Recently, I had the opportunity to try out a couple of rug pads from RugPadUSA.com. They are a high end rug pad retailer based outside of the Greater New York area, specializing in manufacturing of high end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made in the USA.
Rug pads are not a glamorous topic, but they are a pretty important topic if you own rugs. Why? Well, rug pads keep the rug from sliding while protecting your flooring and the rug.
When I was new to all of this, I went to Home Depot and asked for a rug pad to keep my rug from sliding around on my wood floors. And what I got was similar to the stuff you line a drawer with.
It looked like this. Have you seen these pads?
Though it did not cushion my rug, it did keep the rug from sliding around. The big negative? After years of being on the floor, it left permanent marks on the hard wood in the pattern of the rubber. Yep, it left marks that I could not get off. So I had to put another rug down.
The marks were similar to this photo shown on Houzz.com. In their article, they say, “Vinyls include a large group of plastics, including PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Many lower-cost rug pads, most coming from overseas, are made of PVC. Because PVC is made from petroleum-based chemicals and isn’t a breathable material, it’s unable to absorb or release moisture. It “sweats” against the flooring material and can damage the finish, as in the image shown here.”
Be sure to use the right rug for your floors! I think it’s best to avoid vinyl and PVC rug pads altogether.
So when I was approached by RugPadUSA.com and asked if I would be willing to try their rug pads, I jumped at the chance. They offer an eco friendly alternative to all the cheap and toxic pvc rug pads traditionally available in big box stores.
Here are some examples of their pads.
The fact that they try to avoid strong chemicals was also appealing to me as I have chemical sensitivities and therefore try to avoid scents, odors and strong chemicals.
I chose the Eco Plush Felt Pad that is half an inch thick.
Eco Plush Felt Rug Pad can be found here.
These felts pads are recycled unused carpet fibers with NO odor. The no odor part was very important to me. And as they said, there was actually no odor when I received them! I was impressed.
I chose one in 9×12 for our family room and one in 6.5×6.5 for our breakfast room. Above (and below) is a photo of the pad under our family room rug which is a shag.
Here it is under the breakfast room rug.
Here is another photo so that you can see the thickness better.
The pads are well made. The one in the family room sad in the room by itself with no rug on top for a month before we got our rug. Yet with all of the foot traffic, it did fine.
They do add some cushion to the rugs as I had hoped, but not as much as I had hoped. I got the thickest option available. I think if there was an option to do 3/4 or 1 inch thick it would have made the difference I was hoping for in cushioning. However, if you do get a thicker pad, definitely take into consideration that it will lift the rug off of the floor and so should probably not go all of the way to the edge of the rug or it will be visible.
There is no sliding of the rugs at all. If you are concerned about sliding due to the rug not having anything sitting on it or it just being prone to sliding, you might want to go with a rubberized bottom to the pad.
I am very pleased with these rug pads. They are protecting my floors well with no issues of roughness to scratch, plastic to melt and stick, or anything to leave marks. And on top of that, they add some cushion.
I love that they are eco alternatives to traditional pads and that they had no odors.
I very much recommend this company. They were very easy to work with, helpful, and knowledgeable. Note that there is a similar website out there with an “s” at the end of the word pad, so make sure you get to the right one – www.rugpadusa.com.