Great Benefits of having a waterproof rug pad under Your Area Rug

Apart from comfort and non slip protection, a rug pad can add a lot of benefits to your area rug and floor. It adds safety and prevents spills from seeping to your floor. If you don’t have one yet, take a quick look at what a waterproof rug pad can do for you.

stainmasterrugpadswaterproof· Protection: Rug pads protect rugs from damage and wear. Using a rug pad can extend the life of any area rug. An area rug can experience a lot of stress depending on the kind of floor surface and the items that rest on it. A rug pad is used  to absorb such pressure and stress and prevent premature damage of your rug.

· Longevity of the Rug: Rug pads also help the rug retain its pile. When a rug is walked on, the face fibers are crushed. A dense, quality rug pad absorbs the shock and helps the fibers to spring back to position and minimizes any wearing or matting of the face of your rug. This helps your rug maintain its good looks over its lifetime.

· Comfort and Insulation: Floors can be pretty hard and uncomfortable, and a quality rug pad can help reverse this. Rug pads come in varying thickness and density to add various levels of comfort under any type of area rug. Additionally, they add insulation against colds and sounds as well offering noise reduction.

· Cleanliness: Rugs become much easier to clean and keep clean if they have a rug pad under them. Vacuuming becomes more effective with a rug pad under your rug.

 

Traditional rug pads have been in use for decades now, but they lack in the very important element that an ideal rug pad should have; waterproofing. Waterproof rug pads were designed to offer comfort and damage protection, while being able to prevent liquid spillages from damaging your floor through their advanced waterproofing capability.

Waterproof rug pad

5e83fd8b9079e8615d33775aac2fc63eA waterproof rug pad is an excellent pad to use under your area rug in rooms where accidents and spills are a common occurrence. It will act as water proof and moisture resistant to protect your floor under your carpet or area rug. It is usually made of memory and rebond foam that is recycled and all recyclable. This combination creates a thick, plush and comfortable carpet and rug pad you can use on all hard floor surfaces.

It contains a top film, or layer, made of moisture barrier technology. It holds spills on the surface enabling your to blot them up easily. The barrier prevents any accidents, spills or water from penetrating to the floor underneath, protecting it from damage. Many users now appreciate the value and effectiveness of this waterproof rug and carpet pad having, protected many floors and rugs from premature wear and damage.

Waterproof rug pads haveexcelled in numerous controlled tests including one where a glass full of milk was spilled on their surface. This rug pad was able to prevent milk for seeping through to the floor and was even able to act as an excellent moisture barrier, after several hours of holding the spillage on the surface. This means it can protect your floor from spillage of all kinds even if the accident goes unnoticed for several hours.

 

The importance of area rug pads.

In order to protect wall-to-wall carpets, a pad is placed between the hard concrete and the carpet. Same is true for hardwood floors. The same basic principle is true for area rugs. In order to keep them intact and secure, you should always use a correctly sized  pad. By doing this, you will also protect the hard floor beneath from scratches. Because area rugs get a bit more foot traffic than other areas, a rug pad will increase its life expectancy. That being said, there are more benefits to using a pad for your rug.

Keep it Still
Small area rugs, even larger ones, often move out of place even when placed on a carpeted floor. If you have hardwood floors, they will often slide out of place. This is not only an added chore but can be dangerous. By using a non-slip pad, you are ensuring that the rug stays exactly where you placed it.

Keep it Looking Great
BambooShagBeige2010.xlIf a rug is placed on a hard surface without a pad, the corners and edges will bend over time. This is due to the foot traffic it receives. This is especially true for rugs placed in hallways. By placing a pad underneath the rug, it will not be able to move easily. This means it will not get underfoot or slide and thus cannot roll and bend at the edges. Another important issue is the floor itself. If the floor has slight indentations, for example, those on stone tiles, the rough surface will, over time, damage the underside of the rug. By placing a pad, you protect your area rug and keep it looking new for longer.

