You may think a rug pad is just a thing grandma used to complain about when the rug would get off center, but today’s rug pads do so much more! Here’s why you want one under every rug in your home.
Prevent Slips and Falls
A rug pad helps to hold and keep your area rug safely in one place. If you have elderly family members or children living in your home, a non slip rug pad is the best away to avoid an unintended accident due to a shifting rug. Even rugs anchored by furniture can slide or bunch up without a rug pad and create a tripping hazard. Did you know: we even have rug pads specifically designed to be placed between an area rug and carpet, like this one.
The additional barrier of a rug pad provides noise insulation, making your rooms both quieter and warmer in those chilly months. This layer also provides extra comfort underfoot which is always a plus when placed over hardwood or stone flooring! Check out our plush rug pad here.
Don’t just focus on area rug cleaning but aftercare too. Rug pads promote airflow through your rugs. Air circulation allows your rug to ‘breathe’ which reduces moisture being trapped in your rugs, especially on high-traffic pieces. This prevents mildew, mold and bacteria from growing in the fibers, making cleaning easier. We offer a variety on our site.
Protect Your Floors
Many rugs have a rough backing to them that can severely damage your floors over time as they move and slide around your hardwood floors. Without a rug pad, the material is pushed against the hardwood floor causing thousands of tiny scratches. Using a spill-resistant rug pad will also protect your carpets, hardwoods, vinyl or stone from dye bleeds and transfers from your rugs, which can happen after moisture build up, liquid spills and pet urine. Check out the helpful video here about how rugs with a moisture barrier protect your flooring.
Increase the Life of Your Rug
It’s not just about saving the floors under your rugs either. Friction can cause damage to the backing of your rug which will loosen the pile, causing your rug to shed or fray. Keeping your rugs still will also help prevent fiber crushing or stretching out of the pile—maintaining the beauty of your rugs for years to come.
When choosing the rug pad that’s right for your home, there are a few things to consider:
- How thick is my area rug?
- Where will it be – hardwood, carpet, cement or other hard surfaces?
- How thick should my rug pad be?
- What size should my rug be? (Spoiler: They should be just slightly smaller than the size of your rug.)
And we’re here to help! Our team of experts can help you with a custom size and cut to perfectly fit your oriental, antique or area rug. If you already know the type of rug pad you need, you can purchase common sizes on our site. Plus, check out our rug gallery for your next beautiful oriental rug addition to your home décor while you’re there.