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Felt and Rubber Rug Pads
Finding the Best Natural Rubber and Felt Rug Pad
The combination of felt and rubber makes for some of the most comfortable and highest performing rug pads.
Why? A cushioned felt surface layer lends long-lasting cushioning underneath your rug, while a reinforced natural rubber backing offers exceptional gripping power that anchors it firmly to your floor. Whether you have an area rug that likes to move or a hallway runner that needs some extra padding, we can help you find the right rug pad that will keep your rugs, floors, and feet happy.
Why Combine Felt and Natural Rubber?
When you have a felt pad, you get a quality rug pad that grips your rug, provides plenty of padding and protects your hard surface floor. The downfall? A felt rug pad won't grip your hard floor.
On the other hand, a rubber rug pad like our all-natural rubber pads is a fantastic non slip rug pad and is safe for wood floor and other hard surface floors. But a natural rubber rug pad is a thinner rug pad that won't provide as much comfort or padding.
Now combine both these materials and you've got a pad that ticks all the boxes. Unlike some cheaper rug pads that use adhesive to stick the materials together or use synthetic rubber instead of natural rubber, we gently heat press our recycled felt to the natural rubber. This means you get a fully eco-friendly rug pad with low VOC emissions.
When to Use a Natural Rubber and Felt Rug Pad
We can't lie: Using a natural rubber and felt pad is often a pretty solid choice, but there are situations that are really ideal for them and other times when another choice might be better.
Smaller rugs are more prone to slipping and moving around, so the rubber grip is essential. In some cases, like if you want a very low-profile pad, you might want to go with just a rubber rug pad, but many times getting that combo of felt and natural rubber will be ideal.
This way, you'll benefit from a non slip pad, while still enjoying the luxury of a thick rug pad if you want it. Even if you do want a thin rug pad, something like our RugPro might be ideal for you because it has natural rubber to grip the flooring, while the felt holds onto the rug fibers to keep the rug on the pad.
A Small Area Rug
With a larger area rug, you likely won't need too much gripping power in your area rug pad because the weight of the rug and any furniture on the rug will anchor it. (In this case, you might want to check out some of our extra luxurious memory foam pads or our 100% felt rug pads.)
With a small area rug though, you may still want a non slip rug pad because they can sometimes still move around especially on slippery floors like hardwood flooring or tile.
Thin, lighter rugs are prime suspects for unauthorized sliding around or getting eaten by a vacuum cleaner. With a grippy mat like a natural rubber and felt rug pad anchoring it, you can protect your rug and make it feel like a million bucks.
Customer Questions & Answers
Do I need a non-slip pad or a cushion pad?
Non-slip pads are best for high-traffic areas such as foyers and hallways, where thin rugs and runners are prone to slipping and sliding. Our cushion pads add a plush layer for large rugs already anchored by furniture, such as living and dining rooms. Should you decide you need a degree of both grip and cushioning, opt for a felt and rubber pad.
What rug pad is best for sisal rugs on hardwood floors, in front of doors?
We would suggest RugPro. It's a felt and rubber pad that's only 1/16th of an inch thick.
Are your felt + rubber pads safe to use on hardwood floors?
Yes. Our Felt + Rubber rug pads are tested and approved for use on all types of hardwood floors. Just make sure you follow flooring manufacturer's instructions and don’t use any rug pads for approximately 2-4 weeks after refinishing your floors.
Do your rug pads produce any odors?
Our rug pads will not mold or mildew and are completely odor-free. We always make sure all of our rug pads have been properly aired and cured before shipping.
Are your felt + rubber rug pads eco-friendly?
Yes. Felt and rubber rug pads are eco-friendly. Our felt is sourced from the top carpet manufacturers and has low VOC emissions. During our manufacturing process the felt is then gently heat pressed to Natural Rubber rather than using traditional glues or adhesives.
What materials are used in your “felt”?
Our felt is comprised of leftover yarn, wool, and miscellaneous carpet fibers.
What floor types can felt + rubber be used on?
