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Sep 23, 2022 | LVT Care and Maintenance

I Want to Get a Rug for My LVT Flooring, Are There Any I Need to Avoid?

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LVT stands for luxury vinyl tile, but is oftentimes used as a catch all term for vinyl plank as well. This modern-day flooring solution embodies everything a floor should be—durable, aesthetically pleasing, and easy to clean.

Many people who have chosen to install LVT in their homes and businesses put rugs on their floors for added comfort and elegance or to enhance a particular interior design vision. If you’re thinking about putting a rug on top of your brand-new luxury vinyl floor, make sure you choose one that won’t cause any damage to your floor.

What Is LVT?

LVT floors deftly imitate natural materials while offering many practical benefits. The tiles are typically made from multiple layers of vinyl, which are mixed with various other compounds to add durability without sacrificing the resilience with provides warmth and underfoot comfort. The design layer is where the magic happens from a design perspective and features an array of color and texture options that mimic the natural look of wood or stone.

LVT floors have become a popular alternative to natural and luxury flooring materials like wood, stone and porcelain due to luxury vinyl’s exceptional benefits, which include:

  • Boundless choice of colors and designs
  • Eco-friendly technology
  • Excellent durability
  • Waterproof
  • Warmer underfoot than tile
  • Stain and scuff-resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • No expensive and messy refinishing or sealing required

How to Choose the Right Rug for Your LVT Flooring

What to Avoid

Are you thinking about embellishing your space with a beautiful and intricate rug? Perhaps you like that warm and cozy feeling beneath your feet that only a soft rug can provide? There are several reasons why people buy rugs for their floors. Some do it for practical reasons, like added comfort, warmth and sound control, while others use rugs to enhance their home décor or pull together a carefully planned interior design.

If you have an LVT floor, you should pay extra attention to the underside of the rug, aka the rug’s backing. The key thing to remember is avoid rugs with a rubber backing. As stated in Metroflor’s Care and Maintenance Guidelines, Floor-Care Best Practices, “Avoid the use of rubber-backed mats, as certain rubber compounds can permanently stain vinyl.”

Best Rugs for LVT

When looking for an LVT-suitable rug, make sure you know what the rug pad is made of. Some of the best rug pad materials to consider include:

  • Foam rug pads: Foam is a lightweight material that can be safely used on LVT flooring. It’s also known for its non-slip properties and cushioning.
  • Jute rug pads: Jute is an eco-friendly, recyclable fiber and can be used on any floor, including LVT. Its only con is that it may not hold your rug in place as well as other materials.

Browse High-Quality LVT Flooring Solutions from Metroflor

Before you get a rug, you need a beautiful floor as a foundation. At Metroflor, we offer a rich and versatile collection of easy to install LVT flooring for your home or business. Our floors can be used in a variety of rooms and settings, including basements, bathrooms and offices.

To learn more about our products, browse our website or speak to a dealer near you.

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