When selecting a rug the placement area and care of your rug are just as important as color and style. You don’t want to select a rug for a high traffic area that can’t handle the wear and tear; you also need to take good care of your decorative area rugs so you can enjoy your area rugs for years to come. We wanted to share this article on how to Care for Your Area Rug 101 Rug Padding
How to Care for Your Area Rug 101 Rug Padding
Decorative area rugs should always be accompanied with a pad placed between the area rug and the bare floor or wall-to-wall carpet. Other than prolonging the life of your area rug; there are several reasons for using padding under area rugs; to keep it in place, to give support, stability, to keep away insects, and to act as a moisture barrier between the floor and the rug. Best type of padding for rugs on hardwood floors are the ones with a solid rubber base, and at least 1/8 inch think. If the pad is too thin it will not keep the rug in its position.
Rugs should be placed over hard surface floors, such as wood, marble or ceramic tile. However a rug place directly on top of a hard surface will wear more quickly, a good pad will be shock absorbent. But, avoid placing a rug over wall to wall carpet, or using a soft spongy pad under a handmade rug, it compromises the foundation of the rug and will cause damage. A pad will also keep your rug in its place and avoid creeping, pulling, and stretching. Unfortunately rug pads cannot be cleaned so a pet’s urine will destroy it. If you have pets buy a less expensive pad and replace it often. A rug pad will also help to protect the area rug from heavy furniture. It is crucial to purchase quality rug padding to keep the rug from moving around.
Do you have the proper rug pad under your rug?
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by Stacy Koch