Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors and the Possible Damage

Posted on August 31, 2014

It is a common query of the consumers to know how likely the hardwood floors are to get staining and damage by rug pads. The questions end up in a series of questions: Which rug pads end up damaging floors? or Which rug pads can prevent floor damage?

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The fact is rug pads can damage the floors. There are a number of reasons that cause the damage or yellowing. The primary reasons why rug pads damage floors are listed below:

  • PVC rug pads are often problematic for rugs and flooring. These rug pads dissipate oils with time, and as the oil reaches the floor finishes the floor stains. These occurs mostly with vinyl, acrylic, laminate, polyurethane, and other plastic finishes. Some PVC pads work really well with certain types of floors, but with many floors they can cause serious damage. Most PVC pads are made “as low cost as possible” and most do not come with a warranty. The oils can react and dissolve into the floor finishes, causing permanent discoloration and damages. This occurs most often with hot climates where oils have a higher chance of realeasing and reacting with your floor finishes.
  • Cheap Latex is safer to use on your hardwood floors. But there is a problem with cheap latex that is cheap latex uses a lot of clay fillers and these fillers break down and break apart, leaving a pile of dust on the hardwood floors. Cheap latex can also cause different issues. They do not necessarily cause yellowing and damage to the floors, but they can break down and turn to a pile of dust. This issue is often overlooked as most of us do not frequently check the underneath of our rugs to check whether the they are causing this problem or not.
  • Often the users do not wait for the cure of floors. For example, consumers often put a rug pad under their rug before their polyurethane floors have properly cured. This is a severe mistake. No matter what type of rug pad you have applied, the floor finishes will soak up the chemical substances in the rug pads.
  • There are some particular floor types that need a breathable pad in order to work properly for long. This is not the case with hardwood, but linoleum, laminate, and acrylic finishes need a breathable barrier between your rug and floors, or else the finish might turn yellowish in color.
  • Sunlight can cause problems for your rug. Even when you are using a quality pad, sunlight can definitely affect your floor finishes. Some types of floors change their colors over time depending on exposure to the sun. This case occurs only with certain types of flooring. For this reason, rug dealers and retailers always mention and if they do not they should mention that how often you should move and rotate your rugs. As a conscious user, do not forget to ask your flooring manufacturers to ensure this issue; if sunlight affects the coloring of your floor finish take the necessary steps.

Enhancing the decor with rugs and rug pads

Posted on December 27, 2015

The carpet in the room has far more functions than enhancing the décor. It is the easiest way to hide some flaw or damage on your flooring, brings a feeling of warmth in the atmosphere and diminishes the noise level in the house. If you are using a rug pad, most of those features are only further enhanced. Handmade rugs were very expensive until the 1980’s, but the new technology and cheap human labor made these products quite affordable. If you think that handmade rugs are more expensive than your budget allows you to spend, the industry offers other options as well. This article might help you to narrow down your choices and find the perfect carpet for your floor. 5mm_thick_underlay_rug_pad_total_stop_rugs_moving_on_hard_floors_non-slip_close_up

Measuring your room is the first step in finding the right carpet. The size of the rug depends on the room and the effect you expect the rug to bring in the area. If you want the rug to have decorative purpose only, than you don’t have to measure the area and you can make your choice according to the style in the room. If you are looking for floor covering for the living room, you need to measure the space the furniture takes in that area. If the carpet is for the dining room, you are going to have to spread all chairs and measure the approximate size for the rug that way. Make sure the chairs won’t wobble over the carpet and the area is fully covered with the rug when you spread the chairs. Here is where you need to think about what would be the best rug pads for you. If you are above a room with other people, you will almost certainly want one that cancels the sound of footsteps or chairs. Also, some rug pads can prevent indentations on your carpet, if they are dense enough. If you are not sure about the size for your new rugs make sure you find a dealer and talk your options trough, or at least make a survey online.

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Many people are buying their rugs to enhance the style in the area and that is their main purpose. If you are afraid about the choice of colors make sure to follow few decorating guidelines. The color of the rug doesn’t have to be the same color as the furniture, drapes or walls. You can experiment and use bright colors as long as they complement the colors in the rest of the room fixtures. Bright colors for your flooring will change the appearance in the entire room. They will make it more spacious and welcoming, while dark colors will bring warmth and cosines. When it comes to patterns and design you have endless options as well. Be careful when choosing the design. Persian and oriental rugs will look great in the bedroom, but if you place them in contemporary living room for example, the modern equipment might mismatch with the oriental outline.
The last detail you should consider when choosing rugs is their durability and quality. There are many different manufacturers. Some of them use machines to make the carpets, while others make them by hand. Buying the most expensive handmade rug doesn’t have to mean you made the best possible decision. A big part in the protection of your carpet is the rug pad. All the best rug pads offer various types of protection and will keep the rug from wearing down. However, the wrong rug pad, like the free rug pad offered by carpet vendors, can actually do more harm than good. If the rug is for the hallway, it will be better to buy machine made carpet made of wool. They are more robust and heavy and they can survive the frequent traffic. Expensive hand knotted rugs are less tolerable to damage and it will be better to purchase them for places like formal living rooms and bedrooms.

