Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

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Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors is one of the best ways to protect hardwood floor from scratches and dents.  The best rug pads for hardwood floors are ones that are either a solid felt or a felt and natural rubber combination.

When a rug is walked on, there is pressure to push through the rug and hit the floor. A quality rug pad will act as a barrier between the carpet and the floor to prevent any scratching from the back of the rug to the floor. Therefore, the carpet pad should be solid as opposed to one with holes in it. The more solid and dense the pad, the better the protection to the hardwood floor.

In order for the rug pad to protect the hardwood floor against furniture, it must be solid and dense. The open weave rug pads with holes in them do not offer ample protection, so choose a solid felt or foam rug pad instead. In choosing the type of pad to use, pay attention to the density of the pad. This is the level of resistance that the rug pad offers against pressure of furniture penetration through the rug. The higher the density, the better the protection. Felt rug pad is available in various densities and if possible, choose a 40 or 45 ounce for maximum resistance. This is available in 1/4? to 3/8? thick and is sufficient thickness to prevent penetration to the floor.

Safest Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

Safest Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors

Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors Considerations

I hear many people tell me that their pad stuck to their floor and it cost them a lot of money to re-finish the floor. The type of pad that does this is an open weave waffle looking pad. It may look and feel like rubber but it actually is a plastic or nylon pad that has a chemical spray applied to it. This chemical is what transfers to the floor and leaves an imprint of the rug pad right on the floor. Real rubber does not harm the floor and a felt and natural rubber carpet pad will prevent slipping and protect the floor.

It is always best to buy a solid pad when it comes to any hardwood or wood floor. Take care in making sure that if it is a 100% felt pad, the felt is recycled without any chemicals or adhesives. If it is a non slip felt and rubber rug pad you need, make sure the rubber is actually a natural rubber and not a rubber like substance that can harm the floor.

Area Rug Padding Hardwood Floor

Area Rug Padding Hardwood Floor

In another case, you will need to take some special precautions if you have heated floors. It is not a good idea to cover them with rug pads that are treated with a chemical application material. The heat blended with the chemicals can accelerate the potential for the treatment material to stain the floors. If you have radiant heated floors, your best bet is to use jute/rubber rug pads. They will keep your area rug anchored and maximize their slip proof function.

Using rug pads for hardwood floors with good quality product is a great way to keep your floor coverings from sliding around and you will be set for years to come.

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