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Rug Pad SAFE for Adura Vinyl Planks ?



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Old August 28, 2010, 11:47 AM   #1
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Rug Pad SAFE for Adura Vinyl Planks ?


I want to get an area rug to put on my Adura vinyl plank floor, but I am running into a problem regarding the rug pad. The Adura Care / Maintenance / Warranty instructions specifically state NO rubber, latex or coco fiber mats (or pads or backings) can be used as they will damage the vinyl.

Even when I google "felt rug pad" (thinking a felt pad would be OK), everything I look at is felt-PLUS-rubber.

The rug pads sold at the local stores specifically state that they are not safe for vinyl.

The carpet installers who were here this morning to install the carpet on the stairs told me NOT to just put down area rugs WITHOUT a pad because the back of the rug (the woven part) would eventually "act like sandpaper" against the floor.

I had no idea this would get so complicated. I know there MUST be something appropriate out there that can be used under area rugs that are put on Adura planks, but I certainly am not finding it. I would really appreciate the help of you experts on this!

(I already called the Mannington customer service number but they are closed on weekends.)

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Old August 28, 2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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I pulled the warranty information for the Adura and Mannington does state not to use rubber-backed, latex-backed or coco fiber mats. I think that is open to interpretation.
The mats that come with attached backing have a long history of yellowing vinyl floors.

A product that I have sold for years and never had a complaint regarding damage to a vinyl or hardwood, for that matter, is Rug-Loc. I'm sure there are other products out there but this is a product that comes in six foot rolls and Floor Covering specialty stores often stock this type of product. It is simply a mesh that goes between your area rug and the floor. It looks a lot like the mesh product you see in RV's that prevent dishes from sliding around in the cupboards.

Ask your retailer what he/she has to put under your area rug. I would hope that a specialist in Floor Coverings would be able to answer your very valid concern. Adura is a beautiful product and worth protecting!

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Old August 28, 2010, 04:57 PM   #3
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Get a Shaw rug or carpet with Softbac Platinum. Its a fleece type backing designed not to mar the painted walls, woodwork etc. Belieau also has a fleece of types that would work well. They can be used on hardwood also. On a slippery surface they will move quite easily so be carefull if they are small rug.

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Old August 29, 2010, 06:04 AM   #4
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Thank you, Tim and Daris.

Daris, Is the fleece always attached to the rug or can it be bought separately, and if so, where?

My retailer was not familiar with this problem. I showed them the information from Mannington that I had downloaded to my phone. They thought it would be OK just to use an area rug without a pad on the Adura (as long as the back of the rug was not "scratchy"). The rug I am considering just has the weaving on the back of it (no additional backing other than the woven fibers). Do you think that would be OK on the Adura without a pad?

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The fleece from the Shaw and Beauleau products is the backing. There are also felt type or a monks cloth type backing that can be purchased and applied later. Personally I like the felt.
If it is a woven product I would think it still would leave marks.
One thing to keep in mind and I'm not absolutely postive on this for a vinl product is when rugs are put down the flooring doesn't fade under them like the rest of the floor due to sun light.
Usually you can find and get these products from people that do binding and custom rugs.

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Old August 31, 2010, 08:52 PM   #6
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I talked with Mannington customer service and they were not very helpful. All they would tell me was to buy a pad that said it was "non-staining." I did not realize about the fading. That is really disappointing. How are people supposed to have area rugs with all of these restrictions? Ugh.

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Can anyone tell me a reputable online site where I could purchase a Rug-Loc? Thanks.

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Just google rug-lock and put in your area with it. I'm presently in Vegas when I googled it it brought upstores ithis area.

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Old September 4, 2010, 09:49 AM   #9
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I pulled the warranty information for the Adura and Mannington does state not to use rubber-backed, latex-backed or coco fiber mats. I think that is open to interpretation.
The mats that come with attached backing have a long history of yellowing vinyl floors.

A product that I have sold for years and never had a complaint regarding damage to a vinyl or hardwood, for that matter, is Rug-Loc. I'm sure there are other products out there but this is a product that comes in six foot rolls and Floor Covering specialty stores often stock this type of product. It is simply a mesh that goes between your area rug and the floor. It looks a lot like the mesh product you see in RV's that prevent dishes from sliding around in the cupboards.

Ask your retailer what he/she has to put under your area rug. I would hope that a specialist in Floor Coverings would be able to answer your very valid concern. Adura is a beautiful product and worth protecting!
Daris, are Rug-Loc and Rug-Lock the same or different? I get two different products when I google the different spellings. I thought the product that was recommended was Rug-Loc. I can not find it in my area. Thanks.

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I put it in just like you spelled in inyour post. Are they the same, I don't know.


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Old September 6, 2010, 12:49 PM   #11
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What about this one?


I found this one, made of PVC, that says it is non-staining. However, it looks just like the drawer liners that leave waffle marks inside drawers. Has anyone had experience with this brand? It is called "Secure-It." Surely someone out there must have a vinyl floor with area rugs. (I can't find the Rug-Loc, I can only find Rug-Lock, which is not what was recommended on this forum, so I am looking for alternatives.) Thanks.

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i talked with mannington customer service and they were not very helpful. .
shocking!

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