Pick the Right Rug Padding

Rug padDoes My Rug Need Padding?

Yes, all rugs need padding. Whether your rug is on wood floors, vinyl, or carpet, when you walk on your rug, you do not want to move the foundation of it. Installing a pad underneath your rug helps the rug not to move, and it helps preserve the quality of the knots in your rug too.

When a rug is installed without a pad, its shape will distort over time. Your rug will lose its shape, be it rectangular or round, simply from being shifted and moved frequently. Padding will prevent this, and it will help to extend the life of your rug. In addition, a rug that is no longer perfectly shaped will lose some of its value.

When you walk on a rug with a pad installed, it feels softer and more comfortable under your feet. You also won’t have to worry about your rug slipping underneath you and causing an accident, and yes, this CAN happen on carpeted floors, too.

Because it absorbs some impact from furniture and foot traffic, padding can increase the life of your rug by as much as 40%. The most absorbent type of padding is felt. However, the placement, construction, and your personal preferences are what will help you decide which padding is best for your rug.

What Kind of Padding Do I Need?

Rug pad materials perform differently based on the material of the rug. Ask us to help you pick the right pad material for your rug. Our certified rug care specialists can give advice and input so that you choose the best padding for your situation. We will also cut the pad to the shape of your rug.

For many years, hair and jute based pads were the only varieties available. Felt pads are newer, and we recommend this material for most types of rugs. Felt is made of recycled, synthetic materials. Moths will not eat these fibers, and the synthetic fibers of felt are longer lasting than the hair and jute fibers.

The firmness and stability of synthetic felt also give it the advantage of being able to eliminate any ripples and bumps that can cause uneven wear when a rug lies on the floor without a pad. To be truly effective, a half inch thick pad is needed.

Unfortunately, felt pads can still slip underneath smaller rugs, even if the pad is dense. For smaller rugs, we recommend purchasing rubber padding. Be careful not to mix rubber pads with sponge or foam pads.

We do not recommend sponge or foam padding, as they are too soft and can bottom out- stressing the foundation of Persian and Oriental rugs. This is especially applicable to thin, finely woven rugs, flat weaves, or antique rugs. Sponge and foam pads can disintegrate and even stick to wood floors. If you have an antique rug, it is especially important you choose the proper padding to maintain the condition it is already in after 80 to 100 years of life.

One of the best types of rug pad on the market is a fourth-inch thick synthetic felt bonded to a thin, solid rubber backing. This type of pad can serve two purpose. First, it is excellent at anchoring the rug to your floor, preventing slipping.

Second, its felt layer helps to extend the life of your rug. As previously mentioned, a rug without a pad can slide around and cause serious falls and injuries. This type of padding is recommended for all scatter rugs and area rugs that do not have a thick foundation, such as antique rugs, needlepoint, Aubusson tapestries, and flat weaves.

Another benefit of this type of pad is that it can also be used on thick rugs. It is thinner than synthetic felt and will not add on to the thickness of your rug. You can even place this padding on top of carpet. It eliminates rippling, buckling, and adjusting, even on wall to wall carpeted areas.

If you have a rug in need of padding, call us at 972-733-0400. Our specialists will make sure you are informed of your options, their benefits and drawbacks, as well as the price. Rug padding is generally a very small investment that makes a big impact on the longevity and safety of the rug in your home.

Rubber or Vinyl & Felt
Rubber padding on the Left and “Black” padding on the right with vinyl and felt.

Rug Padding: Does My Rug Need It?

Rug on top of rug paddingWhat Type of Rug Padding Does My Rug Need?

Rug padding is essential to the health and longevity of your fine handmade rug. Time and again, customers bring in older or antique rugs that are no longer perfectly rectangular and have lost their symmetrical shape. The culprit? Not using padding underneath the rug.

So, why are rug pads so important?

It’s not just about comfort. Yes, using a pad under your rug will make it feel more plush under foot, but it’s really about extending the health of your rug for years to come. A good rug pad absorbs most of the impact from foot traffic as well as the sound.

Rugs have to endure a lot of foot traffic, and that traffic will eventually wear out sections of your rug without a pad. This always happens unevenly, so that certain areas are stretched out while others are not.

The result? A wavy foundation that no longer looks symmetrical. This can affect the value of your rug as well, especially if you are considering selling it. A rug that has been placed over a pad will sell for more than the same rug that has been walked on for years without a pad. This is because the pad helps the rug maintain its shape. A rug that has been used for years without a pad is more likely to require repairs.

