So, you’ve probably never given much thought to what’s lying under your freshly cleaned area rug, have you? The truth is, even the most expensive and intricate area rug needs support. This is where rug pads come in handy. Rug pads are underlays that provide protection against wear and slippage, as well as extend the life of the rug—with the added bonus of providing a soft cushioned feel to your feet. But how do you know if your rug even needs a pad? Easy—they all do! Typically, when you purchase an area rug, rug pads are not included. But if you have ever had professionally cleaned rugs, chances are purchasing a rug pad was recommended. Still not convinced that you need one? Let’s explore the importance of using rug pads. Why Are Rug Pads Important? Choosing proper rug pads is crucial in the longevity of your area rugs. They offer many more benefits than keeping the rug in place. The proper rug pad reduces stress on feet and legs, makes vacuuming easier by keeping your rug flat, and protects the floor underneath the rug. The use of rug pads is critical for all area rugs, especially handmade rugs. They provide: Safety by providing non-slip protection on hard surface floors, such as wood, tile and linoleum. Longevity by protecting rug fibers from being crushed and reducing the impact of feet and heavy furniture. Protection by preventing dye transfer, marring, staining, and scratching to the floor or carpeting beneath. How to Choose the Right Rug Pad There are many brands of rug pads and they are made of a variety of materials. It is always important to choose rug pads specific to the type of flooring underneath. Dense, non-woven rug pads that are needle-punched and made of 100% synthetic fiber are best. These types of pads are allergy-friendly as they resists mildew and rot. We like this one! Surprising Facts About Using Softer Rug Pads The more cushion you have, the more strain you will cause to your rugs. According to some mechanical wear tests, solid rug pads will substantially lengthen the life of your area rugs. Soft area rug pads such as foam permit too much flexing of your area rugs, destroying the rug foundation and backing, causing seams to rip open on area rugs custom made from wall-to-wall carpeting. Soft rug pads accelerate damage from furniture legs and foot traffic. How Woodard Can Help Whether your rugs needs a new edge, resizing, or reweaving, Woodard can help! But did you know that we also sell rug pads? We carry the finest rug pads around! Stop by our Rug Plant at 9308 Manchester Road and ask about a new pad for your rug.