Ergonomics at Work
Outside, our shoes give us enough padding and comfort to walk with ease. Indoors, however, we mostly walk barefoot. Hardwood floors can take their toll on your feet, knees, and back. Walking barefoot on a hard surface for a long period of time can lead to calluses which are painful. This pain, in turn, causes pressure on your knees and back. In other words, having carpets creates a soft surface area for you to walk in comfort. Adding padding under your carpets adds extra comfort.

Why other options don’t work.
You could opt to use double sided tape or special carpet tape to keep your rug in place. While this is a quick and cheap solution at first, it’s problematic in the long run. The first problem you will face is that adhesive tape will lose its adhesive properties over time. Although you would use this perhaps just on the edges of the rug, dust and dirt will stick to the tape. As it would be placed in the corners, this will be visible. This means that the rug will constantly appear dirty. Another problem is that when you decide to move the rug the adhesive tape will leave a mark on your floors. In order to remove this mark, you may need to scratch your floors or use chemicals which can damage your hardwood floors. Your best option is to use a rug pad. Rug pads are non-slip without using any type of glue or adhesive. You can move your rug anywhere easily while also keeping it flat when placed.
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Area rugs are visibly appealing, comfortable, and add warmth to your home. That being said, they come with a number of issues when placed directly on your floors. Rug pads solve all those issues. They protect your floors, area rugs, and add comfort for your feet. Adding an area rug is important for the overall feel and look of your home. Adding a rug pad is vital for the durability and longevity of your rug.

Living Room Furniture Arrangement Tips

Have you ever sat in your living room and just felt something was “off” somehow, but you just couldn’t figure what it was? Arguably, living rooms are the most used spaces in our homes. Different people use living rooms for different purposes. From family gatherings, to friends’ game nights, the leaving room is a social hub. Regardless of how you mainly use your living room, furniture placement and spacing is key to function and comfort. For this reason, I have made a small compilation of tips and ideas on how to place furniture in your living room and make it stylish and welcoming.

Remember the basics 

When it comes arranging living room furniture, keep the following points in mind.

Conversations areas: You can creatively arrange furniture to create conversation areas in your living room. This is especially if your living room is large. You don’t want people to strain their necks and shoulders when talking to each other.

Leave the walls alone: Unless your sofa needs support from the wall, or the backs of your furniture are not well finished, there is no need of having your furniture’s backs touching the walls. Moving them closer can create an intimate setting while also enhancing the visual size of your room.  Something like this:

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The focal point: Furniture in your living should be arranged around a focal point. This could be a fireplace, a window, an aquarium or a television.

Traffic flow: Make sure to leave enough space around furniture so that people can move around easily.
Furniture Sizes and Placement
Sofas and Chairs: These two will probably take the largest portion of your living room space. So before you even set out to purchase any of them, take a tape measure and sketch their measurements on paper. Visualize how you want each of them placed, keeping in mind the rooms lighting and traffic flow.

Coffee Table: These are pieces that will dominate the center of conversations areas. The length of the coffee table should ideally be at least a half and at most two thirds the length of the sofa. Also, its height should be slightly lower than the height of chairs and sofas around it. Alternatively, you can use a couple of small benches or tables in the place of the coffee table. Just make sure they are not too small or too short.
Side Tables: This are meant to provide a little more surface beyond the coffee table, and also fill those empty spaces between sofas and chairs, especially if your living room is particularly large. If you have enough space, place one on either side of the sofas and between pairs of chairs, just be careful not to make your room look overcrowded.

Mind the rugs: If you have an area for a rug, position them in a way that either the legs of people sitting are completely off or completely on it. Do not let them wobble. Try to position the rugs so that corners and edges are not in the main walkways to minimize the chances of people tripping as they move around. Also, ensure that the rugs do not destabilize the tables while at it.


