Getting help when picking a rug pad that best suits your needs

Posted on January 10, 2016

It doesn’t seem logical that we spend so much time trying to pick the perfect carpet or carpets for our living spaces but spend so little, if any, time choosing the rug pads that will go under them. We often think that any rug pad will get the job done and end up stuffing a low quality or generaCarpetCushionlly inappropriate rug pad underneath our carpet hoping for the best. This can easily backfire as the rug pad struggles to fulfill its job and, in some less fortunate cases, also ends up causing damage to the carpet itself because the padding was manufactured using cheap materials.
If anything, we should spend even more time picking the rug pad than we should trying to choose our carpet. While carpets will mostly be chosen based on their appearance and how well they go with the rest of our home, rug pads are chosen based on their functionality depending on the type of need that we have. Because of this, you probably won’t be able to avoid having to do quite a bit of research in order to get the best rug pad available.
If you feel that the amount of information regarding rug pads can be overwhelming, you can consult the rug pad vendor in order to get help when picking the right padding for your carpets. Top rug pad manufacturers like Mohawk Rug Pads will tend to have friendly and knowledgeable staff that will readily answer each and every question that you might have regarding your carpet and what sort of rug pad it needs.
However, the responsibility of choosing the correct rug pad ultimately falls upon the carpet owner. The rug pad vendor can help you by telling you which materials go well with your carpet and which might damage it, as well as telling you which rug pads serve a certain purpose, but you yourself will need to understand what type of rug pad you need. Try and think of the type of utility that you’d like your rug pad to offer you most. Don’t think about what you like the idea of most, but rather think in terms of usability and how much the rug pad will help your carpet become even greater.
This is done by assessing the location of your carpet and the conditions that it finds itself in on a day to day basis. There is a lot of difference between rug pads depending on what they will be used for, and you should always know exactly what you need from your rug pad. A rug pad that provides great cushioning and an felt-rubber-rug-padadditional layer of softness won’t really be the best choice for an area with a lot of traffic that sees a lot of people walking over the carpet daily. In fact, a rug pad whose purpose is comfort might do little besides eventually being destroyed after being placed in such an environment. This will leave you with no benefit and an additional expense to bear that could have been avoided with the right amount of research.
Similarly, a cheap rug pad might actually prove to be detrimental to the carpet it is supposed to protect as it leaks the chemicals that were used in the manufacture, creating a yellow stain that will permanently change the look of your carpet and oftentimes leave you with no other option to throw it away.
These are just some examples of how the wrong rug pad doesn’t do much for the carpet and can even end up destroying it. While the idea of having a soft rug pad under a carpet is certainly nice, it’s never recommended to place one under a carpet experiencing a lot of traffic or heavy burden from furniture. On the other hand, if your carpet isn’t getting a lot of traffic and has no furniture above it, it won’t really benefit from a sturdy rug pad that was designed to withstand heavy loads, meaning that the rug pad will essentially be wasted.
Also, always make sure to purchase your rug pad from a specialized rug vendor like the Mohawk Rug Pads as opposed to buying it from a general goods store or getting it for free from your carpet vendor. This way, you will know you have done the best you can for your carpet.

Survey The Types of Carpet Pads Before Choosing Yours

Posted on September 6, 2014

Carpet cushion (or carpet padding) is the foundation that you should choose with acute care for your room’s carpet installation. You perhaps have heard the adage that if you must choose between less expensive carpet and less expensive carpet padding, choosing a low price carpet pad is reasonable.  Do not be fooled by this old saying as carpet selection and carpet cushion selection both are interrelated and none can be ignored. Selecting either a poor quality carpet or a poor quality carpet cushion can cause severe damage to your flooring which will be a great disappointment for you.

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Be Uncompromising about your Carpet Pad Preference!
Retailers usually buy rug pads  in truckload quantities because of quantity discounts; as a consequence, they often overlook consumers’ priority of specialized rug pads. Moreover, they fail to offer various types of rug pads so that you may find it difficult to pick out the right rug pad from them. Never be reluctant to compromise with your rug pad preference. Unless you get your preferred rug pad do search for the right one. You may ask your retailer if it can be ordered. If the retailer cannot fulfill your preference do not hesitate to find another retailer to get the right rug pad for your needs.

