Toxic Rug Pads Linked to Poor Air Quality?

Studies have shown that indoor air quality is approximately 5x more polluted that the air outside. This is a direct result of outgassing: the release of chemicals into the air from furniture and household accessories.

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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 lower cost materials with more sustainable sources.

Unfortunately, a lot of the rug pad industry have not caught up to higher and more sustainable standards. This is because rug pads are an “unseen” product - meaning they are not visible unless a customer checks up 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.

At RugPadUSA, however, we wanted to offer 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.

We wanted to offer two essentials to our consumers:

1. High quality rug pads that won’t stain floors
2. Eco-friendly and non-toxic products

While some of our rug pads are more eco-friendly than others, we can proudly say we offer the most environmentally friendly rug pads available. Natural rubber, recycled or 100% felt, and bio-based polymers are safe, non-toxic materials that do not outgas and are safe for flooring.

Improving indoor air quality stars from the ground up. When shopping for area rug pads, it’s best to steer clear of plastic padding that was manufactured overseas. Most pads made with PVC are not tested for quality, sustainability, or outgassing.

Both Super Lock Natural and Nature’s Grip are made of natural rubber which is a safer and more sustainable alternative to PVC padding. Oils used in PVC pads can bleed into your flooring finishes, causing yellowing or staining. This is especially prevalent in hot and humid climates.

Many synthetic PVC rug pads cause damage to expensive hardwood floors and finishes. Customers only notice this years down the line since it’s certainly not a priority to check under your rugs. Without a warranty, customers end up footing the entire bill for the damage.

Natural Rubber, on the other hand, offers a multitude of benefits:

1. Natural rubber is a non-toxic material that resists any type of mold or mildew
2. Resists melting in hot temperatures
3. Contains no glues or adhesives
4. Won’t stain flooring and is more durable than the rest

If you’re looking for even more cushioned support with a strong grip, we would recommend our felt & rubber rug pads. Felt fibers will 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.

The combination of felt with natural rubber gives our customers the best of both worlds.

Our vinyl rug pads, Anchor Grip and Comfort Grip, are also great for providing non-slip traction with durable support. These bio-based polymer pads are made with 100% soybean oils rather than petroleum based oils. They do not contain phthalates and other toxic chemicals found in other PVC rug pads.

Our vinyl rug pads are safe to use on all factory flooring surfaces using eco-friendly resources.

For even more comfort and support try our 100% felt rug pads. The 100% felt Eco Plush pad offers superior rug and floor protection for larger area rugs that wouldn’t benefit from a non-slip backing.

Our felt rug pads are tested quarterly by The Carpet and Rug Institute, which enforces strict environmental standards and policies. These eco-friendly area rug pads were designed to protect high-end rugs. All felt products are made from recycled carpet fibers making them more sustainable and eco-friendly than most cushioned rug pads.

Our visco-elastic memory foam rug pad, Cloud Comfort, provides plush cushioned support while being eco-friendly. Cloud Comfort lends mattress-like luxury underfoot while protecting your rug and flooring.