Living Room Accessories

1-Fresh-living-room-decorInterior décor and accessories are as important as furniture. You need to plan the placement of your accessories early enough so that your living room does not eventually turn out to be cluttered or look overcrowded. Make provision for television, artwork and indoor plants.

You can sketch the living room plan on paper if you are not so good with computer, or have an interior designer help you out. Try out different arrangements and colors to see which style works for you.

 

Choosing The Best Non Slip Rug Pad

How-to-Choose-Rug-PadsThe constant slippage of an area rug not only poses a danger to those who walk on it but also increases the chances of its damage as well as that of your floor. Luckily, non slip rug pads can offer extra comfort, protect your floor, and most importantly, prevent people from slipping. When it comes to choosing the ideal nonslip rug pad, you will have to consider a few factors, including the comfort you desire, its shape, style, use, and material.

Some of the typical nonslip rug pads are usually woven designs that are relatively thin and mesh looking. Albeit they have become popular and common, there exist the right rug pads that can add the extra comfort, prevent slipping and protect both your rug and floor.

The traditional thin, non slip rug pads

You have probably come across those mesh-looking rug pads in a particular store. Among the most popular ones is the nylon/ plastic material that comes in different sizes and made in China. This product has become renowned because it seemed to serve the purpose and its low price. However, it has been proven that it can easily cause damage to your floor over time. It was found out that the adhesive coating used to make it a non slip pad moves to the floor thereby causing damage.

Unfortunately, some people buy the adhesive covered pads without reading the contents of what they purchase. And since these products cause damage to the floor and carpets, people assume that rubber is responsible for the damages, and hence the bad reputation of the rubber rug pads. If you want to protect your floor and rug from damages and yourself from slipping with a thinner nonslip rug pad, then you should go for the natural rubber which has no treatments. Natural rubber has no sticky feel to the touch like the plastic or nylon products, does not off-gas, and is safe for any floor.

Modern thicker and quality rug pads

Firm-Hold-Non-Slip-Rug-Pad-For-Hard-Floor-Surfaces-247x300 Today, you can offer your rug and floor extra protection as you enjoy more comfort with a more substantial rug pad that is made of felt and rubber. This one offers between 1/4” to 3/8” thickness of comfort with a rubber lower surface and a felt surface. The rubber works against your floor to prevent the slipping of your rug while the felt protects the floor and the rug from pressure damage while adding comfort at the same time. With this ideal combination of materials, you can expect a continued performance of your carpet and floor, but here are a few factors to put into consideration when choosing the right one for you.

• The felt should only be made of recycled fibers as these do not off-gas

• The lower surface should contain 100 percent natural and untreated rubber- You should avoid those felt rug pads that are sprayed with latex on the bottom surface. It is only the natural rubber that can offer full and long-term protection to your floors and rugs. It also ensures that even the edges and corners that don’t have furniture won’t slip at all.

• The padding should be made in the USA and should not contain any adhesives

Our Superior-Hold and Premium-Hold rug pads are good examples of the natural felt and rubber nonslip pads that are safe for use on any floor. By choosing such kinds of rug pads, you are guaranteed of your safety, as well as that of your carpets and floors.

Tips on how to choose bedroom furniture

The idea of buying new bedroom furniture may sound exciting but it can also be challenging. It is very important to plan yourself well and to do enough research otherwise you may end up buying something that does not suit your needs. The following tips will greatly help select the right furniture;

1) Where will the furniture go and how big is the room?simple-small-bedroom

Are you purchasing furniture for a child’s bedroom, or your own bedroom? Is it a teen’s bedroom or is it for a guest bedroom? By asking yourself this question, you will be able to specifically pick furniture that best suits the user of the room.

The size of the room matters a lot when purchasing furniture. If you are decorating a small room, then you will have to go for the furniture that will fit in the room. If you are purchasing for a big room, then you should avoid going for undersized pieces of furniture. Always remember that, the size of the furniture should be in balance with the room’s size.

2) What is your budget?