Carpet Pad Absorbs the Abuse

Many customers assume rug pads are used only to enhance the comfort under foot. Of course, this is one of the reasons of using a rug pad, and there are many other benefits that rug pads offer.  The primary reason for carpet cushion is to absorb the impacts of  wear an dtear to ensure a fair durability. Wear and tear can cause synthetic latex to break down, backings to stretch, separation of the primary backing from the extra backing (delamination) and unnecessary stress on the  fibers of the rug pads. The truth is the best performing carpet cushion, in fact, gives less comfort under foot, but it certainly extends the life of the carpet installation by absorbing the misuse. Often the buyers commit two mistakes: they buy a rug pad that is too soft or too thick; none of these is healthy for your rug.

Carpet Pads Rating

There are various methods of rating carpet cushion performance. Some carpet padding is rated on the basis of density, and  there are different ways of determining the density of rug pads. Indentation load deflection (ILD), indentation force deflection (IFD), compression load deflection (CLD), compression force deflection (CFD) all these terms are often used to describe carpet cushions density.

These terms are  indicate how much weight is required to bottom the carpet cushion out. Some of these methods use a square inch as the area for evaluation, while some other use a broader area such as 6 or 8 square inches. So, when doing the comparison it is important to observe which technique is used. For example, an 8 lb. carpet pad using the broader area of evaluation may be equal to a ½ pound rating for a square inch measure.

Moreover, carpet pads can be rated on the basis of weight per cubic yard. For instance, an 8-pound carpet pad may weigh 8 pounds in a standard 3 feet by 3 feet by 3 feet cube. Whereas, a flat rubber carpet pad may weigh 22 pounds per cubic foot and a prime urethane carpet cushion may weigh only 4 pounds, but the ultimate performance factor is how many pounds per footfall area will it take for the carpet cushion to bottom out.

Among the two common mistakes of purchasing carpet pads is choosing a too thick pad. A too thicker carpet pad can cause performance problem though it is more comfortable. The carpet industry has established a standard of maximum 7/16  inches thickness, and it is highly suggested that you should not exceed ½ inch because a ½ carpet cushion provides adequate cushioning and still allows the carpet to hold on to the tack strip along the walls simultaneously.

Types of Carpet Padding

There are a wide varieties of carpet pads from waffle rubber pads to the urethane pads. Let’s have a birds eye view of the carpet types. It may sound difficult to choose the right rug pad out of these myriad types. To have more determination for the selection you may find rug pad reviews which is a good way to learn more about rug pad types and their usage.

Waffle Rubber: 

Waffle rubber follows the ½ inch recommendation of the thickness of carpet pads. Waffle rubber pads include air in its waffle texture. Nowadays, the waffle rubber pad has become  a good carpet pad, but in the past, it was not this good mostly because of  its filler percentage was very high and the carpet padding tended to break down over time. And when the carpet was to be replaced this carpet cushion reverted back to its original state of Georgia clay. But these problems have been resolved and today’s waffle pads perform much better than the waffle pads of the 1970’s and 80’s.

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Urethane Foam:

Urethane foam is available in different densities and thicknesses. Densities of these carpet cushions can be as low as ½ pound per square inch. These could be good options for your rugs and floors; so if you are determined that these are the right pads for your needs never hesitate to pick these rug pads.

Bonded Urethane:

This carpet cushion is also called rebond and is the most popular type of carpet padding sold today. It is made from reclaimed scrap of high-density urethane foam used in furniture and automotive manufacturing, which is bonded together to form carpet cushion. Rebond comes in various thickness and densities. The density is rated as a function of weight in pounds per cubic foot. For example, a 5-lb. rebond cushion would weigh 5lb per cubic foot. The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a cushion of at least 5lbs and 3/8-inch thickness for light traffic areas, and 6.5 lbs. and 3/8 inch for heavy traffic areas. These are minimum guidelines and keep in mind the CCC is the trade voice for the carpet cushion (carpet padding) industry. Many carpet manufacturers recommend a minimum of 8 pounds per cubic foot.

