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Noise reducing felt rug pads

Several people will tell you how particularly annoying it is to walk on a rug or a floor and hear a squeaky sound follow their footsteps. This is often caused by the increased spaces between the floor and the rug, or simply because of a cheaply purchased felt rug pad.  However sometimes hardwood floors get squeaky over time and covering it with a rug does not seem to help. So if you are someone who does not want their guests to feel that their house is in poor shape because of the unnecessary squeaking, you should get a noise reducing felt rug pad and make your life easier. Getting the comfort and security that comes with a pad may just be the priority of the buyer but what they do not know is there are several felt rug pads out there that reduce this unnecessary noise coming from the floors to a minimum if not a zero.


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If you have a carpeted floor then the easiest and the best way is to get a thick felt rug pad which will not only increases the comfort level in walking around but significantly reduce the sound being created. It can be lined throughout the room so the thickness retains and absorbs the noise. However if it is only coming from a certain corner or part of the room and the wood is not covered in carpet, it is best to get a rug and protect it with a thick felt rug pad; this does the trick. It is not just any rug pad that will reduce the noise; it has to be thick in order to have a nose reducing impact. It will keep the house and you warm, form a very nice insulating layer and as a result of all these qualities reduce the noise coming from the floor.
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Felt rug pads are a lot thicker in nature and this thickness can vary depending on how comfortable you want your floor to feel. The constitution of a noise reducing felt rug pad is of very intricately and closely woven fibers that form an almost laminated layer on top of the floor avoiding any material to pass through down to the floor and destroying it and any noise to prevail and find its way to the surface. These felt rug pads are so affective they are also known as soundproof rug pads.

The thickness of the rug pad makes sure that every time you step on it the pressure of your body that made the floor go “creek” no longer reaches it, rather bounces back from the pad and gives you the comfort of walking on a cushioned floor. Its constitution is dense, thick and intricate without any air or vacuum.

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I can’t imagine not having a rug in any room, and that includes the appropriate rug pad to go with it, or rather, underneath it. I am used to them, and I always pick a rug that blends in well. Doing so may seem easy, but believe me; sometimes it’s harder than you might think. Not only do I need a carpet in every room I inhabit, but I also enjoy having thick rug pads under each of the carpets. They give off a really nice feel of cushiness and I find them an integral part of every carpet. I remember when I moved to my apartment; it was empty, the walls were white and there were no rugs. Well, don’t think that was a problem though: it was a great opportunity for me to arrange my apartment just the way I wanted it.
Being able to decide how you will decorate your own home is a blessing. Well, I know some people who don’t like this, but I love it. I decorated my home on my own, and I really love how it turned out.

I have to admit, I also thought that choosing a rug would be a piece of cake. Upon further inspection and searching articles related to choosing a perfect rug, I found out that this task might be a bit more complicated. You see, there are various types or rugs and there are also various types of materials from which the rugs are made. So, how to choose the perfect rug?

What I found out while I was searching for a rug is that my taste is quite problematic. When I found a rug that I really liked, there was always something, some minor thing, that bothered me, and this resulted in me skipping the rug. It was usually the inappropriate size, or I didn’t like the material. Of course, this made the whole endeavor exhausting. Just when I was about to give up on finding a rug I liked, a friend of mine suggested I tried searching online.

As I soon came to realize, the internet is a wonderful thing. Before I even started browsing through various online stores for a rug, I wanted to see what decoration blogs and websites have in store for me. This also gave me a few more great ideas for my apartment overall (indirect lighting is great, you have to check this, no matter what), and then, after gathering more insight and information, I checked the stores.

What I found on those blogs and sites were coupons for various discounts, and guess what – after a while, I found a rug that would look awesome in my living room, and I got a 10% discount on it too. It was delivered to my doorstep, and all I had to do was to unpack it and set it in my living room. No transportation problems or anything else. I love online shopping. Next order of business, for me, will be ordering a new rug pad. The prices of rug pads scale with the thickness as well as size, and when we combine the rug in the living room being fairly large and my aforementioned love for thick rug pads, the price might not be the best thing ever. But who knows, maybe I get a discount here too.

So, my piece of advice for choosing a rug would be to check online and enjoy your coffee while doing so. Check online galleries and home décor websites, you might find additional ideas for your home. Make sure to check the materials of the rugs you are interested in, and choose a good durable rug with a good design and pattern that will fit into your room.

