Studies have shown that indoor air quality is approximately 5 times more polluted that the air outside. This can be a result of outgassing: the release of chemicals into the air from furniture and other household items.
To combat these toxins, consumers have shifted to more eco-friendly household products. Manufacturers have also become aware that there is a problem and many have taken steps by replacing low cost materials with non-toxic alternatives.
Unfortunately, most of the rug pad industry has not met these more environmentally sustainable standards. This is because rug pads are an unseen product – essentially, they are virtually invisible unless a consumer checks on them. Consumers do not want to pay a premium for a product they are not going to see or touch; therefore the majority of rug pads are continually manufactured on a lowest-cost basis.
Also, unlike carpet padding (cushioned padding that goes underneath wall to wall carpeting), rug pads are not usually tested for toxicity levels. This is because carpet padding that is used for commercial purposes must pass certain testing to ensure they are safe to use. Rug pads do not have the same type of regulation since they are primarily used for residential purposes.
The dangers of PVC
Improving indoor air quality starts from the ground up. When shopping for rug pads, it’s best to avoid plastic pads that were manufactured overseas. Most pads made with a type of plastic called PVC are not tested for quality, sustainability, or outgassing.
Many synthetic PVC rug pads cause damage to expensive hardwood floors and finishes. Unfortunately, by the time many customers discover the damage done to their floors, it’s too late. Without a warranty, customers end up footing the bill to refinish their floors.
Many imported rug pads are made with cheap, toxic materials that can damage floors and negatively effect air quality in your home.
The RugPadUSA difference
At RugPadUSA, we want to offer the most eco-friendly and non-toxic rug pads to our customers. What started as a simple idea expanded into a growing, successful business that proudly ships and delivers worldwide.
What we offer
- High-quality, long-lasting rug pads that won’t damage floors
- Eco-friendly and non-toxic products
The most eco-friendly rug pad materials
We can proudly say we offer the most environmentally friendly rug pads available on the market. Rug pads made from natural rubber and recycled felt are safe, non-toxic, will not outgas, and are safe to use with all floors and finishes.
Natural rubber offers strong gripping power and is a non-toxic material that resists mold, mildew and melting in hot temperatures. Our natural rubber rug pads contain no glues, adhesives, or plasticizers for better grip and longer life, and they will never mark or stain floors or finishes.
Felt and rubber
If you’re looking for more cushion with a strong grip, a felt & rubber rug pad is the right solution. Felt fibers fasten to the bottom of your area rug, while a non-slip rubber backing anchors the rug down to prevent any bunching or slipping. Not only do rug pads provide safety against slip and fall accidents, but they also provide noticeable support while protecting your Oriental rugs or carpeting.
For adding cushion to large area rugs that do not need a non-slip pad, try our 100% felt rug pads. All of our felt fabric rug pads are made from recycled carpet fibers making them more sustainable and eco-friendly than most cushioned rug pads.