Budget plays a big role when making your choice of the furniture. Once you have determined what your budget is, then you can start shopping around. You can even search online to see what the different stores offer and check for those that are within your budget. Do enough research before you finally buy. Sometimes, you can find something that is priced very high but it may not necessarily be the best. This is why shopping around and comparing what the different stores are offering will help you get something that is best and is within your budget.

3) What quality of furniture do you want?

When choosing the quality, the budget plays a big role. Your dream may be to go for the top quality but is it really within your budget?

The furniture’s intended use also plays a big role when choosing the level of quality. For instance if purchasing for a master bedroom, then it is wise to go for something of good quality but you can go for something a little lower for a child’s bedroom if need be.

4) What is your decorating style?

If you love a specific decorating style, then it will be nice to go for something that works well with that style. You should however be flexible just in case you do not get one that exactly fits your style. Having furniture which is transitional in style (i.e. in between traditional & modern) is good. Most decorating themes work well with the transitional style.

5) Do you want a matched set

Although it is always nice to buy a complete set, it is not really a must. It is okay to go for different choices that with at least complement the decorating style of the room.

6) Is it a shared room?

If you are purchasing furniture for a shared room, then the interests of the two people should be considered. If for instance it is for a bedroom of a married couple, then you should purchase furniture that will specifically fit both their needs. This also applies when purchasing for two siblings. Although compromise is sometimes necessary, the inhabitants of the bedroom should be happy by the end of the day.

The padding underneath rugs

The padding underneath rugs will play several roles. The following are some of the benefits of having rug pads in place:

1. Prolong the life of your rug

If you have uneven floor, then installing a thick pad will level the peaks. This will make the rugs last for a long period of time because the peaks will not press too hard on the rugs. Among the most harmful elements on Oriental rug is grit. Raising your rug through the help of the pads will prevent dirt from entering your rug which will result in abrasion action.

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2. Protect your floors

A poor quality underlining on your carpet can prevent the floor from breathing. If you have hardwood, the poor underling can accelerate the oxidation of vanish used on the hardwood floor.

3. Keep your carpet in place

Carpets which will keep moving around will be more susceptible to damage. A carpet with padding will shift around less. It is also easier when it comes to vacuuming. The cushion will make the rug more comfortable when stepping on it.

Types of Padding and Non-Skid

Carpet to Hard floor

The type of pad used in this case if thicker. It is made out of heavy gauge rubber. The rubber is stamped with treads. They provide both cushion and traction. The rubber part will be placed on the floor while the grooved side will face the carpet. It was originally made out of jute, but nowadays recycled fibers can be used to make it. It is among the best products in the market. If you have radiant heating, then it is better for you to confirm with your padding professional whether the padding can work for you. The pads are heavy, hence they need to be cut using grade carpet knife. The pads are made having peaks and valleys on one side. The peaks and valleys are very helpful in trapping grit, increasing cushion and providing traction.

Superior-Premium-Felted-Reversible-Dual-Surface-Non-Slip-Rug-Pad-2x3-P16189617Felt Padding

The pad is thicker. It is much softer when compared to carpet to hard floor pad. It is not used with oriental rugs; it is applied with wall to wall. If you have radiant heat, it is a safe alternative you can opt for. The padding has no traction on the back. In order to keep things in place, you can use it with heavy furniture.

“Waffle” Pad

Its main purpose is no skid. It will provide minimum cushion as well as providing outstanding traction. It is ideal for thin rugs, which are supposed to settle close to the floor. If you have no door clearance, then the pad can work well for you. You should be careful of inexpensive brands available which tend to stick to the back of the rugs if not replaced in good time

Carpet to Carpet

This is a thin felt which is not more than 1/8th inch. It is sticky on both sides hence helps in keeping an oriental rug in place. It is used on top of wall to wall carpeting. If you wilI like to change the location of your rug, then you should be careful because the adhesive will not come out easily.