By BiSM1LLah-empiritrage. Area Rugs and Pads. At Thursday, October 18th 2018, 00:31:07 AM.
rug and into the pad. Rug-pads are very absorbent, so they will soak up any spills that happen to the carpet. It is easier to clean up the spill on the rug because most of the spill is caught in the pad. And pads are easy to clean because they are machine-washable. Plus, it is cheaper to replace a stained pad that it is to have to buy a car. Another plus to the pad's absorbency is that it also will protect the floor from getting stained by a spill.
When a rug is walked on, there is pressure to push through the rug and hit the floor. A quality rug pad will act as a barrier between the carpet and the floor to prevent any scratching from the back of the rug to the floor. Therefore, the carpet pad should be solid as opposed to one with holes in it. The more solid and dense the pad, the better the protection to the hardwood floor.
When buying a pad you will want to understand what area of the house it will be going in. A rug that will be in a high traffic area like a hallway or entry should use a thin, non slip pad. These pads typically are made of a rubber-like material and have a weave look to them. These grip hard surface floors very well, keeping your rug in place. You want a thin pad to prevent too much of a height difference to avoid any trip hazards and create a natural flow when walking. If you are putting it under a rug in a living room that will be creating more cushion and sound absorption, then you will want to use a thicker pad, possibly one made from a felt material. You can even find pads that are meant for use with outdoor area rugs which usually come mildew resistant. If you are using a rug to carpet application you will want to buy a pad that is made specifically for that.