August 2014

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.

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.

Rug Pads and Their Usage

Posted on August 15, 2014

A rug pad is to put under a rug. It has many functions. Rug pads provide cushioning for the area rugs along with their non-slip support. There are a varieties of rug pads on the market. Rug pads extend the life of a rug and protect it from slipping and it also facilitate cleaning the rugs. However, despite the undeniable importance of rug pads, people often overlook the quality of a rug pad. A low quality rug pad can do no good rather it causes more damage to the rug and to the floor.

g2Rug Pads for Smaller Oriental Rugs:

With smaller rugs you may choose simple thin non-slip mesh rug pads as they work well with the the smaller rugs. They are especially designed and manufactured to to prevent your rug from slipping on your floors so that they can avoid causing people to trip on the floors. It is recommended that you should buy a natural rubber rug pad, as a natural rubber rug pad is less likely to cause damage to your flooring. Moreover, this will keep your rug from wearing so rapidly. It will also help you vacuuming your rug more easily so that your rug will serve you for an extended life span as dirt and grim cause the degradation of rugs mostly.

Rug Pads for Larger Oriental Rugs:

A cushioned + non-slip rug pad can offer you more cushioning so that you can feel more comfort under your feet. A 100% felt pad are prone to slide over the floor, so you should buy a non-slip pad instead. Besides, choose a pad pad with less than 1/4″ thickness, so you our your guests will not trip on the floor. Many consumers prefer a felt and natural rubber rug pad.

To make sure that your rug pad is not staining your floor you should choose a rug pad with  100% natural rubber backing. Another advantage of natural rubber pads is that they last longer than the synthetic rubber pads. Besides, before choosing your rug pad you should consider your hardwood floor types and the types of furnishings you have in your floors so that your rug pad will be the perfect rug pad for your needs. g3

Always remember to follow flooring manufacturers’ instructions as they are important when choosing your rug pads out of the numerous rug pads available on the market. In most of the cases, floors are factory finished with polyurethane or some other type of finishes, e.g. acrylic, lacquered, or vinyl. One thing you can take for granted that it is not a good idea to use a PVC rug pad on the last three styled floors, because PVC rug pads prone to react with certain floor finishes OTHER than polyurethane.

You can find the following styles of rug pads in the market: polymer rug pads, reused jute rug pads, PVC rug pads, felt and rubber rug pads, polymer coated polyester rug pads, solid jute rug pads, vinyl, synthetic latex, and natural rubber rug pads.