Rebond rug pads or cushions use Butylated hydroxy toluene (Bht) which is a chemical compound commonly known as Bht. It is widely used as an additive in foods, breads and cereals as it has no known side effects for human health. It is added to some urethane carpet pads to lessen the risk of flames when the rug pads are manufactured. However, sadly, this chemical has the tendency to cause yellowing some carpets and floorings. But there are remedies from it. If you have a rebond carpet rug pad, and it causes yellowing you should  rinse the carpet or rug with white vinegar or other mild acid before applying a detergent solution. Remember to be careful about detergent solutions as they are prone to permanently set the yellowing on the rug. But if your rug pad does not contain any bht then it will be exquisite. So get assurance from your retailer that your rug pad does not contain Bht.

Flat Rubber Pads:

For your ultimate luxury you may find the 19 -22lb density flat rubber carpet cushions exquisite. They also offer an enhanced durability. The only setback these cushions have is that they are pricey, and they are a little difficult to find. As a result, the average consumers would not think about this carpet cushion because of its high price. However, one thing is guranteed about these pads: een your 10-year-old olefin Berber will  look as if it was installed last week. Perhaps, flat rubber is the only carpet padding that could outlast your rug and survive a second rug installation.

Fiber Cushions:

Fiber cushioned rug pads make the proper use of scrap fibers. In reality, you may become a bit disappointed with the performance of these fiber cushions. In comparison with other fiber cushions, made from jute or hair mixed jute, perform better and normally experts of home decor recommend the above-mentioned pads rather than fiber cushions.

 

Rug Pads Hardwood Floors

Posted on August 19, 2014

Hardwood floors can add a gorgeous appearance to the decor of any room. They are comparatively costly among the available floor types and require careful maintenance. Here the factors that can cause harm to your precious hardwood floors will be discussed:

f1Water is the most common enemy of hardwood flooring. It is true that the baked urethane used in modern hard wood floorings is water resistant, but still water can penetrate deep into the flooring. In this regard, we can specify potted plants as the most common cause of moisturizing the hardwood floors. Besides, plants have natural tannins and when this tannins are dissolved they can react with the iron in the soil and create ‘iron gall ink.’ This is the cause of the common black discoloration found on nails in older hardwood flooring.

Area rugs can also cause of damage to your hardwood flooring when they catch moisture underneath after liquid spills. To prevent any problems caused by the moisture, it is highly recommended that you should quickly wipe away any water spills from your rugs and then put necessary floor protection.

Another common issue about hardwood flooring is abrasion damage. Though modern coatings on this type of floors are meant to be scratch resistant, they remain at risk to things like scratching of dog claws and the dragging of furniture across the floor. Sand and dirt are also the bane of these surfaces as well. When trapped under rugs without a rug pad, these grit can scratch the flooring from the friction.

There is always the option of repairing. You can mend your older hardwood floors that have got scratches. The mending process usually requires a refinishing of the hardwood floors. To repair the damage from smaller scratches, they can be taken care of by the help of a paste wax or fine steel wool. The original manufacturers of hardwood floors recommend which scratch repair products are to be used for each floor types. You should keep the manufacturers’ recommendation in mind.

You can prevent abrasion damage well by just using an area rug with a quality rug pad for heavy traffic areas like entrances. You should also place  area rugs under the legs of furniture which are usually remain unmoved. Besides avoid wearing outdoor shoes inside; always lift your chair or other furniture rather than sliding them across the floor.

Last but not the least are damages caused by localized weight distribution across the floors. These are characterized by the occurrence of slight valleys under the legs of heavy pieces of furniture known as cupping. For older hardwood floors, the cupped sections can be taken care of by sanding them down until they are level and refinishing them again. Modern flooring, however, may require total replacement of the affected board. If the dent is smaller, they can be repaired by covering them with a thin cloth and using a steam iron to re-hydrate the wood. This will cause the area to swell and smoothen away the dent. This technique, however, should only be applied with care.g1

Using rug pads is highly recommended if you want to add an extra layer of protection to your hardwood flooring. When choosing the right rug pads that won’t hurt your floors, it is recommended to be meticulous because an inappropriate kind could only do more harm than good to a hardwood flooring. In the case of scratches and dents, for example, rug pads can either lessen their occurrence or make them worse.

