Most people buy rug pads and install them hurriedly on their floors without giving much thought i.e. putting protection underneath. Other even have misconceptions about rug pads i.e. they warm wooden floors. Such misconceptions arise from the fact that there are very many cheap rugs on sale in the market today and sellers are willing to say anything to make a sale. Most of these cheap rugs especially those which are mesh-looking are simply plastic imitations of superior rug pads which feature rubber padding. Such rugs have very many dangerous chemicals and low quality plastic which damages many types of floors including wooden floors.
In this article, we will attempt to address some of the most common misconceptions our clients have when they come to us looking for rug pads for their hardwood floors. It is important to note that most customers aren’t sure which rug pads are ideal for hardwood floors in different areas so we thought it would be good to clear the air once and for all.
Most of our customers are concerned about the safety of rug pads on hardwood floors. We’ve all heard stories about area rug pads stripping, melting, marring or staining new hardwood floors. There are many reasons why something like this can happen. One of the most common reasons behind this revolves around installation time. When a customer doesn’t wait for 2-3 weeks after refinishing their floors to install a rug pad, they will most likely damage their new hardwood floor. When the polyurethane finishing doesn’t get enough time to cure, it reacts with the rubber or PVC based pad marring the floor.
Using a low quality pad can also cause the above problems. It is important to note that the market has very many low quality rug pads which are capable of reacting with most hardwood floor finishes. Reactions usually happen when vinyl, acrylic and lacquered finishes are used with PVC rug pads. Vinyl to vinyl reactions cause hardwood floor discolorations. This explains why you need a warranty.
Unfortunately, most people don’t think about buying a high quality rug pad to protect their hardwood floors. This stems from the lack of knowledge about the potential risks low quality rugs pose to their lovely hardwood floors. Most people just lay their new rugs directly and start wondering why the rug wrinkles and doesn’t stay in place. They also wonder why their floor wears out at a very fast pace.
It is important to note that rug pads lay a sound and solid foundation for carpets. They make the surface softer, warmer and more comfortable. However, the ultimate job of a rug pad is to protect your hardwood floor since it is very vulnerable from stripping, staining and cleaning.
The advantages/pros of using rug pads
1. Thicker rug pads prolong your carpet’s life.
2. They reduce slippage
3. They make cleaning easier
4. They are comfortable to the feet
5. They reduce carpet wrinkling and wear
6. They protect wooden floors from staining
7. They add cushion and warmth
8. They prolong your floor’s life
What should you expect when you buy a high quality rug pad for your hardwood floor?
As mentioned above there are very many rug pads in the market today most of which are substandard. It can therefore be a daunting task to find the best rug pads for hardwood floors. It can however be an easy task when you are equipped with all the right information. The best rug pads keep the carpet in place. They also make cleaning easier and protect the floor. It is also important to note that high quality rug pads don’t smell. If your looking for a quality rug pad for hardwood floors, check out RugPadUSA – Hardwood Page.
Also, high quality pads don’t stick on your floor. Any rug pad that sticks or stains your hardwood floor is definitely made using low quality PVC. Also, the sticking and staining could be an indication that the pad is cured using chemicals which are harmful to your sensitive hardwood floor. This is precisely why you should remember to give your floor enough time after refinishing before you lay any kind of rug pad. Environmental friendly rug pads are examples of good high quality rug pads since they don’t contain harmful chemicals and they minimize landfill.
Recommended materials for area rug pads
Below are some rug pad materials that come highly recommended for hardwood floors featuring high glossy finishes i.e. hardwood floors which are more prone to stains.
1. Natural rubber rug pads
Super Lock Natural Rubber is a very common name used to refer to rug pads which are made of natural rubber i.e. white sap which comes from the rubber tree (hevea brasiliensis). A suitable natural rubber alternative is latex i.e. synthetic rubber. Rug pads made using natural rubber are the most superior in all aspects i.e. rug pad protection, eco-friendliness, non-slip and hardwood floor safe. Natural rubber is the best choice for hardwood floors as well as poly finishes which are more prone to stains. In regards to rubber thickness, rubber rug pads which are approximately 1/8 inches thick are suitable for carpets which are thinner. Thicker rugs work well with thinner rubber padding i.e. 1/16 inch thick rubber pads. Natural rubber pads usually come with warranties spanning two decades or more.
2. Felt & Rubber rug Pads
It is possible to get high quality rug pads made by mixing felt with high quality rubber. Felt & rubber rug pads are usually more durable. The pads are ideal for flat-weave rugs since their needle-punch felt surface clings on the bottom of area rugs. The pads offer excellent support, reduced noise and good insulation. They can be used on any type of floors.
3. Recycled felt pads
Our 100% recycled felt pads (made in US) are the best for large rugs on hardwood floors since they offer excellent support and cushioning which can’t be found in any other rug pads. Recycled felt pads don’t have non-slip properties like any of the above material however, it is important to note that you don’t need to minimize slippage with large rugs. In regards to thickness, 1/4, 3/8, & 1/2 inch thickness is ideal. Recycled felt pads have perfect soundproofing and insulating properties both acoustic and thermal. The pads are sold with a 15 year warranty.
4. Polyvinyl rug pads
Our polyvinyl pads don’t stain, discolour or mar your floors. There are a number of different qualities in regards to polyvinyl based rug pads. It is important to note that the market is filled with low grade polyvinyl pads. You must therefore exercise caution when buying polyvinyl rug pads especially those which don’t come with a warranty simply because they can damage your floors. Polyvinyl rug pads work perfectly with untreated hardwood floors since they prevent scratching and staining. They also work well with other types of wooden flooring. In regards to thickness, 1/8 inches thickness is ideal for offering adequate stability for thinner & smaller rugs.