You wouldn’t expect a piece of fitness equipment to come with an unhealthy odor but, a while back, I bought a new yoga mat that had such a strong chemical smell that I had to return it.
So when RugPadUSA.com asked me to review one of their eco-friendly rug pads, I thought it would be an interesting experiment.
Of course, to keep my review as accurate and impartial as possible, it was essential to shop for a new area rug to go with the new rug pad. A sacrifice, I know, but one that I was willing to make for the sake of journalism.
The rug and pad would be going in the room where we do our morning yoga stretches. Because of the yoga, Will at RugPadUSA.com suggested I try the Superior Lock 1/4″ rug pad. It has a natural rubber backing to keep the rug in place and a recycled felt core for comfort.
So let’s talk a little about my new rug and rug pad.
I only buy inexpensive rugs because my cat, Priscilla, won’t let me have anything nice. If you have a pet, I’m sure you can relate.
So I fell in love with a rug that I found at Ross. At $49 for a 5 X 7 rug, it was a bargain.
Years ago, when I was on a budget and buying wall-to-wall carpeting for a basement, someone told me that it was okay for me to buy inexpensive carpeting as long as I upgraded the pad – because an upgraded pad would help the carpet wear better.
So I am going on the assumption that the same would apply to an area rug and a rug pad.
The Rug Pad
The Superior Lock 1/4″ rug pad arrived quickly and with minimal packaging. And no chemical odor. In fact, no smell at all that I could detect.
Rug pads are really nothing to look at, but I think this one, with its felt core, has the look of quality.
So far, my experience with the rug pad has been positive.
- No chemical smell. And actually I learned that many rug pads sold in the big-box stores are made with PVC or plastic and could contain toxins. The materials and chemicals in these rug pads could also harm floors and rugs. Which leads me to:
- My rug pad is made of natural rubber and recycled felt. So it should not harm the floor, the rug, Priscilla, or her humans.
- The pad is the exact dimension I need for the rug. RugPadUSA.com custom cuts the pads at no additional cost.
- When I do yoga stretches on the rug, the pad keeps it securely in place on the hardwood floors.
- I feel that the thickness of the pad makes my bargain rug look and feel luxurious.
- The rug pad has a 20-year warranty.
- And it was made in the U.S.A.
- The inevitable has happened. The rug and pad have attracted the riff raff.
Actually, I can’t think of any disadvantage to this rug pad. In my opinion, and for my needs, it’s a keeper.
A warm thank you to RugPadUSA.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are my own.
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