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.

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.

How To Care For Solid Hardwood Floors

Posted on April 5, 2016

Solid hardwood floors have the strength and composition to be able to resist all liquid spillage, scratches and dents. Despite the toughness to their nature, they can still be damaged if not cared for at all. No individual affords to install and re-install hardwood floors. This is why it is important to ensure they are being cared for properly, to make the investment worthwhile. There is no change that one has to make in their regular method of cleaning the floor; they can mop it or sweep it to keep the dust and water off. People can even use a vacuum cleaner if it is more convenient for them.
Following are a few tips how you can ensure your hardwood floor is prevented from damage as much as possible;
Water Spillage
When you have a hardwood floor at home it becomes very difficult to constantly be aware of what you are doing. Oftentimes when it is raining people walk in with wet shoes and leave water marks all over their floors. Similarly when there is a snowfall, people walk in with shoes that have been coated with snow leaving it as water on the floor. These should not be avoided as they will seep into the hardwood floor and cause serious damage. In order to prevent this, it is best to have a mat placed outside and away from the floor so that people can scrape and scrub off their wet and dirty shoes before walking on the floor.
Scrapes and Depressions
People who have hardwood floors at home often do not walk on them while wearing heels. Heels can leave nasty scratches on the floor. If you have pets, then they can leave scratches and imprints on the floor that will give it a rugged look. When people want to change the settings of their homes, they end up moving their furniture around. Though they may not know the harm in doing so, their floor sure would demonstrate the damage done. Rugs also leave marks and imprints on the floor making it look old and nasty.
Therefore in order to ensure these problems can be sorted be sure to get things like a magic marker. This can be applied on the comparatively smaller scratches, they make a visible difference. A cotton swab can be used to re-tint the scratched wood, this can also make the smaller scratches go away. The best way is to also install rug pads for hardwood floors even those that are covered with carpet. This way the floors are protected against any spill on the rug and scratches from heels on the rug are also avoided. This makes using hardwood floors comparatively easier.

Tips for the Maintenance of Your Oriental Rug Pads

Posted on September 2, 2014

Hand-knotted oriental rug pads are made from wool, and they can unmistakably bring an unequal grandeur to your room. They are woven by hands, by skilled weavers who put their expertise to make them grand. They are famous for their long durability, and with the proper cleaning and attention they can last for years and will be an heirloom.

c1Guidelines for General Care
You should place your area rug on an even surface. If you place your area rug on an uneven surface there is the obvious risk that one area of the rug will wear out more quickly than the rest.

You cannot nullify the natural wear and tear but you can expand the durability of your rug pad by taking some simple cautions in mind. Ensure that you have chosen a top quality pad for your rug, and the rug pad is able to keep it from sliding on a bare floor.Besides, remember to rotate your rug every six months so that even wear and tear would be ensured.

Water or any other fluid can be dangerous for your rug. So you must ensure that you have to kept away your oriental hand-knotted rug from any source water or dampness. One of the deadly mistakes many people do is that they put potted plant on a rug. You should keep in mind that potted plant can cause dripping of water or some accident may occur and your rug can get dampness. Even when you have precautions, there is risk that the pot is going to leak at some point. Moreover, usually the area under a pot stay damp, and this dampness can discolor that part of your rug. So it is safe to avoid putting potted plants totally.

Another issue could be moths. Usually, the rugs that are not used for long are more likely to get moths, and the good news is that moths rarely cause problems for rugs that are in use. Moths like to lay their larvae in dark, undisturbed areas where a rug may not have much traffic or get vacuumed, such as dark undisturbed corners of furniture. You can prevent the moths by rotating the rugs regularly and by exposing the rugs to light and air.

However, it is quite natural that over the time your rug will get damaged, and if your rug is damaged make sure the necessary repairs are done with care. To do the repairs choose competent and experienced professional so that your rug will not damaged more from unexpected nuisances.

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For your hand knotted rug and rug pads, whether the are oriental or not, regular cleaning is crucial. The beauty and grandeur of those rugs largely depend on the frequency and quality of cleaning. A well cleaned rug always looks splendorous and new. So keep your rugs clean.

Keeping your rug clean by maintaining it regular care is the best way to extend its life. Do not forget to regularly sweep and vacuum the rug to pull away dirt and make sure that it is not settling into the fibers.

When vacuuming, be sure that you are not going against the rug’s pile or vacuuming the fringes. To check the direction of the pile, run your hand along the rug. One direction will feel smooth, while the other will feel stiffer. Vacuum in the smooth direction rather than pushing against the pile.

Do not use steam cleaning or chemical cleaners on your hand-knotted rug, as this will remove natural oils from the wool, causing it to wear out faster. Day to day, surface cleaning is all that is necessary for your hand-knotted rug. However, for serious cleaning, you should use a professional cleaning service that specializes in hand-made rugs.

A hand-knotted Oriental rug is a beautiful addition to any home, and with proper maintenance it will last for years to come. You can google any rug pad reviews to get more ideas for cleaning a particular rug pad. Do not hesitate to contact us to know more about finding your perfect rug that suits your home and needs.

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.