Do I Need A Rug Pad?

You have just purchased the perfect area rug, you have the perfect spot at home to put it, the rug is delivered you lay out on the floor it looks fantastic. When the sales person sold you the rug they may have suggested laying the rug over an underlay or pad, however most of the rugs we clean don’t have pad underneath.

You may ask. “Do I need to have pad underneath my rugs?” Well the answer is in most cases, yes, you need a pad under your rug! It doesn’t matter what type of floor covering your rug will be laid over, the use of a proper rug pad is necessary for numerous reasons.

However not all underlays are suitable for all rugs or floors. In this short video we explain to you “What rug padding can do for you”, “What type of padding should be avoided”, and “The problems that can be solved with padding”.

Extend Wear

Just like the underlay beneath a wall-to-wall carpet, a decent rug pad assists to safeguard your rugs from wear and tear by absorbing the bulk of the effect of foot traffic. The pad is intended to compress and rebound back (even a firm pad will do this to some extent) which takes the tension off of the rug fibres. Minus a pad beneath to act as a shock absorber, the rug fibres will be trampled, and the rug will display warnings of wear much earlier than it would with a proper pad.

Sand, soil and grit is the main culprit for premature wear in rugs, and even with the best cleaning practices sand, soil and grit work their way into the foundation of the rug and to the surface below, causing premature wear. Installing pad beneath your rug allows these soils to collect in the pad rather than your valuable rug.

Prevent Slipping

A decent rug pad holds the rug to prevent it from slipping about. Rugs that are secured by furniture can move, making them to buckle and bunch up, and generating tripping risks. Rug pad assists to keep the rug sitting level and in one position. There are rug pads aimed explicitly for placing a rug over solid surface flooring or laying a rug over wall-to-wall carpet.

Helps with stains

When you have a spill or if your pet dog or cat has an accident on your rug, more often than not the spill or the urine will penetrate the rug and pool on the surface under the rug. Meaning that even though the stain on the surface of the rug may only be 5-10cm round, the stain on the back may be 2-3 times larger. By installing a pad, the stain will travel through the rug causing less damage, you will still have damage.

Protect the Floor Underneath

Irrespective of the kind of floor covering beneath your area rug, it’s necessary to protect it. Rug backings can on occasion be coarse, which can cause scuffs and abrasions on a hardwood and other types of hard floor surfaces. Other risks that lie on the flooring beneath include colour transfer from the rug, the possibility of a minute pebble or another jagged item being trapped beneath the rug, and aggressive wear and tear on the surface of the flooring caused by the area rug slipping with foot traffic.

A rug pad delivers a shielding barrier between the area rug and the floor beneath. Even wall-to-wall carpets where a rug has been laid necessitates the utilization of a rug pad.

Additional Concerns

There are other, non-critical grounds for using a rug pad underneath a rug. Including luxury, sound lessening, and insulation from a cold subfloor. The benefits of rug pads are plentiful. Make certain you get the most out of your rug by utilising a suitable pad beneath it.

So, what type of rug pad should you use?  Call us on 1800 787 184 we are too happy to help

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