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Area Rug Padding For The Life Of Your Oriental Rug

Custom Cut Area Rug Padding

Often, we’re asked if area rug padding for an Oriental rug is a good idea and if so, what are the benefits.

The short answer is YES!

Rug padding provides a protective layer between the rug and the floor.  Padding keeps rugs from slipping and buckling while acting as a shock absorber so foot traffic causes less wear on the face fibers.

A good rug pad will make the area rug feel thicker and more luxurious while absorbing noise.  Quality rug padding is literally worth its weight in gold as it helps your area rug “live longer.”

When purchasing area rug padding understand that not all padding is created equal.

Available at big-box retail outlets and more often than not manufactured in China, many rubber made pads are one of the most common sold solutions for securing oriental rugs to hard flooring.  Store purchased rug pads can come in either “waffle design” or thin, solid-based material.

While these pads are affordable and easy to install, these budget rug pads come with several adverse side effects that may make them more of a problem than a solution.

Anecdotal evidence abounds of these pads leaving behind a sticky, residue after only a few months of use.  Some of these pads have been known to contribute to rug bleed and others have left permanent indicators on wood, laminate and tile flooring.

Apparently most cheap “rubber” pads are manufactured with PVC or other plastics which bond to hard surfaces over time. Some of these rug pads are also treated with mysterious adhesives that only worsen the residue issue.

Depending on how much you care about your flooring, it may be best to leave these pads behind.

What To Look For In A Quality Rug Pad

For one thing, you should purchase your area rug padding from a specialty outlet such as a rug cleaning or Oriental rug sales store.  These companies are professionals and know what’s best for your area rug.

A quality rug pad will come with a long-term guarantee against deterioration and will offer superior protection and durability.  They will guarantee to hold your rugs in place and prevent bunching and slipping, they are constructed of quality materials, they will provide a superior luxury feel to your area rug and many are treated with a moth repellant and antimicrobial.

Oriental Rug Salon provides custom cut area rug padding, hand washing, and repair services for all Oriental, Persian, wool and silk area rugs.

Oriental Rug Salon is a Certified Partner with the prestigious Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and the International Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI).  In addition, we are A+ rated with the Better Business Bureau and a four-year-in-a-row-winner of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award.

For more information about custom rug padding, our cleaning or repair services, please give us a call anytime at 239-424-8171 or visit us online at www.OrientalRugSalon.com

Quality rug padding will help your cherished area rug live longer.


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