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The Area Rug Experts Spill: Good Rug Padding vs. Bad Rug Padding

Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ once again!  Today I wanted to take a moment to talk to everyone about rug padding and the differences between the good and bad rug padding.

Honestly, the only advantage to buying rug padding from a big box store is that it’s cheap.  If you aren’t concerned with ruining your floors or your area rugs, it’s a pretty good benefit.

The cheapest choice for rug padding is rug tape.  This is just what it sounds like - tape you stick on the bottom of your rug that’s supposed to keep it in place on your floors.  But who decided TAPE was a good thing to put on your floors!?  Putting it on your area rugs doesn’t seem like a very good idea, either - how are you supposed to get it off!?

The other cheap option you can get at box stores is thin, rubber mesh-like padding.  You might find this at the bottom of your cabinets or drawers in your kitchen.  It’s another cheap option for rug padding and is meant to cover the whole bottom of the rug, so you’d think it would be better at cushioning your rug on the floor rather than just the tape.  The main issue with this kind of padding is that it’s so thin that it doesn’t actually do much beyond keep your rug in placeIt can ALSO damage your floors and area rugs!

Eventually this mat starts degrading over the years of you walking on your rug.  It’ll either get stuck to the bottom of your rug or to your floors and can be very difficult to remove.  It doesn’t even really do what rug padding is SUPPOSED to do.

So what are you supposed to do?  You know rug padding is something you need - but what’s the best option if these two aren’t it?  Arizona Oriental carries the best area rug padding on the market!  I’m not just saying that because we carry it - I really do mean that it’s the best padding around! It’s ¼” thick and made of recycled materials safe for your floors and your area rugs.  You won’t have to worry about needing to scrape this off of your rugs or floors!  We also offer two different kinds of this padding, depending on what kind of flooring your rug is sitting on top of - soft-surface (carpet) or hard-surface (wood or tile).

We will also cut this padding to fit PERFECTLY beneath your area rugs - you don’t have to guess or try to piece things together. You really don’t have to do any work to make this padding work for your rug.  Because of the thickness of our padding, your rugs will also be well protected from the force of walking around on it.  It helps to distribute your weight throughout the rug, which helps to prevent traffic patterns!

Don’t waste your time and money on a poor-quality rug padding.  It could ruin not only your area rug, but also the floors in your home as well.  Instead, give us at Arizona Oriental a call and get our No-Muv padding today! It’s the best bang for your buck AND it comes with a 10-year warranty!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

​​​​​​​Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Give us a call for more information about the rug padding that we carry at our facility at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 07-10-2020

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