Rug pads that utilize adhesives are to be avoided. You may find  a lot of rug pads that come with sticky adhesives to make sure that they won’t move around the floor and will not slip. Adhesives is not a good idea to make a rug pad non slipped, a good non slip rug pad can do better. Often non slip rug pads that use adhesives contain low quality PVC and chemicals that can leave it staining and stuck to your floors with time. These toxic chemicals can also react to your floor finishes.

f2If your floor is refinished recently, wait at least a month before applying any rug pad. Because a span of 1 to 3 weeks is generally needed to let the floor finishes get cured and stabilized. When you are buying rug pads always stick to the quality even if it costs you more, because it will definitely save your money from maintenance cost in the long run.

Another factor to consider when choosing rug pads that won’t hurt your floors is its thickness. Larger rugs work better with thicker pads because they provide more comfort and protection to your floors. Thicker pads also help prevent premature wear and and tear, as well as they also act as a good buffer between the floors and the rugs so vacuuming is easier to conduct. Thinner pads, on the other hand, are best for smaller rugs as they are more prone to slip. The latter are recommended to be placed on high traffic areas because of their better grip.

Breathability is another factor that must be considered to ensure the safety and durability of your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors usually need proper airflow between the floors and the rugs to keep them look fresh. Pads that allow good air circulation also prevent harmful bacteria and moisture from growing in your hardwood as well. If you live in a hot or humid area where there is a high level of moisture in the atmosphere you must consider using a rug pad with a moisture barrier. These pads are especially made with layers that prevent moisture to pass through to stop the formation of mildew and mold.

Always try to use Eco friendly rug pads. Eco friendly rug pads do not outgas so that they will keep your home air fresh. You should also consider that the rug pads you are using do not contain any harmful chemicals, adhesives, or glues; so that you can ensure they will not release any harmful VOC’s in the air. There are numerous low quality PVC rug pads that somehow skip emission and toxic filler tests and are dangerous to the health. So for your safety you should be sure whether these rug pads made of 100% recycled felt, petroleum oils, natural rubber base are certified by organizations or not.

Types Of Rug Pads Available

Posted on February 17, 2016

eco-friendly-rug-padsThere are several kinds of rug pads available in the market. Therefore, when choosing one that fits your home or office environment, you should consider all the options. Rug pads have become a requirement for interiors when purchasing decorative as well as functional rugs. Rug pads should not be seen as a separate thing, they should be considered a part of a rug.Therefore, when getting expensive rugs and carpets, it is important to purchase the same sized rug pad, alongside.
Following is a list of rug pads,followed by their benefits, that you can purchase. In order to ensure that the investment you have made is a good one, you should be well-informed about the products, their qualities and brands. On the basis of this information, you will be able to provide you with a more protected living environment and enhance your way of life. Rug pads will insulate, protect and cushion your floors.
Choosing the right kind of rug pad for your home is an important decision everyone should make. These rug pads may be required for several parts of the house. They can make areas prone to damage, less threatening. Rug pads can secure your kids against injury on hard floors. They assist in ensuring the surface of floors is no longer slippery. They resist liquids and pressure, guaranteeing that your floors will not begin to make creaking sounds over time. They also allow enough air through, which ensures your hardwood floor will not decay and rot overtime. Rug pads rid you of further expenses.
1.    Smooth Rubber Rug Pads
These kinds of rug pads are the most effective ones. They last a long time. They have varying thickness and densities. For this reason you can alter the thickness according to your requirement. Their density is what gives them the cushioning quality. These are also the most expensive kinds of rug pads because of all their advanced features. People often opt for this particular padding because it becomes an investment that benefits them in the long run. They function very well in protecting both your rug and your floor.
Consumers often claim how they end up replacing their rugs, but their pads last longer.
2.    Waffle Rubber Rug Pads
As the name suggests, these kinds of rug pads are shaped like a waffle; with alternate depressions and elevations. The depressions provide a vacuum for the rug pad. This vacuum works as a strong enough force to link the rug and the floor together.
Waffle rubber rug pads can prove to be very suitable for area rugs and rug mats. Because of their thickness, they work well, but for a shorter period of time. Therefore, they cannot be considered a great investment. They are rather fragile to touch and it is this fragility that causes them to decompose and dismantle overtime. This is why you should pick your waffle rubber rug pads with careful consideration and concern. The right texture, design and arrangement can bring you the comfort you need.
3.    Fibre Cushion Rug Pads
Fibre cushion rug pads are considered the best option for commercial purposes; in a store or in an office. This rug pad is used in places where enhancing the splendour of a place matters more than the comfort. They look pleasing to the eye but may not be just as comfortable to walk on. For this reason they are not considered a suitable option for homes. They are a better option for large scale businesses and shops. best-area-rug-pad-wood-floors
4.    Urethane Foam Rug Pads
Urethane foam rug padswork just as well as their thickness. The thicker they are, the more comfort they provide. They work very well for area rugs, or for rugs used to hold heavy furniture. Their thickness makes them pressure resistant and they can offer great protection to the floor finish against heavy furniture. This padding is very effective to line entire rooms as well; especially if it is a toddler’s room. They cushion blows and form an insulating layer.
So if you have been looking to pad your home, office, shop or just a room, the above options can help you decide well. You can pick the one that seems to fit your requirements. This will protect your loved ones, your house and your valuables.

