A common thing that can happen by using the wrong type of rug pad on vinyl and linoleum floors is that the rug pad can damage the floor. There are many rug pads available that contain an adhesive that could stick to and harm vinyl floors. The safest and best rug pads for use on vinyl and linoleum floors are either a solid felt rug pad or a felt and rubber combination rug pad.
I often hear customers asking me what type of rug pad is best for vinyl and linoleum floors. These same customers have either had a bad experience with a rug pad on their floor or have been told by the floor manufacturer to take care in choosing the right rug pad for their vinyl floor. Unfortunately, there are many rug pads available that claim to work on all hard floors but can actually harm many types of floors, including vinyl and linoleum.
The best choice for a rug pad under a rug on a vinyl and linoleum floor is a recycled felt rug pad or natural rubber rug pad. The recycled felt rug pad can be used under rugs that do not tend to slip. Since there is no rubber in this rug pad, it does not prevent slipping. This felt rug pad is great under area rugs that are either too large or heavy to move or ones that have furniture holding them down. For a rug that tends to slip on a vinyl or linoleum floor, there is a recycled felt and natural rubber rug pad. Natural rubber is not to be confused with imitation rubber or a rubber like substance which can harm the floor. Natural rubber is completely safe for all vinyl and linoleum floors and does not transfer to the floor.
I have seen many vinyl and linoleum floors damaged from those thinner waffle looking rug pads available in many types of stores. The reason this type of rug pad harms the floor is that the rug pad contains a chemical adhesive sprayed on it. This adhesive is what can transfer to the vinyl or linoleum floor and cause irreversible damage. A felt and felt and rubber rug pad does not contain any adhesive or application and hence does not transfer anything to the floor.
For those looking for a way to protect a rug and protect a vinyl or linoleum floor, the right rug pad will make all the difference. Be sure to find a store that offers a quality recycled felt or recycled felt and natural rubber combination rug pad to prolong the life of your rug and floor.