The cold weather has made it’s way to Seattle! The low temperatures and rain have brought out our rain boots from storage! With that, comes people trekking in mud and falling leaves on the bottom of their shoes. I finally had to pick up a rug for the front door to minimize the debris brought in from the outdoors. With a new fancy Pottery Barn rug, I started researching rug pads as well. This area rug WILL get wet and will hold dirt from being tracked into the house, so it was important that I find a rug pad that can not only keep the rug from slipping with excited dogs and kids, but to be able to air out and not soak any moisture into the hardwoods.
I came across a website called Rug Pad USA. A rug pad retailer based outside of the Greater New York area and specialize in manufacturing higher end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made in the USA. All of the rug pads are very reasonably priced and I decided on their premium-lock pad and really love it! The process was super easy when I ordered and I had the pad within a week of ordering!
I know rug pads are not exactly the most glamorous topic to write about. However, they are a much needed “behind the scenes” product we all need in our homes. We use the rug pads to protect our floors, and some of these pads are made of PVC (vinyl) that contains plasticizers which can discolor the finish or the wood. The damage is permanent and it is not a pretty sight. Floors need to be able breathe. Many area rug pads will be labeled as good for hard surface floors or even wood floors. But remember, you aren't putting the rug pad directly on wood. You are setting it on top of your wood floor finish.
Its going to take a couple days to lay flat on the wood as the rug has sat rolled up since I purchased it…but I think it looks nice – and you can see what I mean about the important rug pad playing it’s roll “behind the scenes” because it is not out in plain site.
If you are in the market for a rug pad too – please go check out Rug Pad USA’s website. And take advantage of using the coupon code created just for Fishtail Cottage readers “pr15off“ at check out! xoox, tracie