What is a Rug Pad
If your room looks a little sparse, the best way to improve the situation is to find a beautiful carpet! But, we all know that high-quality carpets are not cheap, so preserving their original look is always acute. Therefore, rug pads were designed to protect floors and carpets from extra wear. They can also keep carpets in place, making your movements safe. Furthermore, thick rug pads can also serve as heat-savers because they retard the cooling during chilly seasons. Besides, pads perfectly fit any interior as they are absolutely invisible.
What Features to Compare
Before choosing a rug pad you should define what type of floor they are Best For. Rug pads for hardwood, concrete, stone and tile floors must have a non-skid reverse side in order to provide a good grip. Such paddings protect the floor from scratches, carpets from wear and tear and homeowners from slipping and falling. As for soft flooring like linoleum or vinyl laminate, they have good thermal insulation, greater durability, thus, rug pads are optional for them. There are also pads for all types of floors which are mainly intended to preserve the beautiful look of the rug. Such pads may have a non-skid surface or not.
Further, it is very important to choose the right Size. The rug pad should be slightly smaller than the carpet in order not to peep out. The way to choose the appropriate rug size is very simple. You just need to select the model about 2 inches smaller than your carpet (on all sides). Regarding the thickness, it should also match up with the carpet density. To be specific, the thickness may vary from ⅛ inch to ⅜ inch. For example, if your carpet has a thickness of ½ inch, a too thick rug pad will be visible.
Next, what you should pay attention to is the Material and Color of the rug. The material is a very important factor as it affects the reliability and environmental friendliness. There are basically three main types of rug pads: non-skid rubber padding, felt padding, and felt&rubber padding. The best quality rugs are considered to be of natural felt and rubber. They are great shock absorbers and keep rugs from sliding around. Felt is a tight soft material of milled wool that has a great heat/sound insulation and a low weight. Moreover, it is eco-friendly and durable. As for artificial materials, the polyester non-skid rugs take the leading position on the market. They can keep small rugs from sliding around but they do not act as shock-absorbers. And, finally, mid-priced felt pads do act as shock-absorbers but do not prevent rugs from sliding.
As a rule, all pads are neutral-colored because they do not have to be splashy. The best choice will be shades of gray or muted green.