Imagine that you are coming back from a very tiring day at work. You park the car in the garage. You come into the house. For the first time you really notice the interior. There’s the lamp towards the far end of the hall, the sofas right in front of the flat screen TV and a dining table right besides the grandfather clock. You start walking towards the kitchen, hoping to find something good to eat. After all, a long day’s work at least means that you can get a treat at the end. As you are walking, you find that the rug starts to slide with your foot. You realize this to be quiet strange since you bought a rug pad for exactly this reason. The manufacturer clearly said that the pad would not let the rug slip. You pick up the pad and throw it away, trying really hard to control your anger as you mutter about the manufacturer under your breath.
This is the situation with many a customers when they have bought a rug pad. The problem, more often than not, does not lie with the rug pad, but rather with the choice of the rug pad they bought. There are many different types of rug pads in the market. And all of those have been made for different purposes.
What is a Rug Pad?
A rug pad is a layer that you place underneath your rug to prevent it from slipping. It is one of the most important items in a modern home. In fact a rug pad has become so important that it can be called a necessity. A lot of people do not realize the different kinds of uses rug pads are utilized for. Rug pads can be used for keeping homes and floors insulated and prevent scratches on the floor. Some rug pads are made of synthetic fibers while others are made of natural materials.
Which Rug Pad Should I buy?
One of the benchmarks of rug pads is that they extend the life of your rugs. And if you have an expensive rug then, to maximize your investment, you should buy a quality rug pad. The pad sticks to the floor and makes the carpet stick to the surface of the pad. This prevents slippage and makes it easier to vacuum the rug. Different kinds of rug pads are made to support different kinds of surfaces and the best ones can last you 10 years on end with proper maintenance.
Hard Floor Surface
Durahold Rug Pad is made from carpet fibers that have been mended together using U.S. needle patented technology. This technology prevents shredding, decomposition and prevents odor if damp. The carpet fibers are fused with a rubber material, which prevents the rug pad from slipping. The topside of the rug pad is in a pattern of multiple directions so that the rug can grip the top surface. All these factors make the rug pad hold firmly to a hard surface. These types of rug pads can be used on any number of hard floors. The needle technology ensures that the hard floor is not damaged. These include hardwood, tiles, vinyl, concrete and laminate wood.
Rug Pads for Carpeted Surfaces
Rug pads for carpets are made from a different material because of the grip they need to hold a surface with different dimensions. When shopping for rug pads for carpets, look for those, which are made from two polyester fabrics. These fabrics should be permanently needled together using U.S. patent technology. A differentiating factor when it comes to rug pads for carpets is that they are thinner than their hard floor counterparts. Look for ones that have a lower density because there is already a layer of carpet underneath the rug pad. Using a thicker rug pad will just raise the floor where you put the carpet, which is not appealing when walking over it. The polyester fabrics will not rot, flatten out, crumble or break apart. Both sides of the pads should be lightly coated with a clean-lift adhesive. A rug pad without a water-based adhesive will stick to the floor making replacement difficult. An adhesive coated rug pad does not stick; rather it anchors to the floor using polyester fibers. The adhesive is harmless to the carpet so you don’t have to worry about damaging your carpet. These carpet rug pads will also allow for easy cleaning of the rug. Vacuuming the rug will be easier since the carpet wont start slipping.
We see that there are distinct differences between a carpet rug pad and a hard floor rug pad. If you want to avoid being that customer who wastes money just because he bought the wrong rug pad, you need to do some basic research.