How to Manufacture a "Glued & Turned" edged Rug.

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If you require a rug finished size of say 3mt x 5mt, you need to cut a piece 3.2mt x 5.2mt.

The extra 20cm is turned under your rug, as a 10cm turn is required beneath the whole perimeter of the rug, this extra weight also assists the rug to lay flat, or you can make a narrower turns!

A) So, after cutting your rug 20cm over size, Turn Upside down and with a Texta draw a line 20cm in from the perimeter, remember to also draw lines across the corners and Cut out the corner prior to applying RED Contact Cement, the above shows this already done. You can Roll or Spray the Contact Cement, spraying uses less & contact cement can be thinned to make spraying easier.

B) If doing this for the first time, we recommend you glue one edge at a time, always start each Turn from the middle of a turn (NOT the end), fold from the centre of the edge and press the dried contact to the Texta line, pressing firmly as you go, then either Walk-on or use a heavy roller to press the turn firmly into contact cement, we use a 80kg Steel vinyl roller.

NB: If using common yellow contact cement, you can break the end off a red or blue ink biro and mix it into the contact cement, this will colour the glue, making it easier to see where you are spraying or applying glue.

C) Once you have glued & turned all the edges, the corners, applying a liberal amount of PVA glue to a mitre join as it will stop them from separating over time, or you can use a clear pellet type glue gun instead of the PVA glue as it dry's quicker, a cheap pellet gun can be purchased from a hardware for approx $25, the good thing with a glue gun, you can glue in bits if you make a mistake on the mitre joints, although it will be beneath the rug and not show.

We cut short fibre strands from the mitre piece & glue them into the corner & mitre join for a tidy finish.

D) Whatever type of Underlay you use, first cut it in net to the turned edge or leave the underlay 2~3mm short of the turned edges.  The above image shows Red contact cement sprayed on the back of the Rug & Underlay, you can spray or roll the contact cement on (use a thin liquid type), when spraying contact cement you don't need much glue to hold the Underlay and the Edges in place.  Red contact cement is a special commercial heat resistant glue that is not commonly available.

E) For END: Then carefully lay the Glued Underlay onto the Rug recessed backing, then use a Roller, Walk or by Pressing down the underlay with a smooth, thick flat, wide piece of timber.

Then flip it over to a finished runner.

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