Hand-Knotted Oriental Rugs

Posted on February 21, 2016

Cleaning-Oriental-Wool-RugsIntroduction

Handmade carpets have gained popularity all over the world and this is due to the fact that they are of high quality, are durable and also have many patterns. A typical handmade oriental rug is made up of several different elements which are warp, weft, overcasting, kilim, fringe and knot. There are basically three kinds of handmade rugs and these are tufted, flat woven and knotted. Within the category of knotted carpets, there are Turkish and Persian Knots. The two main sub-types are give rise to further sub-categories which are discussed here.

Knot refers to a wool strand wrapped around 2 adjacent warp threads, the purpose being to tie the items together. It is this knot that is cut so as to come up with a pile of the carpet. This in turn makes the carpet either pile or flat woven. It takes less amount of time to make a flat weave compared to a pile carpet. Needless to say, it is also less expensive to make a flat carpet. Kilim refers to a common type of the flat woven oriental carpets. The two other common types of flat weaving are Borcade and Soumak.

Back to Turkish and Persian Knot carpets, both of these are further divided into warp strings not only on one but also two levels. They are determined by the knot formation. For Persian Knot, when you hear warp strings on 1 level, it simply means that each knot shows twice. On the other hand, warp strings on 2 levels means that each knot is showing only once. This also applies to Turkish Knots. However, Persian knots that use warp strings are further subcategorized into closed back and open back rugs.

For the open back rugs, it simply means that the full loop section of the knot is found on the higher warp thread. On the other hand, closed back rug gets formed when lower warp thread contains full loop section of the knot. It is only in China that closed back rugs tend to be popular although they are made India, Pakistan, China, and also Iran.

Hand-woven rugs are normally made through tying a larger number of knots, usually in thousands, everyday. But for full-sized oriental rugs, these often take months for them to come into shape.

kermanraver_mhcarpetWhat makes hand-knotted rugs to be popular is the fact that each single weave gets knotted and tied as opposed to factory-made rugs. Not only are they more durable but also very attractive. They won’t fade or even drop in quality with time but improves in quality and texture as time goes by. Also, they are very easy to care for and wash. On the surface, hand-knotted Turkish and Persian carpets may appear pricier compared to factory-made. However, they will last much longer and prove to you that they are better investment.

