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Latex backed rugs - can they damage floors?

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#1 purpleduck

Posted 16 August 2019 - 07:36 AM

Found a lovely wool rug that has a latex backing on it.

Googling about that type of rug came up with info that the latex can deteriorate and stick to the floorboards.

Has this happened to anyone? We are in a rental with newish floorboards (floating) and obviously I want to be very careful!


#2 chillipeppers

Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:29 AM

Yes the floors need to breathe and the latex prevents them from doing so. I damaged the floors of my previous property with a latex rug.

#3 Jingleflea

Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:49 AM

Learn something new every day here.

#4 Bereckii

Posted 16 August 2019 - 09:53 AM

I've had both (same house, but different rooms)

Large latex backed rug in living room - no problems (was there approx 8 years)

Small latex backed kids rug in a bedroom - disaster.

#5 purpleduck

Posted 16 August 2019 - 10:22 AM

So would a felt or other type of rug pad under the rug help protect the floor?

Apparently some are rubber backed which is reportedly fine on boards? This rug is pretty large so they rug pad wouldn’t be for the non slip aspect, just the not stuff up the boards aspect

#6 chillipeppers

Posted 16 August 2019 - 12:14 PM

I would imagine rubber is the same. Can you call a rug store and find out?

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