Got a slippery throw rug? A bathmat that’s lost its backing after just one too many trips to the clothes dryer? Today’s first reader can certainly identify.
I’ve got great news for both of you, and it’s something you may have already that’s sitting on a shelf in the garage.
DEAR MARY: Is there any way to rescue throw rugs that have lost their rubber backing? They are no longer safe on the floor when they slip around, but the tops are in perfect shape. I hate to throw them out. There must be some kind of adhesive backing available to buy or make. — Mary M.
DEAR MARY M.: There is. In fact, you have a couple of options.
To Repair: To give a bathmat or other type of area rug some traction to give it a new lease on life, flip it over and apply lines of acrylic-latex caulk every 6 inches or so. Once dry, you can safely use that rug again; the rubbery strips of caulk will hold it in place.
To Restore: Another option is an excellent product, Fiber-Lok Non-Skid Rug Backing. You may be able to find this locally, at select Staples, Joann or Walmart stores, but for sure online on Amazon. It comes in a pint, quart or gallon. As I write, Amazon prices are the most reasonable and have the added benefit of Prime shipping on the pint and quart options.
Use a paintbrush to apply this rubbery liquid to the back of a bathmat, carpet runner or area rug using a paint brush, being careful to follow the label instructions.
Once applied and allowed to fully cure, both rugs treated with acrylic-latex caulk and Fiber-Lok Non-Skid Rug Backing are washable.
In the future, I suggest you not machine-dry mats and rugs with rubber backing. The heat has a way of breaking down the some types of rubber, which could be the reason you’re facing the task of repair and restoration.
Hope that helps!
DEAR MARY: Love your column. Both my husband and I read it every day.
I am more than a little germophobic. Although I love the convenience of Keurig coffee brewers, I have always worried about what the little germ community is doing inside the brewer when the water remains in it overnight or longer. The reservoir can easily be detached and washed, even in the dishwasher.
But what about the water inside the brewer? How do we make sure it is safe for consumption? — Peggy
DEAR PEGGY: You can relax based on these two facts:
1) Keurig reports its brewers come preset at 192 degrees F. That’s the temperature the water must reach before the machine will release it to flow into the K-cup coffee grounds.
2) Bacteria that are harmful to humans are killed, or pasteurized, within 1 second of the temperature reaching 191 F.
From this data, it is reasonable to conclude that even if your worst fears were to become reality — your Keurig brewer becoming a playground for harmful microorganisms that multiply while you sleep — all bacteria and pathogens harmful to humans will be destroyed just in time for the water to be released into your next cup of coffee.
I’m confident, and I believe the Keurig folks would concur, you have one less thing to worry about. Your Keurig is safe!
This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www. DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of “Debt-Proof Living,” released in 2014. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www. creators.com.