The 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
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.