Best Glues for Tufting Rugs

Gluing is an essential step in the tufting process of making rugs. The glue acts as a binder to hold the yarn tufts in place. Without it, the tufts would come undone and the rug would begin to fray. Gluing is also important for providing structure and stability to the rug. Because of that, you will definitely need to know the best glues for tufting rugs in the market.

It helps keep the tufts from shifting and bunching up, ensuring a more even, aesthetically pleasing look. In addition, gluing helps provide a cushion between the tufts and the backing, making the rug softer and more comfortable to walk on. Without it, the rug would be stiff and uncomfortable. We have an article in which we talk about how to seal a carpet, we invite you to read it so that you know the use that can be given to each type of glue.


ROBERTS 3085 – Multipurpose Adhesive

This adhesive provides a strong bond and can be used on a variety of materials, including most fabrics, foam, and even wood or metal. It is also resistant to water and humidity, making it an ideal choice for tufting rugs in humid environments.

The adhesive is also easy to apply and can be used with a brush or roller. With its superior strength and water resistance, Roberts 3085 Multipurpose Adhesive provides a reliable and long-lasting bond that will keep your rugs tufted for years to come.

ROBERTS 3085-1 Multipurpose Carpet and Felt Back Vinyl Adhesive, 1 Gallon
  • For adhering carpet, polyurethane laminate, mineral fibrous felt-backed sheet vinyl and Unfinished cork underlayment
  • Solvent-free, zero-voc calculated formula is environmentally safe
  • 1-Gal. Covers approximately 110 sq. Ft. When used with a 1/8 in x 1/8 in x 1/16 in v-notch trowel (not included)
  • Rated for residential or heavy-traffic commercial applications
  • Wet adhesive can be cleaned from tools and flooring with warm, soapy water

Roberts 6700 Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Adhesive

It is a solvent-free and low-VOC adhesive that provides a strong, permanent bond between the rug and the backing and is easy to apply. It is resistant to water, mildew, and mold, making it an ideal choice for indoor and outdoor use.

It is also low-odor and fast drying, so you can get your tufted rug set up quickly. With Roberts 6700 Indoor/Outdoor Carpet Adhesive, you can create a beautiful, long-lasting tufted rug that will last for years to come.

ROBERTS 6700-0 1 Quart Indoor/Outdoor Carpet/Artificial Turf Adhesive
  • For adhering most indoor/outdoor carpets and is ideal for decks, sunrooms and basements
  • Bonds with concrete, APA rated marine grade plywood, aged asphalt paving (hot applied), fiberglass and aluminum when surface is clean and roughened to promote bonding
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Moisture Control Adhesive - up to 5 lbs. MVER and 80% RH
  • Up to 30 minutes open time, 60 minutes working time and 24 to 48 hours curing time

3M Super 77 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive

3M Super 77 Multipurpose Spray Adhesive is the perfect solution for backing tufted rugs. It has high tack, fast grab, and high temperature resistance, making it ideal for use on most rug materials. It creates a permanent bond that will not damage the rug’s backing or cause discoloration.

Plus, its non-drip formula is easy to apply and quick to dry, so you can get the job done quickly and efficiently. It’s ideal for glueing the felt or any fabric you are using, to the back of the rug.

3M Super 77 Multipurpose Permanent Spray Adhesive Glue, Paper, Cardboard, Fabric, Plastic, Metal, Wood, Net Wt 16.75 oz
  • VERSATILE ADHESIVE: Bonds a wide range of lightweight materials (i.e., paper, cardboard fabric, insulation, plastic, metal, wood, felt, fiberglass, foam, leather, and more)
  • INDUSTRIAL GRADE: Provides professional, industrial strength for demanding applications
  • AGGRESSIVE TACK: Offers a fast, aggressive tack for a quick bond that reduces set time
  • BOND TIME: Allows for a bond time of 15 seconds to 30 minutes
  • REPOSITIONABLE: Initially repositionable while providing long lasting strength; Helps to create soft, non dimpling glue lines

Hot Glue Gun

For backing tufted rugs, a hot glue gun is a great tool for providing a secure bond. Hot glue guns are easy to use, and the glue dries quickly for a long-lasting bond. When using a hot glue gun, make sure to apply a thin layer of glue and allow it to cool before pressing the rug into place.

For best results, use a high-temperature glue gun. It’s often used for the waterfall edge and to glue the binding tape.

ROMECH Full Size Hot Glue Gun with 60/100W Dual Power and 21 Hot Glue Sticks (7/16"), Fast Preheating Heavy Duty Industrial Gluegun with Storage Case for Crafting, DIY and Repairs (Gray)
  • ✅[DUAL POWER OUTPUTS] RoMech hot glue guns offer dual temperature setting, feed glue at your pace. The simple power switch allows quick temperature adaptation for all your projects. 60W is suitable for crafting projects and delicate materials, maintains 300°F heating temperature and 0.35 oz/min flow rate. 100W is ideal for wood and heavier material, heats up fast at 410°F and higher 0.53 oz/min flow rate.
  • ✅[CLEAN AND SMOOTH] The copper nozzle provides a uniform and fast heat disspation for the glue, ensures a clean and smooth gule flow.
  • ✅[INDUSTRIAL GRADE] Suitable for hobby, crafting, home, office, School DIY, commercial and industrial use. The hot glue gun kit comes standard with the drip free brass nozzle, offers durability and mess free experience.
  • ✅[HANDY KIT] The package Includes a dual temp hot melting glue gun, 21 high viscous odor free hot glue sticks (7/16" D, 5.9'' L), a premium oxford carry/storage case.
  • ✅[RoMech BRAND QUALITY COMMITMENT] We stand behind the quality of our products. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us. We provide 30-day money back and 12-month warranty. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for risk-free shopping!

Elmer’s Glue Multipurpose

Elmer’s Glue Multipurpose is an ideal choice for tufted rugs. Its strong bond ensures that tufts stay in place and its easy-to-use formula allows for quick and efficient application. Its non-toxic and acid-free formula also makes it safe for use on delicate fabrics, so you can rest assured that your tufted rug is in good hands.

Elmer’s Glue-All, Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 16 oz, 1 Count
  • Make slime and bond materials like paper, fabric, wood, ceramics, leather, and more
  • Safe, non-toxic, and quick-drying formula
  • Perfect for crafts, repairs, and projects
  • Ideal for use in the kitchen, workshop, den, and garage
  • Great for creating slime at home or in the classroom!

If you want more information you can see this video comparing three of the most common glues used for tufting!

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