Rug Tips & Tricks
The right type of pad underneath your rug provides many benefits, from keeping the rug from slipping on the floor or from buckling, to acting as a “shock absorber” for foot traffic, to lessening the wear on the rug’s fibers.
These are the best pads for your rugs (and for your floors too).
ORIENTAL RUGS ON TOP OF WALL-TO-WALL CARPETING
This is a tough topic because rugs, to begin with, are meant to be used on hard flooring, not soft. Having rugs on top of carpeting, and putting heavy furniture on top of them, can lead to safety issues (from buckling) as well as to structural damage to the rug’s foundation fibers.
We have not found an ideal choice of padding for use on wall-to-wall carpeting. NoMuv used to have an acceptible pad variation for this purpose, but after redeveloping the product a few years back, we saw the efficacy drop dramatically, and a large increase in returns, due to dissatisfaction. So we stopped selling that particular product, leaving a void in our recommendations, in this realm.
The biggest dangers for rugs placed into long-term storage are BUGS, FLOODS and THUGS.
Insect damage, flood or mildew damage, and theft are the most common problems we hear from clients who have placed rugs in a local storage unit or placed in a far corner of a closet or garage. Many times, rugs with high appraised or sentimental value are placed in storage to save them for family members, or to save them from a remodel mess, or to protect them from the summer sunlight. You want to make sure you are not actually causing damage by incorporating the wrong storage procedures.
SAFE STORAGE TIPS
If you are in the San Diego area and want to place rugs in storage, we offer cleaning and wrapping services, as well as storage space in our own climate-controlled facility. Just give us a call at 858-566-3833