You protect your carpets and floors by using a pad underneath your carpet so why would you not use one with an area rug? Rugs get quite a bit of traffic and when you use a pad, you will not just be protecting the floor under the rug, you will also be increasing the life expectancy for your rug.
Keep it Still
Rugs are known for shifting out of where you put them and even for sliding on un-carpeted floors. This can be dangerous. Using a rug pad means that there will be a surface that is non – slip between the floor and the carpet so that the rug will stay in place.
Keep it Looking Great
When you put a rug down flat on a hard surface, the foot traffic that it will see can bend the corners and even roll the edges. When you have a rug pad under it, the rug will not get underfoot or slide easily. Once the edges get rolled, it is hard to get them straight again and this can actually destroy the rug in time. Preserve the look and life of your rug with a rug pad.
Ergonomics at Work
We all know that surfaces that are soft are better for our feet than surfaces that are hard. If you spend your day walking on surfaces that are unpadded, it can take its toll on your feet as well as on your back and knees. When we are outside, we use our shoes to take the impact of hitting the ground with each step. Inside though, we go shoe-less a lot and without carpet on the floor, this can lead to your back and your feet getting tired and even hurting.
It Isn’t Forever
Rug pads are non – slip without using any type of adhesive. Now, it is true that you can get double sided tape or carpet tape to make sure that the corners of your rugs don’t bunch or roll, but this is something that uses an adhesive that can collect dirt and even leave a nasty residue on your hard floors. When you want to move the rug, you will have to peel the tape off and then scrub the marks that it will leave behind. With a rug pad, you will be able to easily lift up the rug as well as the pad and put them in different places whenever you feel like it with ease.
Using rugs can have many issues, but with a rug pad, those issues become moot. They protect your floors as well as your rug and even your feet.