Persian Rug Cleaner highly recommends all rug owners to have rug padding installed. All rugs need padding. It helps retain the rug its shape, protect the knotting of the rug, and therefore preserve it to last longer. At the same time, padding prevents your rug from moving around, and can save you from a fall resulting from a slippery rug.
There are a few types of rug pads- hair, jute felt, and synthetic felt. Persian Rug Cleaner suggests purchasing a synthetic felt rug pad, as moths do not eat these fibers. A synthetic felt rug pad will also last longer than hair and jute pads. A synthetic felt pad is firm and stable, and can even adjust the unevenness on some older wood floors. It can eliminate ripples and bumps that can cause uneven wear when a rug lies on a floor without a pad.
We suggest a 1/4 inch black pad for rugs of 5’x 8′ or larger and a rubberized rug pad for runners or rugs sized smaller than 5′ x 8′. Both of these type of pads are safe for any hard surface flooring such as hardwood, marble, tiles, or concrete.
We suggest you avoid sponge or foam type padding. These materials are too soft and stress the foundation of fine rugs, especially antiques. Read more about padding on our blog post, Pick the Right Rug Padding.