To pad or not to pad – that is the question. When it comes to carpeting, there are many factors to consider. With different types of flooring and carpet fibers, you may be wondering if you need an under pad for your area rug. In an attempt to help, we’ve put together our most FAQ’s and expert tips to help you decide:

Do my area rugs and oriental rugs need pads under them?
Although entirely your decision, we recommend you pad your rugs for three main reasons: they prevent slipping and sliding, control curling and wrinkling, and reduce wear and tear.

What surfaces are rug pads used?

Rug pads can be used on all surfaces, but be careful of which pad type you buy. There is padding designed for hard surfaces like, hardwood floors, laminate, tile and stone floors. Others are designed to be used when a rug needs to be placed over carpeting or another rug.

Should I put a pad under a rug being laid over wall to wall carpeting?
Yes, you should! Area rugs placed over wall to wall carpeting tend to shift position, causing it to buckle and bunch – a potential tripping hazard! Choosing proper under padding will keep the rug flat, safe, and increase it’s life expectancy.

 What is the best type of rug pad?

100% synthetic performs the best as it contains no animal or plant fibers to decompose, or irritate allergies. A dense, “needle-punched” synthetic fiber pad that prevents shredding, decomposition, and mildew is your best bet.

What do you recommend?
At Triple S, we recommend three different pads to our clients. For hardwood floors and tile, try Dura-Hold and Omni for very small rugs. These two pads offer a non-skid backing to prevent it from sliding across the floor. Do you have wall-to-wall carpeting? We recommend NoMuv, which is designed to prevent your rug from moving on carpet.

Looking for a top rated pad for your area rug? Triple S has an array of recommended padding solutions. For more expert tips on carpets and padding, call the cleaning specialists at Triple S! We have three main plant locations:

                                            Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
                                             Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
                                            Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue

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