Just this past weekend, while selecting grout for the new ceramic tile in my laundry room, I did a double take in the flooring aisle at Home Depot. The beautiful “hardwood” flooring didn’t seem to match the sign that clearly read Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring. What?! Really? Truth.
But even the most luxurious vinyl comes with somewhat of a challenge, as evidenced by today’s first reader question.
Dear Mary: We have just installed vinyl plank flooring in our home. Instructions say to use only non rubber-backed rugs and mats on it. Is there an anti-fatigue, non-rubber mat or rug out there that you recommend? Karen
Dear Karen: This past weekend I was looking at a new line of luxury vinyl plank flooring. Not only is it gorgeous and practical, it’s amazingly affordable. Vinyl flooring has come a long way. But the problem remains that petroleum-based products like rubber can, over time, permanently stain vinyl. On light colors that stain will be an ugly shade of yellow. On darker vinyl, over time, the stain may give a dark, shadowy appearance.
This Guardian Air Step Vinyl Anti-Fatigue Floor Mat may be a good option for you. These mats come in a variety of sizes and two color choices.
Another option would be to use rugs that have no rubber backing over thick felt rug pads. As long as the pad is heavy and slightly smaller than the rug itself, it should stay in place and provide a luxurious cushion for your feet and protection for your floor.