Felt and rubber rug pads are safe for all standard floors and finishes, with the rare exception of some newer vinyl finished floors who recommend using a vinyl pad (Comfort Grip or Anchor Grip). Natural rubber is one of the safest materials you can use on your floors and we have never had any issues with floor staining or stripping.
What is the difference between your felt + rubber rug pads?
Both of our Felt + Rubber rug pads are Dual Purpose pads, designed to offer high levels of both cushioning and grip. Superior Lock is thicker than Contour Lock, thus offering more cushion if your looking to maximize comfort. Superior Lock also has a textured reinforced backing that offers slightly more grip than Contour Lock. Therefore, go with Contour Lock if you for a more flush look with moderate cushioning and Superior Lock if your looking to really maximize cushion.
I have read that your felt and natural rubber pads are safe for all standard floors and finishes. We've just had laminate flooring installed and wonder if they'll be suitable or if we need to look into vinyl pads.
For laminate floors definitely check with the flooring manufacturer about what is safe to use. But I would stick to felt or our Anchor Grip pad which is a vinyl blend made from plant-based oils and soybean.
I have a very valuable Persian rug and want to give it the best protection possible. Will your felt and rubber pads provide that?
Yes they will. As well as alleviating everyday wear and tear your rug is subject to, they will help to preserve its life, ensuring it is in great condition for longer.
My rug slides off the rug pad I have. Why would that be? I have hardwood floors and need a pad that will keep the rug in place.
I suggest you look at our Contour Lock and Superior Lock felt and natural rubber pads. Either of these dual purpose pads will adhere to your rug, so you won't need to worry about it slipping off.
I have a 100% wool carpet that's about 1/2" thick and I want to put it down on my shiny wood floors. I am after a latex-free pad and was looking at your Contour Lock and Superior Lock pads. Which do you recommend for my needs?
In all honesty, either will suit you perfectly. It just depends on how much cushion you desire. If it's a lot, then select Superior Lock. Also, get in touch with your flooring company to make sure that "natural" rubber is fine for your floor.
I need a pad for a 6' diameter natural fiber circular rug that will go under my piano on a laminate floor. Can you help me?
I suggest the Superior Lock felt and natural rubber pad with its cushioning, grip and long-term protection. We have other options as well for your laminate. Just shop by floor type on our website and click on the laminate section. Now, regarding the shape of your pad, just select round shape from the dropdown menu when ordering.
Which rug pad is best under a rug where a rolling office chair with ball brass feet is used?
To keep the rug still and to protect it over the long term, I recommend our Contour Lock or Superior Lock rug pads. Both are made of felt and natural rubber and offer exceptional non-slip traction.
I have thin silk rugs that need padding, but I can't decide which kind of felt rug would be best.
Let me make a suggestion. Have a look at our Superior Lock pad, which comes in three different thicknesses. It is made of recycled felt and natural rubber, and among its features are plush cushioning and padding, and a firm grip to stop rugs from moving.
I'm looking for a rug pad for the hardwood floor of my high-traffic living room. We have kids!
I would suggest the Superior Lock felt and natural rubber pad at 1/3" thick. It will give your rug some extra cushioning without creating a tripping hazard and you will get a strong and secure grip.
Is the RugPro backing also made of 100% natural rubber? Is it safe for an engineered hardwood floor that has polyurethane finishing. I don't want the pad to stain the hardwood.
Yes, the backing is also made of 100% natural rubber. RugPro is safe for all floors and finishes as long as you follow your flooring manufacturer's instructions. But do check with them to ensure natural rubber is safe for your particular floor and finish.
I've got a sofa and two chairs on a 10' x 94" wool rug on hardwood floors. Which of your rug pads will be best, RugPro or Eco Plush?
You could go with RugPro or even Contour Lock. I just wouldn't purchase Eco Plush if I was you because it's not a non-slip pad. Even with furniture on your rug, it will probably move. RugPro and Contour Lock are low-profile felt and natural rubber pads with excellent non-slip traction.
