To be honest, I’ve never give much thought to rug pads. We don’t have wall-to-wall carpet in our home. We have wooden floors covered with area rugs, and getting pads for the area rugs didn’t seem worth the extra expense or bother.
Then I was contacted by Karl from Eco-Rug Pads who wanted to know if I’d like to try their product. After reviewing their website, I decided I did. I liked their family-oriented business and their commitment toward the environment. That’s a big deal in the rug business where it’s so easy to cut costs in half by importing cheap materials from China. I was curious to try some of the company’s eco-friendly rug pads so I gave Karl the measurements of two area rugs.
The very next day, I received the package. Excellent first impression! My second impression was just as good when I opened the package and experienced no fumes from the materials.
The rug pads I remember from my childhood were stinky foam or synthetic rubber. I remember that “new carpet” smell from visiting carpet stores with my parents. Now I know that smell is actually the off-gassing of chemicals released from new carpets, including dangerous VOCs (volatile organic compounds) like benzene and toluene or 4-PC (4-phenylcyclohexane), an irritant to the eyes, respiratory tract and central nervous system.
Physical side effects of headaches, nausea or asthma are not something I care to deal with in my home. The other problem with those non-breathable, synthetic rug pads — they tend to damage hardwood floors with discoloration when they “sweat” or break down, as seen below.
Happily, I had no such issues with my Eco-Rug pads. And after experiencing the products in my home for two weeks, I am a rug pad convert. You can be, too — use the discount at the bottom of this post to try one.
About the Rug Pads
I tried the Natures Grip on one of my hallway runner rugs. We have two, and they always slide around in an annoying way. I hoped the pad would alleviate the slipping (it did), but I didn’t realize it would also feel so cushy! It’s only 1/8 inch thick, but the difference when walking from the padded runner rug to the non-padded runner rug is amazing. My husband loves it so much, he wants to order a pad for the second rug.
Natures Grip pad is made in the USA from natural rubber and plant jute fibers. There are no stinky adhesives, no harmful plastics. Jute is apparently even stronger than polyester with better sound and heat insulation. Compared to the typical “sticky” PVC rug pads I have known, natural rubber and jute won’t discolor floors. The material is also breathable so that it won’t grow mold or mildew.
The second product I tried was the Natural Lock pad for the area rug by the kitchen sink. That rug didn’t provide much cushioning from the tile floor, and it would often slide or flip up at the corners, causing me to trip. Again, the difference was amazing. The increase in comfort level is so much that even our dog prefers hanging out on this rug.
This pad, also made in the USA, is ¼” thick made of natural rubber and felt; the felt is comprised of recycled carpet fibers. Since the rubber has been heat pressed to the felt without glues, there are no harmful or unpleasant odors. The tire tread rubber backing will not flake apart over time as latex pads can do. And the ends of our kitchen rug don’t flip up anymore!
About the Company
Eco-Rug Pads is a family business, started by Will McDonald and his uncle who worked in the rug industry for 30 years. They branched out into eco-friendly rug pads as a response to customer complaints about the quality of the rug pads available on the market, including allergies, floor staining and pads that quickly fell apart.
Eco-Rug Pads was born from a desire to bypass those imported, toxic materials and produce high quality, environmentally safe rug pads.
The company makes a point to never use PVC in their products. Their eco-friendly materials include 100% natural rubber instead of synthetic latex, soybean oil instead of petrochemicals and heat pressing instead of toxic glues.
They source materials that are made in the USA, and all rug pads are custom cut at their warehouse in my neighboring state of Connecticut.
A Cushy Discount for You
Eco-Rug Pads is offering a 15% discount on any of their rug pads through September 30, 2014. Use coupon code ECO15 at checkout. You should also know that in addition to the Natures Grip and Natural Lock, the company offers two types of rug pads I didn’t review including a 100% virgin wool pad (Natures Cushion) and a 100% recycled felt pad (Natural Fiber) with CRI Green Label Certification.
What else? Eco-Rug Pads guarantees 100% customer satisfaction. So try one out for yourself! I didn’t know what I was missing with my lack of area rug pads. It didn’t seem like a big deal, but I walk or stand on these rugs every day. Now my family’s feet (and our dog) are experiencing cushy delight in non-toxic comfort.