The material that adheres to the back of a rug is called a rug backing.
The type of material that sticks to the back of a mat is called a mat backing. The material you choose to cover a rug is important for several reasons. Rugs need to breathe to help air, gas, and moisture move through the rug. Without the proper type of rug backing, a rug can succumb to mildew, mildew, extreme wear and tear, and some types of rug backing can even spoil the floor. The most common types of carpet backing are thermoset, woven, felt and latex.
Most animal leather rugs don’t last very long.
Most machine-made rugs include a heat-adjusted back. These backings are applied to a mat through a high temperature process. The heat-adjusted back allows a rug to breathe properly, which makes this type of cover an ideal choice. Many machine-made wool rugs often have heat-set linings.
While some expensive animal leather rugs may have been well prepared, most are not. This means that an animal’s skin doesn’t breathe very well, and some skins may even require additional reinforcements to keep the skin from tangling. For this reason, cheaper animal skins do not last long, although they are a natural choice.
Olefin rugs can be inexpensive rug options, but they often come with woven linings that can damage the floor. To tell if a rug has a woven rug covering, simply turn the rug over. If the back of the rug isn’t covered with any other material, it’s probably a woven rug. Placing a rug pad under an olefin rug — or any other kind — can help protect your floor from damage.
Felt or other fabrics are also used as rug linings. This type of lining is relatively inexpensive and is usually glued or sewn into the rug. Felt back allows airflow. Most fabric backs are made from natural fibers, which are more environmentally friendly than some other types.
Bathroom rugs and rugs that are completely covered in latex are usually the worst types of rugs that can be purchased. These rugs do not breathe and can damage all types of floors. Laminate flooring often turns yellow when a latex-backed rug is used. Hardwood floors will warp and sink over time thanks to the latex, and even concrete floors can show signs of visible damage from latex. Latex actually attracts moisture, which will seep into the floor beneath the rug.
Before purchasing any type of rug, be sure to pay attention to the type of rug backing that is attached to a rug. While most consumers only search for rug types, the back of a rug is extremely important. As a general rule of thumb, more expensive rugs tend to have better quality covers, although this is not always the case. If the material used to cover the back of a rug cannot be easily determined, talk to the rug manufacturer. When it comes to rug upholstery, it’s much better to ask about a rug than to ruin the floor with the wrong type of upholstery.