Will Area Rugs Scratch Hardwood Floors?
Will area rugs scratch hardwood floors is a question we get all the time here at Luv-A-Rug.

In this post we answer the question and show you how to INSTANTLY tell if your area rug will scratch your beautiful hardwood floors and what to do about it you find out they will.
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To instantly tell if your area rug is going to scratch your hardwood floor do this simple "Knuckle Test".

Turn the corner of an area rug over so the backside of the rug is facing the ceiling. Then rub your knuckles along the back of the rug with a little pressure.

If this rubbing hurts your knuckles and feels like it will take you skin off, the rug will scratch your floor.
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The way to prevent the rug from scratching your hardwood floor is by providing some pad or cushioning underneath the rug.

The first type of pad you can get is a mesh style type that is made of extruded rubber. This type works really well in keeping the rug from moving an holds it up off the floor.

The only caution we have is not to buy a cheap brand you can usually find in a big box store. The cheap version of this product tends to break down and turn to powder - resulting in the rug touching the floor and possibly scratching it
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Fine high quality hand knotted rugs like this Persian rug displayed in the picture below DOES PASS the knuckle test and will not scratch your hardwood floors.
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However what you will find is that these rugs will easily slip and slide all over the floor making it dangerous for anyone walking on them.

With these rugs we suggest you use a much thicker pad which has a rubber scrim along the backside to hold the rug in place and prevent sliding.
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With a thicker premium rug pad under your rugs you also get these additional benefits: Your rug pad protects the floor, stops rugs from sliding, reduces noise from heavy footsteps, insulates the floor, makes the rug last longer and more comfortable to walk on.
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If you have any questions about the your area rugs be sure to use your cell phone and text us your name, a picture of the rug and your questions to this phone number: 778-533-7847
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Here is the full video for you to watch that goes into much deeper detail about this whole area rug scratching hardwood floor thing.

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