The Best Rug Pad for Hard Wood Floors

Posted on April 10, 2016

One of the best rug pads for hard wood floors are the non-slippery ones. However, one should be cautious when choosing rug pads as only some are actually safe for the hardwood floor. This article discusses a few types of non slip rug pads which are more convenient and safer.
rubberanchorRubber and Felt Rug Pads
These rug pads are one of the best for hardwood floors. They are made up of rubber and felt, containing a unique blend which prevents the pad from slipping on the floor or the rug itself to slip on the pad. Ultra premium is heat pressed which is unusual, making it one of its defining features. It is produced in a 45 ounce density which averts pressure that may be done to the hard wood floor. Glues or other such products are not used which harm the hardwood floor. Due to this, Ultra Premium is one of the safest and the best rug pads available in the market.
Natural Rubber Rug Pads
This type of rug pad is made up of natural rubber which acts as a great way to prevent the rug pad from slipping. In addition to this, it is of 40 ounce density and 30 inches thick. It has been proven that rug pads should have at least 40 or 45 ounces of density to protect the hard wood floor.
Most of the time rug pads appear to be made from rubber, while actually made up from unnatural products. The dents from the furniture are easily produced which hinders the longevity of the hardwood floor. Moreover, most of the rug pads contain air so that they appear thicker. With the passage of time, this air escapes making the rug pads flatter and less resistant.
superholdlandingMesh Rug Pads
Another type of rug pad that is very effective for hard wood floor is a mesh rug pad with holes in it. This type of rug pad too is made up of natural materials which contain rubber. It succeeds in sticking to the hard wood floor without staining or damaging it.
It is essential to know what features to look for when looking for rug pads to protect your hard wood floor. Natural rubber is one of the best and safest types of rug pads that are available in the market. Other rug pads which fall into this category are memory foam and natural felt. Companies which produce rug pads are more focused on producing rug pads which are more unnatural and chemically created. While they may be cheaper, they will harm one’s hard wood floor. In order to offer protection to hard wood floors, one should buy natural rug pads which have longer life duration and are user friendly.

Rug padding satisfying your needs

Posted on March 8, 2016

Superior-Hard-Surface-and-Carpet-Rug-Pad-8-Round-MLA10719447 Having been in the carpet selling business for some time now, whenever a customer comes along and asks me if they need rug padding beneath their carpets, I tend to answer with the same question: do you need rug padding for your carpets? Most quickly come to understand I am asking them if they need any of the functionality provided by a rug pad, or better yet, if they are missing that functionality. But just because a customer doesn’t have a ready answer doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get rug pads. It only means they should think about what their needs are when it comes to use of their rugs, and how these needs can be more easily met with the addition of the right rug pad. If nothing, a rug pad chosen correctly will offer additional stability to the carpet that covers it, and will, in most cases, reduce the wear and tear that occurs over time. While I am obliged by my company to offer these customers free rug pads to go with their carpets, I take every opportunity to let them know that this form of rug padding is of lesser quality than most others, and advise them to seek out a legitimate rug pad for their needs. Rug pads are so varied that I couldn’t possibly tell each customer about them all and still have time to go back home to my wife, so instead I mostly inquire what specific functionality they want their rug pad to offer. To many of them, the first thing that comes to mind is that they wish to stop their area rug from sliding any more. One of them even shared a story on how her aunt slipped on an area rug that wasn’t outfitted with the right pad, and sprained her ankle for two long weeks. Sliding protection is fairly easy to achieve, but what about when the customer wants several benefits, such as protection from furniture indentations as well as noise reduction? In this case, I look to recommend a dense flat rubber pad. Flat rubber is often considered the premium material for rug padding and while it might be too hard for some uses, it’s just about perfect for supporting the carpet against furniture while cancelling out that loud footstep thumping. super-locknatural3optimized_11_4There was a customer who purchased five rugs of various sizes and asked if he will now have to spend just as much on rug padding. While he was mostly exaggerating, the price of quality rug pads, especially when made to accomodate particularly large rugs, isn’t something to ignore and for some people might come as a bit of a shock. If your rugs are fairly cheap or not there for style, you might be able to get away with using a cheaper rug pad that will offer you what you need. Even if the carpets aren’t cheap, you probably don’t want them stained, so you will still want to avoid bonded urethane foam rug pads despite their appealing cost.