Is it Necessary to Have a Rug Pad for Area Rugs?

People might wonder whether or not a rug pad is necessary for an area rug.  The answer is yes.  There are several reasons for this.

  • Having a rug pad under your area rug makes vacuuming easier. Dirt is the major cause of the degradation of rugs.  Having a rug pad in place will keep the rig from shifting and therefor allow you to pick up more of the dirt than what you would be able to without a rug pad.  This will aide in prolonging the life of your rug.
  • Why would you need a rug pad when you have larger rugs?   With a larger area rugs using a rug pad is helpful for keeping the corners of the rug down and also to make sure that they do not buckle.  People might be of the mind that rug pads are not necessary for larger area rugs because they are less likely to slip.  They may be less likely to slip than smaller ones but they are more prone to wrinkle or buckle at the corners.
  • A rug pad will also give your floor protection. A good quality one will keep the dye from transferring from the rug to the floor.  In some instances, dyes in some rugs can bleed into the floor or even react with the coating that is on your hardwood floor.  Although this is a rare occurrence, it can happen…though it is even rarer when you use a rug that is made from natural fibers…such as a jute rug.
  • Using a rug pad that is thicker will give your rug more support. This will relieve the stress of traffic through the years.  A rug pad that is cushioned will help to prolong the life of your area rugs as well as protecting the floor underneath.

Custom rug pad

There are some instances though when the use of a rug pad is entirely left to the preferences of the customer.  There are some cases when a rug pad might not be necessary because the rug will be able to lay flat while not wrinkling, buckling or slipping, etc.  To check and see if your area rug needs a rug pad, all you have to do is to lay your rug out flat on your floors and see if the rug will slide or shift.  The area rug should be around 7 to 10 feet or larger and thicker than smaller rugs.  Thinner rugs that have a flat weave always need rugs pads since they tend to wrinkle and buckle.

Regardless of the size of your area rug, when you do not use a rug pad, you are leaving your floors unprotected, which means that over time they can be damaged or discolored.

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