Pads that often get "stuck" or "stain" your floors over time are often manufactured low quality PVC or cured with chemicals that may react with your hardwood finishes (polyurethane, lacquered, or acryllic).
If your floors are treated with glossy finishes, such as polyurethane finished flooring - our recommendations are as follows:
- −Econo-Lock Natural
- −Super-Lock Natural
- −Eco-Fiber Felt
- −Eco-Cushion Organic
- −Eco-Solid Organic
Make sure you 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 1 month as a precaution.
Our pads range from 1/16” (Econo-Lock) to 1/2” (Eco-Fiber). A thicker rug pad (1/4”-1/2”) will help to cushion your area rugs and help reduce premature rug wear. Over the course of many years, a quality rug pad will help prolong the life of that area rug, especially a thicker pad. Did you know that dirt is the number 1 cause of rug degradation? The best rug pads 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.
For larger room rugs, we typically recommend a <a href="http://rugpadusa.com/thick-felt-rug-pad.html"><font color="grey">thick rug pad</font></a> to add comfort for large room rugs. Thinner products like our Eco-Solid, Superior-Lock, and Super-Lock Natural pads are preferred for runner rugs and smaller area rugs more prone to slipping. They will grip a bit better than our thicker rug pads and won't cause people to trip in high traffic areas (a cushioned rug pad on a thicker area rug might be too thick). Our 1/16" inch ultra thin pads like our Econo-Lock and Econo-Lock Natural wont grip as well as our Super-Lock and Eco-Solid pads, but are perfect when thickness and door clearance is an issue.
Our best rug pad, or most popular rug pad for hardwood floors depends on the subjects area rug and the customers flooring.
For smaller area rugs, our most popular pads are - Super-Lock Natural, Eco-Solid, and Superior-Lock rug pads.
For larger area rugs, our most popular rug pads are Eco-Fiber (100% felt), Premium-Lock, and Eco-Cushion.
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 our products are eco-friendly
Our Eco-Solid and Eco-Cushion rug pads are the only rug pads on the market that 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-Fiber 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.