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.
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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.

Hand-Knotted Oriental Rugs

Posted on February 21, 2016

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.