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Rug Pad Facts

Rug Pad Corner offers Facts and Answers to Common Questions on Rug Pads

This section will go over answers to questions on rug pads such as “do I need a rug pad?”, “will a rug pad harm my floor?”, “what is the best rug pad for hardwood floors?”, “what size rug pad do I need?”, “how do I cut a rug pad?”, “how do I clean a rug pad?”, “when do I need to replace my rug pad?” and more facts on rug pads.

Do I Need a Rug Pad?

Yes! A Rug Pad Will Prolong the life of your rug. Rug pads act as a barrier between your rug and your floor. This minimizes any wear against the back of your rug and floor, hence making the rug and floor last much longer. A rug pad also helps with vacuuming and allows the vacuum to remove as much dust as possible from the base of the rug.

A Rug Pad Will Protect your floors

Rug pads can prevent floor indentations from furniture and scratch marks from the back of your rug. Our Ultra Premium and Superior pads work best for this.

A Rug Pad Will Protect your Family

For rugs that slide, the right non slip rug pad will keep your rugs in place and safe. Our Ultra Premium and Super Hold work best for this.

A Rug Pad Can Reduce Noise

Rug pads reduce any echoes over hardwood floors and any sounds to people below. Our Superior and Ultra Premium are rated as excellent noise reduction rug pads.

A Rug Pad Can Add Comfort

Rug pads add comfort for walking, sitting and playing on all types of rugs. Our Superior and Ultra Premium work best for this and add 1/3” to 3/8” comfort.

Will the Rug Pad Harm Our Floors?

Not Ours! There are lots of cases of rug pads harming hardwood, wood and many hard floors. These rug pads usually contain some sort of chemical additive to prevent slipping and this spray eventually sticks to the floor. A quality rug pad will not harm your floor. For non-slip rug pads, be sure the rug pad contains real, natural rubber and not a spray latex or rubber like substance. The real layer of rubber is safe for all floors. The prepackaged rug pads, particularly the ones with the holes in them, are usually not real rubber and these can harm your floor. Our Ultra Premium contains real rubber, our Superior is 100% felt jute with no latex, chemicals or adhesives and our Super Hold is organic and is safe for floors.


What is the Best Rug Pad for Hardwood and Wood Floors?

The two best rug pads for hardwood and wood floors are either a solid recycled felt jute rug pad or a felt jute and natural rubber combination rug pad. Our Superior rug pad is an example of a solid felt jute that does not contain any chemicals, latex or glues and is safe for all floors. It does not prevent slipping. For rugs that slip, our Ultra Premium rug pad is a solid felt surface and a natural rubber bottom to prevent slipping. Beware of similar rug pads where the bottom is a spray latex or rubber like substance, as these can harm your floor.

What Size Rug Pad Do I Need?

The rug pad should always be trimmed a little less than the rug size. A good rule is to trim the rug pad back 1 to 2 inches on all four sides smaller than your rug size. This allows the edges of your rug to fall flat to the floor and avoid any trip hazards or premature wear to the edges of your rug. This will also keep the edges of your rug pad out of sight. We trim our pads 1.5 inches less than rug size on all sides. We offer Custom Rug Pads.

How do I Cut a Rug Pad?

It is always best to have your rug pad cut to your rug size by the store where you bought it. In the event that you cannot do this, then you may cut a rug pad in a few ways. For thinner rug pads, a strong pair of household scissors will usually work. For thicker and denser rug pads, a carpet knife is needed. When cutting your rug pad, be sure not to mark the floor or the rug. It is best to take the pad to concrete floor or place it on top of a piece of plywood. Use a heavy pair of gloves to avoid possible injury.

How do I Clean a Rug Pad?

Rug pads require little care. An occasional vacuuming is a good idea to remove any dust that might have gone through the pile of the rug and to the rug pad. If you encounter a spill that went through to the rug pad, simply reveal the area of the pad that is wet and blot it with a damp sponge. Next, blot dry with paper towels and let air dry for a few hours.

How do I Know When I Need to Replace my Rug Pad?

A quality rug pad should last several years, yet it will need to be replaced eventually. For felt rug pads, the signs to replace them are if they start shredding. You may see more fibers than usual around the edges of your rug. If this is the case, lift your rug to see the rug pad and try to feel if the pad is shedding easily. If it is, it is time for a new rug pad. For rubber rug pads, since rubber is a natural product, it will eventually dry out. This should take many years. When you start to see your rubber rug pad cracking, it is time to replace it. For the waffle looking polyester, nylon and PVC (plastic) rug pads with the holes, it is time to replace them when the knobs, or bumps, of the pad start to fall off. Check your rug pad every 6 months for this as well as to see if this type of rug pad is marking your floor.