I am looking for a pad for a 5' x 8' rug in my daughter's room, which has a hardwood floor. Is that too small a size for your Eco Plush rug pad? I am hoping for something that is comfy.
Yes, that size is considered too small for the Eco Plush pad. I recommend a felt and rubber pad such as the Superior Lock at either 1/4" or 7/16" thickness. In addition to the firm anchoring, it has a generous layer of cushioned support that is very comfortable.
I am looking for a slip guard with some cushioning for a 5' x 8' thin area rug in the middle of my family room. It receives a lot of traffic so I don't want the pad to be too bulky and create a trip hazard.
I suggest the Contour Lock pad, which is just 1/8" thick. Or, if you want to add a little more comfort the Superior Lock 1/4". This is a recycled felt and natural rubber non-slip pad that acts like Velcro and will stick to your rug, holding it firmly in place on your floor. So, no more slipping and sliding, bunching and creeping.
I have 3'x 5' and 2'7" x 4'11" sisal rugs in front of doors on hardwood floors. What pad is best for them?
I suggest RugPro which is a felt and natural rubber pad that is only 1/16" thick. This low-profile pad is our strongest gripping non-slip rug pad that puts an end to rug movements especially in high-traffic areas. The felt upper layer will grab hold of your rug to prevent wrinkling and bunching while the natural layer will hold fast to the floor. This powerful pad will give you exceptional rug stability.
Can I check a couple of things about your Contour Lock and Superior Lock felt and rubber pads? Is the bottom part made of natural rubber? And is this the part that sits on the floor?
Yes to both questions. The bottom part of Contour Lock and Superior Lock rug pads is made of natural rubber, and this is the part that sits on the floor, gripping it tightly to prevent rug movement.
What is the best pad for a 9' x 12' rug on a hardwood floor?
Contour Lock or Superior Lock would be perfect for your rug. These are dual purpose felt and natural rubber pads that provide grip and cushioning. The only difference between them is that Contour Lock is 1/8" thick while Superior Lock comes in three different thicknesses.
Is the Superior Lock non-slip rug pad good for wood floors?
Yes, this felt and natural rubber pad is excellent on wood floors. It has an extra firm grip that keeps rugs still and it provides very comfortable cushioning.
I am thinking about the Superior Lock pad for an 8' x 10' wool rug that will receive a lot of traffic. It will be in the living room and I am concerned about tripping. Also, will the rubber backing and felt give a soft and supportive feeling?
If you are concerned about tripping I suggest the 1/4" thick Superior Lock pad. If that seems too thick for you take a look at our Contour Lock pad which is also felt and rubber but only 1/8" thick. Both provide gripping and comfort but remember the thicker the pad the plusher the feel.
What is the best pad for a rug placed under a dining room table on a hardwood floor? We don't want the rug pad to be too thick.
I would suggest the Contour Lock felt and natural rubber pad. This is a low-profile pad that is only 1/8" thick.
I have a 64" x 37.5" rug that sits on a hardwood floor. I am looking for a pad that will stop the rug from slipping, and that will not harm the wood. What do you suggest?
I recommend the Contour Lock pad. It is made of recycled felt and natural rubber and is 1/8" thick. This pad has a powerful grip that prevents slipping and other types of rug movements and it is completely safe for your hardwood floor.
What pad do you suggest for an 8' x 10' wool and viscose rug over a tile floor that has grout? The rug is about 5/8" thick.
I'm going to suggest the Contour Lock felt and natural rubber pad. This is a low profile pad that is 1/8" thick.
What rug pads do you recommend for underfloor heating?
I recommend any of our felt and natural rubber pads such as Contour Lock or Superior Lock. They are sturdy enough to withstand changing temperatures without degrading or damaging floors.
What is the best pad for two expensive Turkish carpets that need to breathe? One is approximately 5' x 7' and the other is about 8' x 10'. Both sit on laminate flooring.
I'm going to suggest the Superior Lock 1/4" thickness for both rugs. This non-slip felt and natural rubber pads is 100% breathable.
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