Can the Wrong Rug Pads Can Damage Your Floor?
Yes, some kinds of rug pads can damage your floor. Sound a little odd? It should — one of the main reasons to buy a rug pad is to protect the floor, so what exactly is the problem here?
Essentially, it all comes down to the type of rug pad you use. Opting for a cheap imported plastic pad can damage your floor. Read on to find out why, how, and what you should buy instead.
Which Rug Pads Can Damage Your Floor?
It’s almost always imported plastic rug pads that damage flooring. Unlike the kind you’ll pick up from a more credible provider, those cheaper rug pads will be coated with adhesives and are often made using inferior materials.
What you need to do is keep a lookout for rug pads that are made from either natural rubber, natural rubber and felt, or felt. When you look for rubber, make sure it’s 100% natural — that’s the low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), non-adhesive-based material you need to grip your floors without causing any damage.
How Can Cheaper Rug Pads Damage Your Floor?
Perhaps you’re thinking that proper care and maintenance can prevent cheaper rug pads from causing any damage — we’re sorry, but you’re wrong.
The main problem is that most imported plastic pads will have been coated with adhesives to enhance their grip. Unfortunately, those adhesives contain toxic chemicals that can stain your floors and fill your home with toxins. This is due to the reaction between those chemicals and the ones in your floor finishes, and it’s damage we’ve seen time and time again in homes around Naperville, Wheaton, and Lisle.
Another problem is that adhesive coatings will often end up sticking to your floors rather than gripping them. You may also find that clay fillers have been used instead of natural rubber. That reduces the cost of each pad, but it causes powder to be shed over time, damaging your floors and rendering the pad ineffective.