So, you?ve installed new luxury vinyl plank flooring in your home and you seem to remember hearing something about area rugs and vinyl flooring. You certainly don?t want to do anything to damage your new floors. So, can you put area rugs on vinyl plank flooring?
Well, you definitely can put rugs on vinyl plank flooring but you must be careful what kind of backing the rug has as well as the rug material itself.
Your best bet is to see what the flooring manufacturer recommends. Absent that, natural material rugs such as cotton or wool are safe for vinyl plank floors. On the other hand, a rubber backed rug is not safe because it will trigger a chemical reaction with vinyl plank flooring.
Vinyl flooring is a man-made material made from petroleum-based products mixed with additives such as plasticizers. And when it is exposed to heat, moisture or sunlight, a chemical reaction occurs between the rubber and vinyl floors. It releases gases that discolor and stain vinyl floors. Which means you must be very careful when shopping for rugs for your new vinyl floors.
As we said, natural fiber rugs such as cotton, sea grass, sisal, jute and wool are safe to use on vinyl. However, you must put a rug pad underneath to add cushioning and avoid scratches due to friction.
Rug Pads for Vinyl Plank Flooring
If you find a rug that you love, it?s a good idea to place a rug pad underneath it for several reasons.
?You will be protecting your floors from contact with the rug backing
?It will cushion the rug backing from wear and tear due to traffic on the rug overtime.
?It is will also add much needed thickness to thin area rugs such as cotton
?It will also prevent slipping accidents and avoid dreadful trips to the emergency room.
?It keeps rugs exactly where you place them.
Most importantly you must be careful when selecting a rug pad for vinyl floors because the market is flooded with cheap rug pads that will leave behind ugly mesh patterns on vinyl, stains and icky residue. Let the buyer beware!
At Quantum Floors, you?ll find hundreds of different luxury vinyl selections. We know floors because that's all we do. We'll help you choose the perfect floor for your lifestyle and your budget. It's our pleasure to advise you of the benefits and features of our products. Why? We want you to be happy with your new floor for years to come. At Quantum Floors we don't just cover floors, we cover details. From concept to installation, you've got our ear and we've got your back.