There have come to be several felt rug pads advertised for hardwood floors, so we decided to take a closer look at some candidates. We have been noticing rug pads from various suppliers and in this post, we chose to compare to felt rug pads for hardwood floors; Superior by Rug Pad Corner and All Felt by American Rug Pad. Both rug pads are stated as being made of recycled felt. Both rug pads are stated as being made in the USA and both are stated as being suitable for use on hardwood floors. While during our tests and comparisons we found a few similarities, we also found many differences.
Superior felt rug pad seems to be the winner in density, construction and protection.
We took a closer look at both of these felt rug pads for hardwood floors and wanted to see how each looked. Superior consists of a very clean look without any shedding of the felt fibers. Upon rubbing our hands on the top and bottom surfaces, we noticed that the felt stayed intact. It is a light grey color and very solid looking to the extent that one of our reviewers commented that it could almost pass as an area rug. On the contrary, All Felt by American Rug Pad is light brown in color and extremely fuzzy. There were obvious signs of shedding before we even rubbed the surfaces. Appearance Results: Superior is a cleaner, more dense rug pad that will not cause any shedding with use in the home. All Felt is good, yet shows signs of shedding, meaning a less compact construction.
Superior claims to be made in a 40 ounce density, the highest that a felt rug pad can be. Well, we believe it! We gave it the finger test and tried extremely hard to push our finger through the rug pad and it did not budge. The resistance is incredible and proving the fact that this is truly a 40 ounce dense rug pad. All Felt passed our finger test, yet not as well. The area of the felt that we tried to push down on actually gave in a little and sunk with our finger. While it did not allow our finger to reach all the way down to the floor, it did not resist as well as we would have liked. This All Felt rug pad seems to contain some air in place of felt. Air blowing is a common process on some felt rug pads where air makes the felt thicker, yet compresses and escapes to show the true characteristic of the rug pad. This air blowing process uses air that is free, so it cuts costs in production, as well as cutting on performance.
Density Results: Superior is a true 40 ounce density, which means it will prevent any penetration to the floor. It will also allow the pile of an area rug to spring back after being crushed from walking and pressure. All Felt rug pad is not as resistant as we would like and this concerns us as to the amount of protection it can actually offer an area rug.
All Felt rug pad at American Rug Pad lacks in density and construction and receives an average rating.
Superior and All Felt were quite comfortable under the area rug we used them with. There perhaps was a little more of a plush feel with All Felt and this is due to the fact that it is not as dense and resistant as Superior. A true area rug pad should not feel too plush because this means it allows the back of an area rug to rub against the floor, something that is not preferred. The more solid and dense a felt rug pad, the better it will resist the pressure and stress to any hardwood floor, the better it will prevent damage to the floor.
Comfort Results: Both felt rug pads are close in comfort, with Superior adding a little more due to its thickness and density.
Many people choose a rug pad to reduce noise from one floor or a residence to another. When we tested the two for noise from the apartment above, All felt muffled the sound, yet we still heard some. we credit this to the fact that it is not as dense as it could be as seen above. Superior barely allowed any noise to occur and we guessed this by our finger test where we could not even penetrate the rug pad a bit. For a felt rug pad to perform for noise reduction, it needs to prevent any footstep from sinking at all into the area rug to touch the floor. It is this sinking that makes for the noise, so Superior prevented this penetration.
Noise Reduction Results: Superior excels as a full noise reduction rug pad for hardwood floors. If traffic is light, All Felt may fit the bill.
The All Felt rug pad for hardwood floors from American Rug Pad is a medium quality rug pad and can fulfill some protective needs. It is better than any mesh looking rug pad sold in big box stores, yet not nearly as solid and dense as our other candidate, Superior. We recommend using it under area rugs where traffic is limited. In time, since an area rug receives much use, the more dense and solid felt rug pad will prove to protect hardwood floors better. The shedding and air within All Felt concerns us and leads us to believe that it will not last nearly as long as Superior. If you can spend the extra on Superior now, it can prove to save much more in the future by avoiding worn rugs and damaged hardwood floors.
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