In addition, there are many other reasons to use a rug pad. For one, rug pads prevent slips and falls. A rug without a pad presents a safety risk to you and anyone who walks on the rug in your home. Second, the pad protects the rug from dirt and debris trapped between the rug and the floor from damaging the foundation of your rug. This dirt can tear into your rug when under pressure from footsteps.

Thirdly, rugs are easier to vacuum when a pad provides space for air to flow and minimizes friction. This air flow also prevents bacteria and mold from breeding under your rug. And lastly, pads act as a barrier between the rug and your hardwood floors, which can absorb the tints and dyes from the rug over time as well as become scratched from certain rough backings.

If you have a new rug or a rug that you have been using without padding, call Behnam Rugs today about cutting custom padding to fit your rug at 972-733-0400. Make sure you know the exact measurements of your rug, or bring it in to ensure a perfect fit. All pads must be custom cut for your rug. The shape and size of the pad must cover all the surface of the rug that touches the floor.

Never use an old pad for a different rug if the rugs are not the same exact size. Rug pads are made out of felt, rubber, or vinyl. The question of what kind of pad you should use is determined by the type of floor you will place it on. Wood, tile, stone, carpet, or engineered wood all require a certain padding type.

Consult with us to choose the right material. We carry many styles of rug pads so you’re sure to find something you like at a price that you’ll love. Call 972-733-0400.

Rug Shopping Online

How To Shop For A Rug Online

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs

Rug Shopping in Dallas at Behnam Rugs…Visit our elegant rug boutique in North Dallas for an exquisite experience in handmade rugs. We offer oriental rug washing too. In this day and age of online shopping, you may wonder if you should be shopping for rugs in person. Shopping for a rug in person has many perks.

You can see the details up close, and you can get a better idea of the rug’s texture and condition. We educate each of our customers on the many rugs in the store. All rugs need the right rug padding.  Many of our returning clients come for an immediate enzyme rug washing due to their pets’ accidents. It is all an education!

Reviews
If you’re shopping for a rug on a site like eBay, which features a feedback system, take the time to look through the reviews. You’ll want to look out for things like a seller not describing items accurately, delayed shipping times, and situations where a buyer never received anything at all.

Sometimes a single instance of a seller missing a shipping deadline might be excusable, however, we recommend staying away from sellers who have multiple complaints of sending out goods that varied tremendously from the product description.

Rug Description
It happens far too often- the title says “Handmade Rug” but the description goes to clarify that the rug is actually a machine-made rug styled after handmade rugs. Take the time to read every bit of a rug’s description, because a deal that is too good to be true often is.

If you’re shopping for an authentic Persian or Oriental rug, the rug’s construction should be hand-knotted or hand-woven. There should also be clear information about the country of origin of the rug, its materials (beware of “antique” rugs using any material other than wool or silk, as these are often reproductions), and information such as the knots per square inch (KPI).

Generally, you will want to look for any discrepancies. For example, an authentic Persian rug will only come from Iran. You should not spend excessive amounts of money on an “authentic” Persian rug made in India or Pakistan, as these rugs are often reproductions. Their quality may be similar, however, there is a huge price difference.

If any information is missing, reach out to the seller. Often times, they simply forgot to include information. Be wary of sellers who either can not or will not provide additional information.

Photos
The more photos, the better. At the very minimum, you should be looking for photos of at least one side of the rug, its fringe, and the back of the rug. Rugs with major repair jobs done will show signs from the backside better than they will from the front.

Additional photos can include detail shots, corner photos, and photos of problem areas. If a rug’s description mentions something vague about the rug, such as “minor damage”, however, there are no photos of said damage included, request them. One person’s definition of minor damage might actually be your idea of major damage.

Persian Rug With Age Related Damage
This photo clearly shows an area of damage for a buyer instead of hiding the condition of the rug.

If the rug you are looking at is over a decade old, ask for additional photos of typical problem areas, such as the fringe. You should also ask if the rug appears to need any repairs, make sure to ask about the last time the rug was washed, too.

If you’re not sure about a rug that you found online, ask a trusted rug expert for a second opinion. At Behnam Rugs, we are more than happy to look over product photos with you and give you our input. If you’re not comfortable purchasing a rug online, we can even find you a rug similar to the one you found.

We hope this guide made shopping for rugs a little bit easier. Remember, you can reach out to us at behnam@behnamrugs.com or call us at 972.733.0400 if you have any questions.