Pads that often get "stuck" or "stain" your floors over time are often manufactured low quality PVC or cured with chemicals that may not be suitable for hardwood floors.
If your floors are treated with glossy finishes, such as polyurethane finished flooring - the following area rug pads are 100% safe for hardwood floors
- −Econo-Lock Natural
- −Super-Lock Natural
- −Eco-Plush Felt
- −Eco-Cushion Organic
- −Eco-Solid Organic
Make sure you always follow your floor manufacturers instructions and wait at least 1 month after refinishing your floors before using any type of rug pad. It usually takes between 1-3 weeks for your hardwood finishes to cure and stabilize and therefore we recommend waiting 1 month as a precaution.
Our pads range from 1/16” (Econo-Lock) to 1/2” (Eco-Plush). A thick rug pad (1/4”-1/2”) will help to cushion your area rugs while reducing premature rug wear. A cushioned rug pad will help to prolong the life of that area rug while offering superior floor protection for your hardwood floors. Our most popular rug pads for padding 8x10 and larger rugs include our Eco-Plush, Premium-Lock, or Eco-Cushion padding.
Our thinner non-slip rug pads for hardwood floors include Econo-Lock Natural, Super-Lock, Super-Lock Natural, Superior-Lock and Eco-Solid. These pads are ideal for runner rugs, hallway rugs, and smaller rugs that are more prone to slipping. A thicker rug pad might make smaller area rugs too bulky, causing people to trip. However, with thinner runners and small rugs, such as handwoven or flatweave rugs, a thicker wood floor pad will work just fine and is actually recommended.
Overall, the best rug pads for wood floors will create a solid buffer between your area rug and hardwood floors, which in turn facilitate vacuuming and grooming to keep your rug looking fresh.
This is the #1 question customers often ask when inquiring about a rug pad for hardwood floors. Every pad listed is designed, tested, and approved for hardwood floors. Therefore, the best rug pad for hardwood floors depends on the size, weave, pile, and rug type, as some pads will work better with certain rugs. The best way for us to answer this question is via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or over the phone (800) 565-6011, so we can get a clear understanding of your rug type and what padding will work best with your area rug.
For larger rugs, our most popular rug pad for hardwood floors include our Eco-Plush, Premium-Lock, and Eco-Cushion padding, in that order.
For smaller area rugs, our most popular pads are - Super-Lock Natural, Eco-Solid, and Superior-Lock rug pads. Super-Lock Natural is our most populer natural rubber rug pad. Natural rubber will grip better and is safe to use on glossy floor finishes more prone to staining.
Yes, all our rug pads are cut fresh after every order, never prepackaged (no stubborn fold marks). We have the option under each one of our products for custom sizes that don't fit our predetermined sizes.   Simply choose the next size up, then fill in "optional rug size" box with your rug size and we will take approximately 1"-1.5" inches off all sides. Check out our custom rug pads page which will explain how to order your custom rug pad.
Our pads do not contain any glues, adhesives, or harmful chemicals that might out-gas or release harmful VOC's. Beware, as there are a lot of low quality pvc pads on the market that have never (legitimately) been tested for emissions, chemical VOC's, and toxic fillers. Here is why we offer the most eco-friendly rug pads on the market:
Our Eco-Solid and Eco-Cushion rug pads are made with 100% natural soybean oils, while others use petroleum oils.
Our Premium-Lock and Superior-Lock pads are LEED certified and also manufactured with 100% recycled felt content.
Our Eco-Plush pads are GREEN PLUS certified, LEED Certified, and MBDC Cradle-to-Cradle Certified by the Carpet and Rug Institute.
Our Super-Lock Natural and Econo-Lock Natural pads are made with natural rubber base and free of harmful chemicals and adhesives.
We take the extra steps required to provide you with the best rug pads for hardwood floors available on the market
No, our pads do not carry any significant odors. We tests our pads before they are shipped.