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Rug Pads for Hardwood Floors
Our pads are specifically designed to avoid common problems such as floor staining and stripping on wood floors. Our area rug pads are made right here in the USA, each come standard with free shipping and a 20 year warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which rug pads are not safe for hardwood floors?
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.
Which rug pads are best for hardwood floors?
We manufacture all of our padding with hardwood floors in mind. Thus, all of our pads work well with hardwood floors. Choosing the best rug pad for hardwood floors will depend on how much cushioning you prefer and how much grip you need. Typically we recommend the following:
Smaller rugs, scatter rugs, and runner rugs - A pure grip rug pad (lower profile, higher grip) is recommended, given that these rugs are typically in higher traffic areas (hallways and entryways) and are more difficult to anchor down. Dual purpose pads will also work with rugs wider than 2ft, but be wary that padding thicker than ¼’’ may raise rugs too high off the ground, causing people to trip.
For the middle group (rug sizes 4’x6’ to 6’x9’) - You should choose between a dual purpose or pure grip pad. If cushioning is important to you, then you should opt for a dual purpose pad. If you don’t want cushion or if rug thickness is an issue, then I would opt for a pure grip pad. Pure cushion rug pads won’t offer enough grip at this size and should only be used if rugs plan on being anchored down with furniture.
Larger rugs (8’ x 10’ and larger) - Any one of our pads will work with rugs at this size on hardwood. With larger rugs, you will need to decide if your rug needs cushion, grip, or both. Large rugs that are anchored down or tend to lay flat on their own may only require a pure cushion pad. Larger rugs that may buckle & wrinkle. Predominantly thinner rugs such as flatweaves and Orientals will benefit from having a non slip rug pad (A dual purpose felt & rubber pad is our #1 recommendation for these types of rugs to add support and cushioned underfoot).
Which rug pads are environmentally friendly?
We have some of the most environmentally friendly rug pads that exist on the market. All of our rug pads are manufactured in the USA, which gives us full control over the materials we use in our pads. We don’t import any PVC padding from overseas that often contain high amounts of chemicals & VOC’s. Our rug pads also do not contain any glue or adhesives that can hurt floors. Here’s why we offer the most environmentally friendly rug pads on the market:
Our Cloud Comfort and SpillTech foam rug pads are GreenGuard certified meaning they are completely free of formaldehyde, PBDE’s, triclosan and other damaging chemicals. Cloud Comfort is also manufactured using 100% soybean oils rather than petro based oils. Both contribute to LEED credits.
Our Anchor Grip pads are made with 100% natural soybean oils, while others use petroleum oils.
Both our Contour Lock and Superior Lock rug pads use LEED certified felt combined with a true natural rubber backing.
Our Eco Plush pad is GREEN PLUS certified, LEED Certified, and MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle Certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
Our Super Lock Natural and Nature’s Grip rug pads are produced with natural rubber which is derived from real rubber tree’s in Southeast Asia. Nature's Grip also uses a 100% plant jute base rather than poly or plastic.
My last rug pad got stuck to my floor - will your pads stick or stain wood floors?
No, our rug pads are safe for all hardwood floors and finishes as long as floor manufacturers instructions are followed and proper curing times are met. There are a few types of pads that may hurt floors. Some imported PVC pads can include off-gassing chemicals and they may actually react with the chemicals in your floor finish. An example of this is the use of Phthalates, a family of chemicals used to soften many PVC rug pads. They can cause floors to discolor. Another issue stems from when manufacturers use too many clay fillers in their latex blends which causes latex to break down or dry out prematurely. Our natural rubber pads are reinforced with an additional rubber coating and cured in a way to avoid premature deterioration, flaking, or fraying. Rug pads manufactured with high quality materials shouldn’t harm or damage standard wood flooring.
Thick vs. thin rug pad - which is better on hardwood?
Thicker rug pads provide more comfort. So, the thicker the rug pad, the more comfortable your rugs will be. Thinner rug pads offer high levels of grip and keep rugs lying flush with floors. With runner, hallway, or small area rugs in high traffic areas, I wouldn't use rug pads thicker than ¼’’ because they will raise the rug too high off the floor.
Can your rug pads be cleaned?
Yes all our rug pads can be cleaned. All rug and carpet pads should be hand washed. They will not bleed color if you get your rugs steam cleaned. For Felt & Rubber rug pads, you can wipe down the rubber backing and vacuum the felt surface. Dirt is the #1 cause of rug degradation so keep those rugs clean! We do not recommend you put any rubber or felt products in the washer or dryer.
Do you custom cut your rug pads?
Yes, we professionally custom cut our rug pads to fit any rug dimension. All of our rug pads are cut directly from the roll by a trained staff member.
Before adding a product to your cart, all you need to do is enter your rug's size and shape. We will take between 1-1.5’’ off all sides, depending on how thick the pad is. All of this will be detailed for you after you fill out the product form. If you have a more complex request, you’re free to offer alternative cutting instructions ("special instructions") as well.