but placing the rug under any types of awnings that will reduce its exposure to the sun and rain will definitely extend the life of the rug.
How to Keep Outdoor Rugs in Place on Concrete
It's annoying when an outdoor rug on a concrete patio moves its position when you walk around on it. It can also lead to an injury in some cases. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can make the rug non-slippery and make sure that it stays in place. Here are the best ways of doing it:
Use a Rug Pad
When you place a rug pad between a carpet and a concrete surface, the carpet sticks to the rug pad. It not only stays in place because of the rug pad but also gives you more comfort when you walk on it.
The added thickness you get because of using a rug pad works as a great cushion when you walk bare feet. Rug pads are an excellent solution to keep your rugs in place for a long period.
Use a Rug Gripper
If you don't want to use rug pads for any reason, the next best thing to keep your carpet in place is a rug gripper. It has a great adhesive property, making your rugs stick to the concrete surface without moving.
Rug grippers are reusable, and you can move them from one place to another if you want to change the position of your carpet. They're also more affordable than rug pads and can be the perfect solution for you to keep your rug from moving around.
Use a Heavy Piece of Furniture
If you don't want to invest in rug pads or rug grippers, you can always try the old-school method of placing a heavy piece of furniture on the rug. Of course, this method only works if you have a large rug. The weight of the furniture will keep the rug from moving around.
Keep in mind that the weight of the furniture can damage the rug. So, you may want to place a protector of some sort between the rug and furniture to prevent it from being torn or damaged. Honestly, probably not unless you're very particular about things. All in all, that's how to keep outdoor rugs in place on concrete.
Can You Glue a Rug or Carpet to Concrete?
The methods shown above were some non-destructive ways to keep your rug from moving when you walk on it. But another option you can use to seal the carpet in its place is gluing the carpet to the concrete surface.
You can use floor adhesive (which is one of the many types of glue) and a trowel to glue the carpet to your patio. It's better if you can get a helping hand as it won't be an easy job to lay the carpet on a sticky surface.
The main issue with gluing the carpet to concrete is that removing the glue will be difficult if you want to take off the carpet or put it in another place. You can also damage the mat when you try to do so. But if you're okay with keeping the carpet in one place forever, you can consider this option. Please think carefully before doing so, though. It's hard to undo this decision.
Can You Use Carpet Tape on Concrete?
Another option for you to keep a carpet or rug in place is to use carpet tape. It does work on concrete, but you need to make sure that you get the right one. The carpet tape you choose should have a strong grip and the ability to attach on both sides.
If you want to use it on a carpet, seal the concrete patio first. Once that's done, cover the perimeter of the patio with tape. Slowly unroll the carpet across the patio while pressing down as you go forward to make sure it sticks with the tape.
You can also use carpet tape on a rug if you want. But we recommend you go for a rug pad as it'll give you more comfort and make the rug non-slippery. Your patio floor will also look better without tape.
Is it Okay to Place Outdoor Rugs on an Uncovered Patio?
When your patio is shaded, a lot of the sunlight, rain, and harsh weather conditions are taken care of by the patio's roof. But if the patio is uncovered, all of that will directly hit the surface. So, can an outdoor rug cope with that?
A good multipurpose rug made from Polypropylene should be able to do it without any problem. The fibers made from this material are designed to be waterproof and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. It should also be mostly (but not entirely) fade-resistant due to UV rays. Overtime UV rays can cause a polypropylene rug to become brittle.
As long as you get a high-quality rug, you'll be fine even if the patio is uncovered. Remember that you still need to seal the concrete under it to avoid staining or discoloration of the concrete. As an added precaution, you can hang the rug to let it dry if it becomes too wet. Outdoor rugs can get wet, but they need to be allowed to dry as well.
Can You Place Outdoor Rugs on Rough Stamped Concrete?
Stamped concrete has a rougher surface than regular concrete as its texture is meant to resemble wood, bricks, flagstones, etc. You may be worried that you can't place a rug on such a harsh surface.
But that's not the case here. You can place an outdoor rug on stamped concrete if it's made from high-quality materials. Most stamped concrete is already sealed, and if yours is like that, you won't even have to worry about it staining or getting discolored.
An Outdoor Rug on a Concrete Patio is Fine
The only problem that you may face after installing the rug is that it can move around on you. You can easily solve this by using a rug pad, rug gripper, or taping it to the concrete. Your patio will not only look great but will also avoid injuries if you secure the rug.
By now, you should understand that placing an outdoor rug on a concrete patio is completely safe and normal if you seal the concrete first and secure the rug from moving around. Go forth and enjoy your wonderful property!