Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors and the Possible Damage

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.

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