What size rug pad do I need?

Rug pads should be slightly smaller (approximately 1″ around the perimeter) than your rug. This allows the edge of the rug to fall flat to the floor concealing the pad beneath. It’s best to order a pad to match the size of your rug, or slightly larger, then trim it to a perfect fit.

What is the right size area rug for a dining room?

For a dining room, measure the length and width of the table. Your area rug needs to be large enough to allow chairs to be pushed back from the table without falling off the rug. For side chairs and armchairs, allow 30″ on each side.

Does area rugs really need a rug pad?

Yes, rug pads provide a solid foundation for your rugs, extending their life. In addition to adding comfort and cushioning underfoot, a rug pad absorbs the impact of foot traffic, reducing the wear on the surface yarn. Rug pads also protect the bottom of your rug and they protect the floor beneath by preventing the transfer of color. Finally, most quality area rugs require a rug pad to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

Should I professionally clean my area rugs?

To maintain your area rug long term, have it professionally cleaned every 2 – 5 years. Not all area rug fibers will withstand steam cleaning some rugs may need to be professionally cleaned using other methods. Professional cleaners use special equipment to remove trapped dirt from the rug’s foundation and to thoroughly dry the rug to prevent odors and mildew. Always take your rug to an experienced, knowledgeable rug cleaning professional.

What’s the best area rug for kids and pets?

If you have kids and pets, you’ll have accidents. Look for an area rug that’s easy to clean. Wool is a good fiber for combating every day mishaps. Quality synthetic area rugs come with stain resistant features. Multi-colored or patterned rugs are better at hiding stains and dirt. When it comes to shedding pets, you may want to consider a rug that’s similar to your pet’s hair color. This will cut down on vacuuming time.