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​​​​​​​The Rug Experts Speak: What’s REALLY the Best Kind of Area Rug Padding?

The Rug Experts Speak: What’s REALLY the Best Kind of Area Rug Padding?

Hi folks!  Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care!  I wanted to take a moment to talk to you all about area rug padding and what the differences between what you can get at your local big box store and what we here at Arizona Oriental in Prescott AZ carry.

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

You can choose the super cheap rug tape, which is just like it sounds - tape that you stick on the bottom of your rug that’s supposed to keep it in place on your floors… But who ever decided that TAPE was a good thing to put on your floors!?  And putting it directly on your area rugs doesn’t seem like a good idea are you ever supposed to get it off?

The other option you can get at box stores is this thin, rubber mesh-like padding that is pretty much what you might find at the bottom of your cabinets or drawers.  This is another cheap option for rug padding and it actually covers the whole bottom of the rug, so you’d think that it’s a bit better at cushioning your rug against the floor than just the tape, right?  Well, yes and no. The main issue with this kind of padding is that it’s so thin that it doesn’t really do much beyond keep your rug in place. While this is all well and good, it can also damage your floors and area rugs!

Imagine walking all over your rug for years on end while your rug has this thin rubbery mat beneath it.  Eventually this mat will start degrading - between the area rug on top of it and the hard surface of your floor beneath it, the mat will either get stuck to the bottom of your rug or to your floors.  It can be very difficult to remove in this instance and, really, it doesn’t do what rug padding is supposed to do.

The kind of area rug padding that you can only get here at Arizona Oriental is simply the best area rug padding around! And I’m not just saying that because we carry it and offer it to all of our clients - I really mean that it’s truly the best padding around!  It’s a ¼” thick and made from recycled materials that are safe for both your area rugs and your floors! We also sell two different kinds of padding depending on the kind of flooring you have your rug on top of - either soft-surface (like carpet) or hard-surface (like wood or tile).

We also cut our padding to fit perfectly beneath your area rugs - you don’t have to guess or try to piece together different pads.  The thickness of our padding also protects your area rug from the force of you walking on it. It helps prevent traffic patterns because it distributes your weight evenly throughout the rug.

Why waste your money on a poor-quality rug padding that could ruin not only your area rug but also your floors?  Instead, give us at Arizona Oriental a call and get your No-Muv padding today! It’s the best bang for your buck and guess what?  It even 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.

Have more questions about the differences in area rug padding?  Give us a call at 928-445-1718 and get a free cleaning estimate, 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). 9-17-2018

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