How do I care for my wool rug

There are almost no circumstances where you’d regret getting a wool rug. The extra price is always considered an investment as these rugs have the potential to outlive generations. Notice how we said potential –they also have the potential to get destroyed to the point where you need to throw them away a year within purchase. So what is it that makes the difference between these two options? How do you ensure your rug is in the first group, on its way to one day being used by your grandchildren? Well, the difference starts and ends with you, or rather, how you yourself choose to care for your wool rug. A wool carpet is a fine thing with a lot of manual effort behind it. There were no easy shortcuts in its creation. The sheep giving the wool needed to come about as slowly as sheep usually do, their wool needed to be shed carefully and prepared by sheep farmers to be used in the manufacturing of rugs and clothing, and this was before the actual rug making process began. So it only seems reasonable that extra thought is needed when dealing with wool rugs.

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You won’t want to use one for that high traffic area you’ve been looking to cover. It seems counterintuitive to let more people than necessary stomp all over your delicate wool carpet when the job is much better suited for something sturdier. Instead, look to place the rug in an area where it will be constantly appreciated and yet not feeling too great of a burden due to traffic. Living rooms are always a good choice, but keep the furniture in mind: while wool is extremely durable as a fabric itself, you won’t want to push your luck by placing heavy furniture on your wool rug and hoping it won’t end up indentured. If you must place wool carpets under furniture, do it only with the presence of adequate rug pads, compliant with woolen rugs and dense enough to make sure they offer resistance against the furniture. When cleaning the rug in any way, whether completely or just addressing a stain, stay as far away from alkaline-based chemical cleaners as possible, as many can damage the fine fibers or even cause new stains. Look to always be slow and methodical in the way you clean your wool rug. Remember that they can stick around for generations, so why be in a rush about cleaning them? If you get a liquid spill, you need to take advantage of the wool rug’s natural suspension of liquid. As long as you act quickly enough, the fibers won’t absorb the liquid, and you can simply blot it out with a mixture of vinegar and water(but not too much vinegar!). Unfortunately, many people are simply unaware that scrubbing the stained spot, even with the right mixture, will only serve to deepen the stain, making it worse and accomplishing little else. Your wool rug was kind enough to not let the liquid through, don’t repay its kindness by pushing that liquid inside by violently scrubbing the spot you are supposed to gently blot.

Synthetic Carpets VS Natural-made Carpets

Most homeowners don’t really know the difference between a synthetic made rug and those that are naturally made. Most of them may think that it makes no difference at all. However, this is not true. Health risks and environmental hazards must be put into consideration when choosing rugs and rug pads. After all, you don’t want to breathe VOCs inside your own house.

So what are VOCs? VOCs are volatile organic compounds that emit high pressure even when set at room temperature. This compromises the quality of the air inside the house and can even be more polluted than the air outdoors. VOCs are usually present in products that are found even inside your house. They are even found in the carpets, carpet pads, rugs and rug pads you use at home or in the office.

Carpet pads are the reason why the carpet you use is softer and comfortable. These are also the reason why carpets and rugs you use at home, office or school have an appealing look. Carpet pads are made from various materials. They can be very thick depending on what your preference is. Usually, thick pads are used in areas where more people visit including hallways and stairwells.

This may sound comfortable however studies show that synthetic made carpets emit VOCs because of deep dust store them. In return, this is emitted into the air and makes it polluted even inside the house. Children are prone to inhaling impure air and allergens that can lead to increased health risks.

Aside from polluting the air inside the house, synthetic made carpets are also abundant in chemicals including styrene, ethyl benzene, toluene, 1,2-dichloroethe, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane and xylenes. These chemicals can give off gas for as long as 3 years after they get installed in your house.

A great option to avoid all these hazards is to choose eco-friendly rugs and carpets. Wool carpets and rugs are widely available in the market. They are made from wool coming from New Zealand which is known to be the home of the world’s finest. They are also renewable as sheep can be shorn annually. They also feed on grass which is abundant everywhere.

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Wool is also fire retardant and stain resistant. It makes it difficult to burn and emit less smoke and toxic gasses. You don’t have to worry about spilling juice and coffee because liquid cannot penetrate easily. Natural made carpets and rugs are also long lasting when maintained properly. In fact, they could last up to 50 years compared to the 10 year lifespan of a synthetic made carpet.

However, natural made carpets including wool cost more than the regular ones. They could cost $90 per square yard compared to the $10 per square yard price of synthetic made carpets. But still a lot of customers opt to buy natural made carpets because of the numerous advantages they can get. Aside from having to keep your body healthy from the air you breathe, you also help preserve the environment and reducing air pollution from the products you use.