Monday, July 14, 2014

Toxic rug pads? No more!


One of our decorating obsessions at Powell Brower Interiors is RUGS--timeless, classic, antique, turkish, oriental and uniquely designed rugs. We have not been obsessed with rug pads, until now...


Did you know some rug pads can be TOXIC? yikes

"Roughly 90% of all rug pads come from overseas.   They are chemically rich and toxic breeding grounds for odor causing bacteria and VOC emissions.   In addition, the petrochemical oils in pvc pads can often dissipate into the floor, permanently marring and discoloring your floor finishes over time,"  according to W.McDonald at RugpadUSA.com.


Admittedly I did not know alot about rug pads and have been guided by cost in the past, like most consumers. I have used the cheap plastic( synthetic latex) open grid type ...until now.

I have found that same grid mark impressed onto my hardwood floors and it is not easy to remove. Little did I know this type of rug pad is most often toxic, disintegrates and doesn't last.

Enter RUGPADUSA's Premium Lock felt rug pad.  These kind folks were generous enough to ship us a felt rug pad for review, and man, are the blinder's off and I'm getting educated about rug pads!


This is their top recommended rug pad for orientals, natural fibers, and flat weaves on hardwood floors.
It is  USA made with 100% felt on top and natural rubber on the bottom. The layer is heat pressed together with no added glue or chemicals (low VOC's).  Use as shown on hardwoods, tile, concrete, etc. or flip it over with rubber on top for application of an area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting.

They have a 20 year warranty, no odor, free shipping, free custom cutting, and free returns!  No that's customer service! Plus they have a Trade account program for designer's.



Be smart in choosing rug pads that are eco-friendly, made in the USA and the right choice to protect your rug and floor investment.  Please consider RugpadsUSA as your rug pad source!

Have a great week!








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13 comments:

  1. I love the pillows and love the blue pops of color with the jars. So sweet and you definitely caught the feel of summer in your vignette.
    Colourful Living room

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  2. I have a rug obsession too. :) Usually I go without the rug pad but I have noticed that icky impression on the floor when I've used them in the past. So glad to know about this company!!

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  3. Fabulous info Nancy!!!! I agree, not all rug pads are made the same, I need to replace mine soon too. :-)

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  4. Being a rug lover the pad is crucial to life of the rug as well as the flooring its being set on. Most retailers, along with trade showrooms don't often carry a selection of padding. Can you offer up an information on this company as to the sizing available? Can they do custom sizing? This is such great information to know. Thanks for the often overlooked detail as the rug pad. Great post!
    Sharon

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    1. Sharon, they do ANY size and custom cut for free! They really are awesome, give them a try!

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  5. I would love to try these, I must admit I have never used rug pads, even under my best because , well they all just seemed so cheap to me. These look so well made and high quality.

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  6. Hey Nancy and Bethany,
    Wonderful and very educational post! I never knew - all these years :( Now I need to purge those toxic pads. And I just got a bunch for Maine. Thanks for sharing this source. You all are the best!
    L

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  7. Such a great post! I'm converted. Now I going off to look under my rugs! xo, N.G.

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  8. Nancy, Thank you so much for this. I have had one of these toxic rugs .. unfortunately. I'd purchases an "vintage" rug with pad and this is sort of how it looked. I'm purchasing a new rug for the home that is currently being built .. an boy are they pricey!! Thank for for sharing this information.

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    1. ..purchased a "vintage" .. oops!

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  9. I didn't know that about the other rug pads. Sounds awful. I might just have to get one when I get back from my Germany trip.

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  10. So excited to try i!! I enjoy seeing your rugs, Nancy.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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