Most of the rug pads on the market are made with low quality plastics that contain toxic chemicals that can react with your wood floor finishes. These pads are made designed “stick” to your floors in order to keep your rugs in place. However, over long periods of time, the plasticizers used in these types of pads can react with the finishes on your floors – which can adhere to or permanently stain your floors. Most of these imported PVC pads usually don’t have a warranty and contain some type of disclaimer of some sort, removing the manufacturer of any floor damage liability. They often provide a short term solution a that may have long term consequences.
This is a major concern and one of our most often asked questions, as the last thing you want to do as a homeowner is refinish or replace your hardwood floors due to rug pad damage.
Which rug pads are best for hardwood floors?
We manufacture all of our padding with hardwood floors in mind. Thus, all of our pads work well with hardwood floors. Choosing the best rug pad for hardwood floors will depend on how much cushioning you prefer and how much grip you need. Typically we recommend the following:
Smaller rugs, scatter rugs, and runner rugs - A pure grip rug pad (lower profile, higher grip) is recommended, given that these rugs are typically in higher traffic areas (hallways and entryways) and are more difficult to anchor down. Dual purpose pads will also work with rugs wider than 2ft, but be wary that padding thicker than ¼’’ may raise rugs too high off the ground, causing people to trip.
For the middle group (rug sizes 4’x6’ to 6’x9’) - You should choose between a dual purpose or pure grip pad. If cushioning is important to you, then you should opt for a dual purpose pad. If you don’t want cushion or if rug thickness is an issue, then I would opt for a pure grip pad. Pure cushion rug pads won’t offer enough grip at this size and should only be used if rugs plan on being anchored down with furniture.
Larger rugs (8’ x 10’ and larger) - Any one of our pads will work with rugs at this size on hardwood. With larger rugs, you will need to decide if your rug needs cushion, grip, or both. Large rugs that are anchored down or tend to lay flat on their own may only require a pure cushion pad. Larger rugs that may buckle & wrinkle. Predominantly thinner rugs such as flatweaves and Orientals will benefit from having a non slip rug pad (A dual purpose felt & rubber pad is our #1 recommendation for these types of rugs to add support and cushioned underfoot).
Which rug pads are environmentally friendly?
We have some of the most environmentally friendly rug pads that exist on the market. All of our rug pads are manufactured in the USA, which gives us full control over the materials we use in our pads. We don’t import any PVC padding from overseas that often contain high amounts of chemicals & VOC’s. Our rug pads also do not contain any glue or adhesives that can hurt floors. Here’s why we offer the most environmentally friendly rug pads on the market:
Our Cloud Comfort and SpillTech foam rug pads are GreenGuard certified meaning they are completely free of formaldehyde, PBDE’s, triclosan and other damaging chemicals. Cloud Comfort is also manufactured using 100% soybean oils rather than petro based oils. Both contribute to LEED credits.
Our Anchor Grip pads are made with 100% natural soybean oils, while others use petroleum oils.
Both our Contour Lock and Superior Lock rug pads use LEED certified felt combined with a true natural rubber backing.
Our Eco Plush pad is GREEN PLUS certified, LEED Certified, and MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle Certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
Our Super Lock Natural and Nature’s Grip rug pads are produced with natural rubber which is derived from real rubber tree’s in Southeast Asia. Nature's Grip also uses a 100% plant jute base rather than poly or plastic.