Rug Pads that Wont Stain Your Hardwood Floors — Rug Pad USA — Blog

Rug Pads that Wont Stain Your Hardwood Floors - Rug Pad USA - Blog

Rug Pads that Wont Stain Hardwood Floors

Selecting quality materials to place beneath your rug will benefit your floors and support your area rug. If you desire a lasting protective system for your floors and not a quick-fix, it is better to spend extra money on a quality rug pad.

There are a number of high-end rug pads available on the market. The most well known pads include 100% felt, latex, natural rubber, re-bonded urethane, vinyl coated rubber, pvc rubber, or natural rubber coated vinyl. Though there are differing degrees of quality in all of the aforementioned pads, its best if you order a pad that comes with some type of warranty, or that has been tested so it wont stain your floors or give off harmful emitting materials (out-gas).  Determining the proper rug pads that wont stain hardwood floors is essential as inferior pads can eventually cause serious long term damage to your floors.


-Natural Rubber Pad

Natural rubber rug pads are perfect for all types of wood floor finishes. Use For: concrete-stone, heated, marble, all types of tile, hot a

nd humid environments, moisture-prone areas, polyurethane finishes, laminate floors, hardwood floors.  Natural rubber is harvested from rubber trees, and provide a superior non-slip grip over traditional pvc pads.  They are much better for the environment as well, as much of the materials are actually harvested, rather than remanufactured (like synthetic rug pads).

-Felt and Rubber Pads

Felt and rubber rug pads come in 1/8” thick to 3/8 thick sizes,  and offers both non-slip & cushioned protection for hardwood floors. The modest design is ideal for cushioning flat weave rugs or protecting higher end Oriental rugs.

Use For: concrete/stone, marble, polyurethane floors, untreated laminate-floors, untreated hardwood floors

-Eco-Friendly Rug Pads

As consumer trends  shift towards more environmentally friendly products, customers continue to look for eco friendly rug pad alternatives to traditional pvc p ads made overseas.  Rug Pad USA offers two rug pads that are made from natural soybean-oil and other eco-friendly fillers, that replace some of the petrochemical content in traditional rug pads.  We have tested several other eco-friendly options that were available on the market before sourcing the following two pads, Eco-Solid and Eco-Cushion.  Some of the other rug pads we  had looked at that contained plant came across the following issuesthey didnt grip well, were manufactured overseas, they didnt offer much cushioning, and formost, our concern over how safe the rug pads were on hardwood floors.  We were concerned that many of the Eco-Friendly rug pads on the market might mar or discolor our floors over time.   Eco-Solid and Eco-Cushion pads are 100% safe for all indoor floor surfaces, even glossy floor finishes more prone to staining.

Use For: stone/concrete, heated, marble, all tile types, hot and humid climates, polyurethane finishes, laminate floors, hardwood floors

-100% Recycled Felt Rug Pad

A super cushioned, 100% recycled-felt rug pad for bigger rugs over hardwood flooring.  A 100% felt  rug pad tends to be the most popular choice for larger wool rugs that are less likely to slip and slide around.  For thinner rugs, such as flat-weave rugs, a felt & rubber rug pad is ideal.

Use For: stone/concrete, heated flooring, marble, all tile types, humid, polyurethane finishes, laminate floors, hardwood floors

-Polyvinyl-Based Rug Pad

A polyvinyl-based rug pad, or PVC pad is an excellent choice DEPENDING on what type of pvc pad your using.  There are thousands of PVC pads manufactured because of their low cost nature.  Most of these are made overseas, and have not been tested to see if they are safe (non-toxic and VOC testing) or if they can be used on glossy finishes.  Sometimes, these pads will react with the polyurethane or other floor finishes and permanently damage or discolor your floors.   It is up to you when making a purchase to choose which rug pads

Use For: basement flooring, concrete/stone, marble, all tile types, untreated laminate floors, untreated hardwood floors


-Safety: Regardless of where your rug is placed, whether hardwood, concrete, or carpet, a pad keeps the rug stationary preventing slips and pulls.

-Longevity: Another great benefit of using rug pads is that they extend the life and quality of your rug by preventing the fibers from being flattened. The pad acts as a cushion between the hard-surface and the rug.

-Protection: Extremely important! Pads stop scrapes to the floor or carpet beneath, in addition to staining, marring, and dye transfer.

-Comfort: Rug pads add plushness and softness underfoot.

-Cleanliness: Rug pads permit easier vacuuming.

Rug pads are conducive to the type of flooring underneath. For example, if you place your rug over carpeting, be sure to use a rug pad made especially for carpeting. It’s the same for hardwood floorings. Don’t use a rug pad for carpet on a hardwood floor. The pad construction is different; moreover, the padding will not offer the comfort and protection your floor requires.

Rug Pads that Wont Stain Your Hardwood Floors - Rug Pad USA - Blog

If your looking for a rug pad that will not stain your wood floors, check here to see what options we have available.

Typical Hardwood Floor Damages and How It Can Be Prevented:

The most wide spread damage to hardwood floors is from water that is not cleaned-up quickly. Hardwood floors can be damaged by abrasion, and localized weight-distribution as well.

-Water Damage

Water is the most popular type of damage to hardwood floors. Aquariums and potted plants are usually the culprits. If water damage has occurred and resulted in warping, your hardwood floor will need to be replaced. You might be able to replace a specific area, though the new boards will have to match and will probably require a tongue and groove join to go with the older boards. A big section of the floor may also require lifting near the patched-area to make the new boards fit in.

Removing the water as soon as possible following extensive flooding can be helpful. Use heavy-duty fans to remove the last of the moisture from the floor and sub-floor. If water has seeped into the sub-floor, you will have to drill several small holes into the sub-floor to get all of it out. If swelling has taken place and your hardwood floor is buckling, remove some of boards to ease the pressure before the entire floor cracks.

After the area has dried, treat for mold by scouring with a light solution of water and trisodium-phosphate. If the floor cannot be replaced at this time, it can be sanded down until it is level, then refinished.

-Abrasion Damage

A hardy coat of urethane will resists the majority of abrasion damage; however, any hardwood floor can be scratched. Sometimes scratches are caused by a pet or from dragging furniture across the floor. Yet, most abrasion to hardwood floors comes from dirt or sand from outside. Abrasion damage is also caused by grit trapped beneath an area rug if they are not place on top of a rug pad.

On older floors, sand down and refinish large areas with abrasion damage. Smaller scratches can be fixed with fine-steel wool and paste wax. For modern pre-finished floors, check with the manufacturer for the products they suggests prior to attempting any scratch repair. Use area rugs with adequate under padding in heavy-traffic areas to prevent abrasions.

-Localized Weight Distribution

Furniture with heavy legs tends to press hard into hardwood floors. After a while, the floor may develop a small valley beneath the legs. This is called cupping. Hardwood floors that are older can be sanded down and refinished; however, with newer floors the damaged board might have to be replaced. This could work if you can switch a board from a concealed area like a closet floor.

Small dents can occasionally be repaired by covering them with a fine cloth and using a steam iron for a short time. The moisture re-hydrates the wood making the wood swell and removes the dent. However, this method should be used with caution.

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