Plagued by floor mats that won't stay in place?

Well, there's a way to cure these, and other similar problems, with Velcro. Velcro has been around for years and is made by The Velcro Corp., 681 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10022.

Unfortunately, it's not the easiest stuff to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] - although many department stores, automative stores, hardware stores, marine supply stores and sewing stores have it. If you can't locate any at one of these places, write the Velcro Corp. for the address of the dealer nearest you. And ask them for a price list. They will sell through the mail, although the smallest quantity they sell is a 25-foot roll. You can buy smaller quantities in stores.

What is Velcro? It's a fastener, just like a screw, nail, or piece of tape is a fastener. But it's much easier to use than any of these for many purposes, and it can be fastened and unfastened quickly and easily over and over again.

Velcro is really like a roll of tape, except that you have no adhesive material. It takes two strips of Velcro to do a fastening job. One strip consists of a back (which is fastened permanently by glue or thread to the object you want to hold), and an "adhesive" side, which contains a multitude of loops that are almost microscopic in size.

The other strip consists of a plain back also. And it too is sewn or glued to the object you want to fasten. The "adhesive" side of this strip, though, contains a myriad of tiny hooks.

So when the two stips are pressed together, the hooks slip into the loops, and presto, you've fastened them together. To unfasten you simply pull them apart.

Very possibly you already have some Velcro fasteners on some of your clothing or camping equipment. If so, you know how easily it works.

Okay. Let's tackle those sliding floor mats in the family buggy.

A two-inch stip of Velcro at each of the floor mat's four corners should be sufficient to hold it in place.

To attach the Velcro to the floor mat and to the floor itself, use Velcro No. 40 adhesive - availbable where Velcro is sold. Another adhestive I've found that works just as well, in case Velcro No. 40 isn't available, is 3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive.

With either of these adhesives, apply adhesive to the back of the Velcro strip and also to the area the strip will be attached to. Wait three or four minutes until the adhesive starts to become tacky, then press the Velcro stip in place.

You may find that after you've placed the stip in place, that the edges tend to curl up. Lay a small flat object, such as a small board with a weight on top of it, to press the edges down. Leave that in place until the adhesive dries.

Although the Velcro adhesive and 3M adhesive dry quickly, they don't reach full strength until after 12 hours.

Also, remember that Velcro only works if a hook strip is pressed against a loop strip. Press two loop strips or two hook strips together and no fastening occurs.