INFERIOR RUG PADS CAN CAUSE BIG PROBLEMS
The main problem with most imported plastic pads is that they are coated with adhesives to enhance grip, which can destroy your floors.
These pads contain a combination of toxic chemicals which can “off-gas” and stain floors.
Even worse, they can fill your home with toxins.
The vast majority of these pads on the market come from overseas manufacturers and usually contain chemicals, oils, or adhesives that may negatively react with the chemicals in your floor finishes.
A perfect example of this is the use of phthalates in many plastic rug pads. Phthalates are a class of chemicals used to make plastics tougher and harder to break, however, they are also extremely toxic and can be used as dissolving agents.
As you can assume, you probably don’t want something that is listed as a dissolving agent on your brand-new polyurethane-finished hardwood floors (or even old ones!)
Another issue with imported plastic pads is that they are made with an adhesive coating designed to enhance their non-slip grip. Unfortunately, these pads just end up literally sticking to your floors rather than gripping them.
Also due to this adhesive process, the pad usually ends up sticking to itself (as shown below) creating lumps under your rugs and not actually functioning to keep your rugs in place.
Avoid Cheap Grippers
Open weave rug pads are not ideal for Oriental rugs and will cause damage to your floors!
Open weave rug pads are the ones with holes in them. These are very common in most stores and are fairly inexpensive. While a majority of people choose this type of rug pad to prevent rug slipping at a low price, it is not ideal for finer Oriental Rugs.
The construction of the holes in the rug pad allow for penetration through to the floor and this allows the Oriental Rug to feel the wear. Since most of these open weave rug pads are either plastic or nylon with an adhesive, they normally stain the floor and people want to avoid this kind of floor damage.