Do you need to use a rug pad?

Do you need to use a rug pad?

Do you really need to use a rug pad? Yes.

You’ve heard the horror stories. You’ve seen the pictures. Cheap plastic rug pads seeping chemicals into gorgeous hardwood floors and causing countless dollars of damage. Non-slip rug pads sticking to the floor boards, leaving visible marks and discoloration behind. PVC backed plastic rug pads, emitting VOCs that ruin the indoor air quality and can cause numerous breathing issues.

So with all these negatives, why should you use a rug pad? Simple.

Its simple... not all rug pads are created equal.

A great rug pad should be durable and long lasting. It should be made of sustainable materials that are safe to use in your home. And most importantly, it should always protect rugs and floors, not damage them.


1. Floor Protection

High quality natural rug pads act as a buffer between rugs and floors, increasing your floor’s lifespan. A rug pad will prevent dirt and other debris from getting trapped underneath rugs and ground into the floor from foot traffic. They also stop dents from heavy furniture legs.

Some rugs can have excess dye from the weaving process that can be released by pressure from footsteps or changes in temperature. A rug pad acts like a guard, catching the dye and preventing it from seeping into your floor.

2. Non-Slip Grip

Have you ever tried to walk quickly across a room on a rug with a full cup of coffee, only to accidentally misstep and slip? You are not alone.

A non-slip rug pad anchors your rug firmly to the floor and stops it from moving. The two coats of natural rubber make it incredibly steady and the grooves in the rubber back gently hold the rug in place. It grips the floor and the rug, making coffee trips safer for everyone involved. 

3. Facilitate Airflow

Rug pads give floors room to breathe and allow air to freely circulate under your rug. Without sufficient air circulation, mold, mildew, and other harmful bacteria can breed. If left unchecked, mold and bacteria underneath an area rug can damage the floor’s finish causing discoloration and, in some severe cases, rotting.

4. Cushion and Soundproofing

Thick rug pads placed under area rugs add extra cushioning and make your rugs feel more luxurious to walk, sit, or play on. This dense cushioned layer also acts as a sound barrier, great for multistory homes or apartments, and improves indoor acoustics. That means watching Netflix on the big screen in the middle of the night won’t disturb other sleepers and the sound you hear will be even crisper.

5. Rug Longevity

Hard surfacing flooring like hardwood and tile can take a toll on rugs. Rugs are made of tiny fibers and over time, as we walk on them, the fibers get compressed. This causes the rug to lose color and luster, and makes it look older. A rug pad slows down this process. Using a rug pad adds support and takes weight and stress off the rug so they will look their best for longer.