Accessories & Rug Pads
Question: DO YOU NEED A RUG PAD?
Answer: The answer is maybe...
Rug pad serves three main purposes. Pads keep your rugs from slipping out of place. Pads control curling, bunching and wrinkling. And rug pads are also important to reduce rug wear.
Most importantly, rug pads keep your rug from sliding around when you walk across it. This does protect your floor and extends the life of your rug, but more importantly, it keeps you from falling. Rug pad also adds a slight bit of cushioning. This serves a function of comfort, but does not extend the life of your floors or rugs in any way. In some cases, this cushioning may also help keep the rug clean by allowing air to pass beneath the rug during vacuuming, but this is often not the case with solid pads.
One last thing… if you do buy a rug pad, make sure that it is specifically made for an area rug on top of hardwood or tile flooring. Some manufacturers even make specialty pads for rugs on top of wall to wall carpeting. The wrong pad will have an incorrect amount of petroleum in it and can harm the finish on your floors. Make sure that you have the right pad with a guarantee not to harm your floors. If you have questions, contact a reputable dealer for help. You can always call us at 859-254-4412.
Question: DO I NEED RUG PADS FOR RUGS ON WALL-TO-WALL CARPETING AND NOT BARE FLOORING?
Answer: Area rugs on top of wall-to-wall carpeting still have problems. They want to creep curl and wrinkle into bunches that not only look unpleasant but can catch your feet and trip you. Depending upon the density and pile height of your wall to wall carpet, placing furniture on top of your rug can actually cause damage. The right kind of area rug pad makes area rugs stay put, keeps them flat and greatly reduces wear, especially on the edges and ends, which are the must vulnerable areas of an area rug.
Question: IS THE MAIN FUNCTION OF A RUG PAD TO PROVIDE A CUSHIONED FEEL?
Answer: No. The most important thing good rug pads do is to protect the life of your rugs, preventing premature wear which shows up in heavy traffic areas as “troughs” or “valleys.” Rugs are meant to be used on a hard surface, and a pad should be sturdy so that it acts as a “shock absorber” for foot traffic. The more cushion you have, the more strain you will cause to your rugs. Mechanical wear tests have repeatedly demonstrated that solid rug pads lengthen the life of your rugs substantially.
Question: WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF RUG PAD?
Answer: While there are many types of rug pads available on the market today, we are most concerned about finding a durable pad that performs well without damaging the finish on your floors. Before selecting a rug pad, be sure that you get a pad that is made for specific use in your type of application. We also only recommend pad manufacturers that offer a guarantee against finish damage.
Our pad of choice that we stock in our showroom is Eco Grip by Vantage Industries. This soft, medium cushioned pad does an excellent job of holding rugs in place on hardwood or tile floors. It is made with natural soybean oil, and is appropriate for use under any type of rug or floor mat. It is easily cut to size with a pair of scissors, hand washable, and comes with a 20 year warranty. This pad is for indoor use only.