Most of the rug pads on the market are made with low quality plastics that contain toxic chemicals that can react with your wood floor finishes. These pads are made designed “stick” to your floors in order to keep your rugs in place. However, over long periods of time, the plasticizers used in these types of pads can react with the finishes on your floors – which can adhere to or permanently stain your floors. Most of these imported PVC pads usually don’t have a warranty and contain some type of disclaimer of some sort, removing the manufacturer of any floor damage liability. They often provide a short term solution a that may have long term consequences.
This is a major concern and one of our most often asked questions, as the last thing you want to do as a homeowner is refinish or replace your hardwood floors due to rug pad damage.