DIY Home Improvement Plus
Helping Homeowners Every Day
How to Stop Rugs From Moving
Carpet Pads for Area Rugs
When you buy an area carpet or rug it is because you need one to protect your floor and add color to your home. The investment in a carpet and the floor can be protected with a rug pad. What you use for a pad depends on the type of flooring.
A rug pad adds a protective barrier between rug and floor, keeps your rug from sliding and bunching up, and helps your rug last longer. There are many options for different types of pads for area rugs. Area carpets without a carpet pad can be a trip hazard causing serious injuries.
Area rugs without pads:
· Rug runner on carpets without a pad will stretch out of shape.
· For a large rug you may think that you do not need a pad because it is heavy and won’t move around, plus you have a couch or table on it. Every time you step and walk on your rug it is moving under your feet. It is like walking on foam, the foam compresses where you step and your rug does the same. If your area rug has a stiff or rough back it is scratching your hardwood flooring with every step.
· Small rugs become a slipping hazard without a proper rug pad to keep it in place.
· To check if your rug scratches the floor make a fist and rub your knuckles over the back of your rug. If your knuckles get scratched so will your floor when your rug moves on it. The effect of a rough backing rug with no pad on the floor is like sandpaper. After a while it will damage your floor.
· Placing furniture on top of rugs to hold them in place doesn’t work. A couch, coffee table, dining room table, etc will anchor the rug in place only where the furniture touches. The rest of the rug is free to move, compress, stretch, and scratch your floor.
· Using tape to adhere your rug down is easy but can leave an adhesive residue on your rug and floor that can be hard to remove. Plus the tape is only anchoring down the place where it is sticking, allowing the rest of the rug to move around. Tape will also pull out wool fiber and fringes.
· A carpet underlay is not a good choice for area rugs either. It is too soft, not breathable, absorbs moisture, and will fall apart with heavy use. It is made to be used under wall to wall carpet, not area rugs.
· Tacks and nails should never be used to hold down a rug. They will damage the rug and the floor.
Rug pads that will work:
· A quality rug pad will keep area rugs from moving. The higher the quality the longer it will last. The rug pad should be sized two inches smaller than all sides of your rug, not including fringes, so that the rug doesn't stick up and cause a tripping hazard. Rug pads can be washed in warm water and dish soap to make it re-grip when it gets dirty.
· Area rugs were not meant to be placed on wall to wall carpet. That is why there aren’t a lot of choices for under pad. There isn't anything that will completely stop a rug from moving around a carpet.
· Heated floors can damage rug pads. Heat resistant area rug pads can be purchased where the rug is going to be placed on heated floors.
Area rug pads will prevent rugs from moving, avoid trip hazards, and prolong the life of your carpet.
|DIY Home Improvement Plus Copyright©2008 About Les Donovan and DIYHomeImprovementPlus.com|