12 Ways To Reuse Your Old Carpets Or Rugs. When moving to a new home or when redecorating, there are times when some of your carpets are no longer needed. When carpets become frayed or otherwise unusable, they often get thrown away. Here are some ways old dirty carpets or rugs can have a new life instead of being designated as trash.
Another problem you might experience when moving or redecorating is how to move heavy furniture without damaging your hardwood floors. If you have an old, unusable carpet or rug, you can cut it into squares and slip the squares underneath the legs of the heavy furniture items.
Tape the courts to the furniture legs, so they remain there. Once the legs are covered, they will slip across the floor as often as you need them to – without causing any scratches to your feet. The squares will also allow the furniture to move more quickly. The courts will ease your ability to glide the table across the floor.
When you need to work for long periods while kneeling (like cleaning out a low kitchen cabinet, searching underneath the refrigerator or stove for a lost item, gardening in the yard, or working on your car, place a cut piece of carpet under your knees to save them from discomfort and excess pressure. When working in the garden, the carpet pieces protect you and your clothing from grass stains, cold temperatures, soil, and moisture.
If you cut the carpet, wrap it around a thick PVC pipe and some pieces of wood, and then glue it with pet-safe glue, you can make a scratching post for your cat without spending large amounts of money at the pet store for something that is not much better. Your cat will also enjoy scratching these improvised posts, as they might want a more expensive structure.
If you have a habit of parking too close to the garage wall at home, you can prevent scratching your doors by gluing a piece of carpet on the wall next to where your car is most likely to be parked. Repairing dents or scratches in your vehicle can become quite expensive, and this is a cheap and easy way to prevent these from happening.
Going through the seasons with your car means tracking the debris in your vehicle and allowing whatever is on the soles of your shoes to flake off onto your vehicle’s floors. Your car may have plastic floor mats, but these can get dirty and be challenging to keep clean.
By cutting pieces of carpet to fit over the plastic mats, you can keep the plastic car mat clean – and it will be easy to throw the cut pieces away at the end of a season. You can easily have more details that you can cut and place over the floor mats.
It can be easy to use too much water when watering plants, and it can be annoying when it spills out from the bottom of the plant holders. Cutting a carpet and placing it underneath the plant holders can prevent spilled water from leaking and creating a spill for you to clean up.
When you are driving in muddy conditions and need traction to move your car, you can use pieces of cut carpet under your wheels to get your vehicle free of the mud more easily.
Keeping some pieces of cut carpet in your trunk is a good idea so you have some articles ready when you need them. As mentioned above, maintaining carpet pieces in the box will also make sure to keep them ready when you need them to work underneath your car.
When you are tackling a heavy cleaning job, like grimy windows screens or a garage floor, you may want a heavier rag to do the cleaning job. Pieces of carpet can hold onto lots of soap and water and do your tough cleaning job much more efficiently than a thin rag or sponge.
If you need a comfortable area for your children or grandchildren to play in, placing a large piece of cut carpet down on the whole site where the children will play will make this a much more comfortable place for them to crawl and sit. If the child drools or drops crumbs on the area, it is easy to clean a carpeted area.
Cut a piece of carpet and place it underneath the ladder’s bottom rung. When you climb the ladder, you can wipe off the bottom of your shoes on the rug before climbing. This will prevent slipping and likely cause you to fall from the ladder.
Cut the carpet into square pieces and use them for coasters. Everyone needs a ready supply of coasters, a great and colorful choice to substitute for coasters.
Placing a large piece of cut carpet under a litter box or under the place where your pet’s dishes are placed will save you a lot of trouble when cleaning the floor in that area. Litter boxes often mess around their perimeter, and pets also usually make a mess when eating. You will find cleaning the carpeted area less challenging than cleaning several regions of the floor.
Using your old carpets for these purposes rather than throwing them out will save money and reutilize something you may have thought you would have to throw away. Let us do our part and be environmentally friendly!