Google Rating
Based on 143 reviews

Do I Need Rug Underlay?

Rug underlay can have many benefits for people with rugs. Many people don’t know when or if they should get underlay for their rugs. In this blog, we’ll talk about what rug underlay can do for you, what type of padding should be avoided and some problems that can be helped by using rug underlay.

One of the biggest dangers facing your rug is dirt. Dirt and sand is made largely of silica, which is what glass is made of. If you look at a magnified image of sandpaper, you can see all the sharp parts of it. But, compare it to a magnified image of sand, and you’ll be able to see the same sharp points and edges that act just like cutting tools, and these sharp edges can cut the fibres of your rug.

As rugs wear, they are worth less money. There are ways rug underlay can help protect your investment in your rugs and make your home safer.

Three ways underlay can help protect your rug:

  • 1. A good quality rug underlay provides a shock absorbing layer between your rug and the floor. This cushions the rug and helps keep dirt and grit from cutting the fibres of your rug. Rug underlay allows the dirt to filter away from the rug and into the underlay, this is why rugs with underlay last longer and tend to hold their value longer.
  • 2. Rugs with underlay are more comfortable to walk on but they can also help loose weave rugs stay flat on the floor and can help prevent these rugs from slipping. For this reason, rugs with underlay can be safer and can help eliminate tripping hazards.
  • 3. The shock absorbing qualities of rug underlay can help rugs to last longer in high traffic areas, areas with heavy furniture or areas with uneven floors. They can help take the stress off of the foundation layers of the rug and can help protect the foundation from stretching or puncturing.

Here are some tips and things to consider when choosing rug underlay. All rug underlay will decompose over time as they can deteriorate,. Lower quality underlay can stick to the floor, or the rugs. This damage can be hard to fix so it’s important to replace your rug underlay before it breaks down. Real quality rug underlay can last a lot longer, and sometimes the materials used in lower quality underlay can permanently discolour the floor underneath them. In general, thicker rug underlay will last longer than thinner.

If you have pets or if pet urine is a problem, rug underlay can help protect your flooring. However, pet urine will create an odour problem over time. Underlay usually can’t be cleaned and for this reason if you have pets that have accidents, you might consider buying cheaper thinner rug underlay and replacing it more often.

It’s also important not to put rugs or rug underlay down on floors that have been freshly sealed or finished. Many sealants and floor finishes must cure for a short time before they can be covered up. Check with your floor care professional for recommendations on when it’s safe to put your rug underlay back down on your newly finished floor.


If you have any questions about rug underlay, or any other questions about your rugs, give us a call on 01269 842497 or send us an email to

Share this post
Copyright © 2022 The Rug Laundry. All rights reserved.
Get in touch today for your free, no obligation, quotation.