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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wool Rug Pads: An Eco-Friendly Alternative to PVC & Plastics

Posted on July 4, 2014

The best rug pads you will find on the market are made from natural wool. The finest wool used for wool rug pads are mostly come from New Zealand sheep. New Zealand wool is the softest wool on the market. From New Zealand, the wool is shipped back to the USA where it is processed into rug pads. Wool rug pads are the softest pad you will find on the market. Wool is very expensive to produce compared to synthetic alternatives, and thus, natural wool rug pads are costly.  Wool rug pads however are a far more eco-friendly alternative than pvc and vinyl.

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Wool is sheared from sheep by hands, processed by hands, and then packaged by hands. Then the sheared wool is woven and heat-compressed into felt pads. The large manufacturers do this part of the manufacturing process in the USA. These 100% non chemical rug pads are the finest and softest rug pads that you will find on the market.

If you are using felt rug pads you better consider these issues: Felt rug pads are made using leftover felt fibers from carpet production. They are far easier to produce, yet far less Eco friendly for rug pads. Felt contains some synthetic fibers that can outgas as time passes. Most felt pads are made with polypropylene fibers and do not contain wool. However, many are satisfied with felt rug pads for their low price, but underneath this low price the above-mentioned demerits are intertwined with felt rug pads.

Wool, the main source of natural wool rug pads, is 100% biodegradable and recyclable, that is, wool naturally breaks down over time. As a result, wool rug pads are 100% Eco friendly rug pad even if used for a long time. Most rug pads that are made from PVC and chemicals can end up outgassing thus they cause damage to the floors over time. A wool rug pad will not damage your floors as they are environmentally friendly. You can use these wool rug pads for years without experiencing difficulties.

Wool is safe for all floors, including hardwoods, laminate, tile, stone, radiant heat and other glossy floor finishes.  Wool does not contain any latex or rubber and, therefore, is softer and more comfortable than other comparable products.  Most non-slip rug pads are made with PVC materials that can end up damaging or discoloring your floors with time.

PVC rug pads mainly lack quality. In most of the cases, PVC rug pads are all manufactured overseas from large plastics manufacturers. These manufacturers do not test on American hardwood floors and rarely on domestic floors as well.  With a wool rug pad, you don’t necessarily have this issue. Your floors will not stain for sure, and they will continue looking as good as the new.  PVC is not an eco friendly rug pad, its very chemically rich and contains a lot of outgassing materials.

Wool is naturally flame retardant – wool has a very high ignition temperature and therefore can be used on radiant heat flooring and other floor finishes that can often stain floors over time. Ultimately it is a much more natural product to use.  The results can be seen over time.

x580_80_142_1367622033Aside from being the most eco rug pads, wool offers some other awesome benefits.  Wool rug pads are 100% breathable.  Certain wood floor finishes need to circulate airflow between rugs and floors or they can risk staining or stripping the wood floor. Wool glossed hardwood floor to breath preventing mold and mildew buildup.  Natural wool rug pads are needle punched to allow for maximum breathability, this allows more airflow between your rug and floors. The more airflow you have the better it will be for your floors. You will see that the pad will not deteriorate over time but you have to ensure the airflow.

Wool rug pads do not come with any noticeable odors.  You will find that even over time there is no odor.  In fact, they have shown signs of reducing harmful air pollutants and vocs that can be emitted from unnatural household products.  Indoor air is approximately five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Most of this pollution can be attributed to low quality carpeting and polypropylene carpeting.  Typically its these style carpets that can end up discoloring your floor finishes, hence why I recommend using a 100% natural rubber rug pad for a non slip pad and a wool rug pad for larger area rugs. The natural fibers are much better for the rug and the floor.  A good pad will increase the life of your rug by a lot.

Wool rug pads are a safe and natural solution to use in your homes.  Unlike standard commercial rug padding, wool rug pads do not contain any toxic chemicals or plastics that can harm your floors and finishes.  Order a wool rug pad and enjoy the benefits a wool rug pad can offer. You will not be disappointed for sure. For further queries you may have a look at good rug pad reviews.

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.

c2Cleaning Tips
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.