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Why You Should Consider A Rug Pad or Non-Slip Underlay

Why You Should Consider A Rug Pad or Non-Slip Underlay

Finding the perfect rug for your space can be a difficult task. At least, that is what most people think. At Rugs Galore, we often come across people searching for months for a perfect rug that blends in well with the look and style of their house, and when they find the rug they've been looking for, they like to think the task is done.

But what if we told you that's not it? Yes, you read it right. There's more to buying a rug than, simply put, just BUYING it. If you've spent time and effort purchasing an expensive high-quality modern rug, it is just as important to maintain it to ensure it lasts for a long time.  

We have talked about various rug maintenance tips in our blogs. This blog focuses on one specific rug maintenance tip that you should not overlook - consider purchasing a rug pad for your rug! Don't know what a rug pad is? Read ahead, we have got you covered with all the information you need to have before deciding.

What Is a Rug Pad?

A rug pad is a sheet of rubber material placed between your rug and the flooring to help keep the rug in place. Rug pads are generally made of rubber for wood or tiled floors and PVC, as for rugs on wall to wall carpet the rug pad is different it’s a felt like material that is placed between the floor and rug, this has a double-sided sticky substance that does not transfer on to your carpet and is safe to use on your carpet. Always mention to the salesperson what sort of surface your rug is on so they can provide you with the correct Rug pad. Not only does a rug pad keep your rugs in place, but it also helps maintain its quality by preventing wear and tear and protecting the fibre to ensure your rug lasts for a longer lifespan.

Why Should You Consider A Rug Pad?

Here are the top five benefits of having a rug pad for your floor rug:

1. A Rug Pad Prevents Your Rug from Slipping.

When you place your rug on the floor, there are chances the rug will slip away due to the constant foot traffic especially if the rug is light in weight. The rug pad could reduce the durability of your rug drastically. A good rug pad will help keep your floor rug flat in place and protect it from any harm due to excessive use or the movement of furniture.

2. Rug pads increase the lifespan of your rug.

The rug pad protects rugs from wear and tear that could occur due to the impact of walking on the rug, especially if you've placed your rug in a high traffic area like the living room or kitchen. The rug pad also acts as a buffer between the rug and the floor and can provide protection for your floor.

It may sound a little surprising, but it is true. Your floor underneath the rug needs protection too. Regardless of the type of flooring you place your rug upon, the backing of your rug can sometimes be rough and can leave scratches on the floor. In some instances, like handmade rugs there is also the risk of color transfer from the rug on to the floor. 

3. Rug Pads Provide Extra Cushioning to Your Rug.

This is very important from a safety point of view. If you have slippery floors in your house, the rug might sometimes slip around from the foot traffic. It involves the risk of someone slipping and falling while walking on the rug. Rug pads stops the rug from slipping and provide an extra layer of cushioning between the rug and the floor, allowing safer conditions for the use of the rug. It also acts as a noise buffer for the floor, reducing any noise from the footsteps.

Types of Rug Pads by Material

Depending on the type of flooring, there are several options in rug pads by their material. Here's a list of a few for your overview.

1. Natural Rubber:

Natural rubber rug pads are best for slip prevention. For hard surfaces such as timber, tile, vinyl, laminate. They do provide a lot of cushioning and noise reduction and keep the rug from moving and is perfect for these surfaces.

2. Felt Rug Pads:

Felt rug pads are great for rugs on carpet it provides reduction of wear and tear on you carpet and cushioning and soundproofing and keeps the rug in place.

The two major aspects to consider when choosing a rug pad are your rug's size and type. Rug pads are always slightly smaller in size than your rug pad and should not add too much height underneath the rug. To make it easier for you, always buy a rug pad that is one inch smaller on all sides than the size of your rug. Although rug pads come in standard sizes, they can be trimmed to match the size of your rug.

As you spend time choosing the perfect rug for your house, don't forget to invest in a rug pad that can maintain it. Not sure which rug pad would go with your rug? Don't worry. At Rugs Galore, we're happy to help you make the best decisions for your house.

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