Hardwood is the most common type of floor and a favorite for many. This makes the production of rug pads for hardwood floor be on demand. The unfortunate thing is the damage that usually occurs to hardwood floors when homeowners unsuspectingly use the wrong type of rug pads. Wrong rug pads usually create a reaction between the floor finish and the rug pad material leading to damage of the floor.
In this article, we will discuss the polyurethane coated hardwood floors which are the most common type
One problem that most consumers are faced with is the labeling on the rugs which says, ‘safe for use with wood floors’. Well, the labeling maybe correct but homeowners have to realize there is coating layer on top of the wood. Consumers should not assume that everything will be okay since the rug pad is good with wood floors. The actual raw wood does not actually come into contact with the rug pads. The polyurethane finish is the material that comes into contact with the rug pads.
Types of area rug pads to avoid
Rug pads made from rubber, latex and foam backed should be avoided as they are bound to damage your floor. Plastic matted rug pads are also not good as they can bleed into the wood leaving their imprints. Padding and non-ventilated rugs should also be avoided as the floor coating will need aeration on a regular basis.
Rugs containing the PVC material and plasticizers will discolor the wood when they bleed the petrol used to make them. Most of the damages from this rug pads are permanent and can create a bad look on your floor. The floors usually need some space for ‘breathing’.
Another popular product to avoid is the anti-skid synthetic rubber commonly used to line drawers and shelves. They have a very bad damaging effect leaving some crisscross grid markings which rarely go off. They usually leave imprints of an egg crate on your floor which is permanent.
One most surprising thing is that most flooring stores or carpet shops will recommend it. They will tell you it is a good product and you should try it for your home. This should never be the case and never try to experiment with your home. There is no need to take chances, one can only buy it you are absolutely sure there will be damage on your floor.
We have seen the kind of damage such rug pads can do to hardwood floors. Most of the damage will not be repaired by simple buffing and re-polishing. The only way to clear the stain will be by sanding it out and this means sanding the entire floor of your house.
The bathroom style rugs with a rubber backing usually have a damaging effect on the floor. They are commonly known for the vinyl flooring and the yellowing of the linoleum. They cause a permanent discoloration on the hardwood floors. Lastly try and avoid very stiff pads coming with grippers or cleats. They are also known to cause indentations on wood although most people prefer using them near the entrances.