Q: Do I really need a rug pad?
A: Pads are necessary for a number of different reasons:
They save a lot of wear and tear on rugs.
They prevent rugs from slipping around.
They give support for thinner rugs.
Q: Can I leave off rug pads that are laid over wall-to-wall carpeting?
A: Rugs on carpets can still have problems. They can wrinkle and bunch just as easily as they would on bare floors. A high-quality rug pad will keep a rug flat on the ground, specifically the edges.
Q: Do rug pads do anything more than provide a cushion?
A: Yes, they provide a number of benefits, the most important of which being to protect the life and longevity of a rug. Rug pads also serve as sound and shock absorbers when there is heavy foot traffic. If you want to protect the life of your rugs and benefit from a quieter home, put a rug pad underneath all your rugs – no matter what type of floors they’re on.
Q: But I like a softer feel.
A: Yes, but a softer, exposed rug will wear down fast. Imagine all the heels that walk over your rugs every day. If you were walked on as much as rug, wouldn’t you want some support? You can leave your rugs exposed for a softer feel, but they won’t last as long.
Q: What is the best type of rug pad?
A: The best type of rug pad is a dense, non-woven, needle-punched, solution-dyed, hypo-allergenic (no plant or animal fibers) pad made of 100% synthetic fiber. A pad of this nature is not susceptible to gathering allergens, growing mildew or rotting. These pads provide the ultimate protection for your area rugs – and they can last for over a decade.
Q: How long do traditional rug pads last?
A: Basic rug pads made of cheap foam crumble quickly. Dense pads, like the one described above, can last for 10 years or more.