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.

So, after cutting your rug to 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 Contact Cement, the above shows this already done. You can Roll or Spray the Contact Cement.

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 (do NOT start turning from one end or you will run out), fold and press the dried contact to the Texta line pressing firmly as you go, then either walk or use a heavy roller to press the turn firmly into contact cement.

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.

Once you have glued & turned all the edges and corners, applying a liberal amount of PVA glue to a mitre join as it will stop them from separating over time, or you can also use a 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.

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.

Then carefully lay the Glued Underlay onto the Rug recessed backing, then use a Roller or Press down the underlay to the rug with a thick flat width of timber.

A finished long hall runner.

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