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Summer heat can sometimes be unbearable, so many of our furry friends join us by lounging on pool floaties or taking a dip in the water to cool off, but dog owners should be mindful of a few safety tips and pool care precautions with regard to allowing dogs to join us in our pools.

As the most trusted and experienced pool service provider in the community, Pinch a Penny Pool Patio and Spa in Saint Cloud believes “As long as it’s ok for humans to swim, it’s ok for dogs, but there are a few things to keep in mind.”

It’s important to test PH levels and water chemistry after your pooch hops out of the pool, so we highly recommend you take advantage of Pinch of Penny’s FREE pool water testing service. Just bring in a sample of your pool water in a clean plastic bottle, or stop by Pinch a Penny Pool Patio Spa in St. Cloud and pick up a free pool water testing bottle. They’re located at 4507 Old Canoe Creek Rd in St. Cloud. 

Is Chlorine Safe for Dogs?
·         High levels of chlorine can cause skin or eye irritation, so it’s a good idea to rinse dogs off after swimming.
·         Lay out bowls of fresh water so dogs are not drinking chlorine water in excess
·         Infections are caused by wet ears, so properly dry their ears after swimming

How Do Dogs Affect Pool Equipment and Chemistry?
·         If your pool is vinyl, be wary of punctures from long nails.
·         Brush your dog before swimming to help release loose hair to avoid clogging the pool filter

It’s important not to force dogs in the pool if they don’t want to swim, but how can dogs stay safe while swimming?
·         Consider life vests for dogs with short legs
·         Have a floaty available for tired pets, swimming is a full body work out
·         Put up a safety fence too keep dogs out of the pool while unsupervised
·         Have clearly marked pool steps so pets can easily exit the pool
·         Keep dogs away from stored chemical containers to prevent accidental ingestion.

We want to thank Pinch a Penny Pool Patio and Spa for providing these helpful tips, and for making a Positive Difference in Osceola County!

For more information visit Pinch a Penny Pool Patio Spa and speak to one of their pool, pato and spa experts!

Pinch a Penny Pool, Patio Spa:
4507 Old Canoe Creek Rd

Saint Cloud, FL 34769
(407) 957-1136


Disbarred Pasco attorney accused of stealing from Home Depot

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Months after he allegedly set fire to a 47-foot yacht, a disbarred lawyer in New Port Richey has found himself in more legal trouble.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Stewart, 41, was busted shoplifting at a Home Depot store in Port Richey.

According to deputies, Stewart had tried to slip past the cash registers with several items he had placed in his pockets, but was caught by a loss prevention officer.

Once he was detained, he admitted to stealing the items, according to an affidavit.

According to reports, Stewart was suspended in 2015, and later disbarred for an unrelated felony charge.

In October 2018, he allegedly set fire to a family’s yacht. Records show he stole a boat motor from the same family years before.

Deputies said Stewart was found to be in possession of controlled substances during his arrest on Friday.

He faces charges of retail theft and drug possession.


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The Best Rug Pads

Why use a rug pad

Rug pads can help rugs stay put, provide cushioning, protect floors, and extend the life of a rug. You may not need a rug pad if your rugs already have a rubberized nonskid backing. For this guide, we focused on rug pads that can work on wood, tile, or other hard floors; we did not look at pads or tape intended for use on wall-to-wall carpeting.

Consider investing in a new rug pad if your current one won’t stay put, or if you’re interested in upgrading to something with better cushioning. If you've been using a cheap rug pad, like the thin felt ones sold at IKEA, you'll probably be surprised by how much a good pad improves the feel of your area rug. The rug will slip less and feel much more cushioned underfoot. It’s also a small investment with a potentially substantial return: For about $1 to $2 a square foot, you can add years to the life of your rug.

The pad should be smaller than your area rug by 1 to 2 inches on all sides, according to rug pad makers and sellers. This ensures that the edges of the rug lie flat against the floor and don’t become a tripping hazard; it also reduces wear and keeps the pad hidden. If you have a good-quality pad, you should not need any additional adhesives to hold it in place.

How we picked and tested

Several rolls of rug pad material, slightly unrolled, atop a wooden floor.

A great rug pad should have firm but supportive cushioning and keep a strong grip on both your rug and the floor; it should also fit the dimensions of your rug, and it should not damage your floors over years of wear. Rug pads can be made from many materials, including PVC, rubber, felt, or memory foam. Generally, the best rug pads combine a layer of synthetic felt with natural-rubber backing.

We primarily considered three types of rug pad:

Felt and rubber: Our experts agreed that felt backed with rubber was superior to other pad types because the felt provides cushion underfoot while the rubber backing excels at gripping the floor and preventing slips. Paul Iskyan, a rug expert who cleans carpets for ABC Carpet & Home in New York, told us that felt density was more important than thickness in a rug pad, because a denser pad wouldn’t flatten over time like a less dense one might.

Felt: If you have a large area rug with heavy furniture on it, a felt-only pad could be sufficient, but this type generally provides the least amount of grip.

Rubber mesh: Iskyan said he preferred felt-and-rubber pads for most uses, but did concede that sometimes an all-rubber mesh pad would be necessary for areas with low-clearance doors, or places that get wet frequently, such as outdoor areas. Mesh pads don’t provide as much padding as felt pads, so your rugs will wear more quickly with them. Many rubber-mesh pads are also made with fillers like clay and sand, which can leave a powdery residue on the floor beneath your rugs, so it’s best to seek out pads made of 100 percent rubber. Iskyan told us you should never buy a rug pad made from PVC, because it can stain or discolor floors.

A good rug pad can (and should) last for many years. Some come with 10- or 20-year warranties, and many should easily outlast those. Stephanie Waterman, account manager for rug company Armadillo & Co, told us that “in many cases the pads outlive your rug and can be easily cut down and used again and again.” Since there was so much inconsistency in coverage, we decided a good warranty was helpful, but not critical to finding a quality rug pad.

Some of our experts said that a good rug pad should be made from felt so densely woven that it would be difficult to trim with home scissors. We generally agree with that advice, but we have found that, in a pinch, it’s reasonable to trim a pad—especially a rubber-mesh pad or a thinner felt pad—down to size.

With those criteria in mind, we searched for dual-layered, felt-and-rubber pads that ranked high on the websites of Amazon, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, Home Depot, and Wayfair. We didn't set a limit for thickness, but it turned out that all the rug pads we considered were less than ⅓ inch thick—rug pads of that thickness are simply more popular than thicker pads. We also focused on nonslip pads, since most people buy rug pads to hold their rugs in place. After narrowing the field to 14 options (11 felt-and-rubber, one all-felt, and three rubber-only), we set out to test them.

We quickly noticed that many of the rug pads we brought in looked nearly identical. We eliminated those that were too slippery on our cork floors or didn’t feel cushiony enough underfoot. We tried each mat with rugs of varying thickness and pile, and we tested on hardwood floors in addition to cork. After narrowing down the group to our top five, we asked a panel of testers to try them out.

In 2020, we did another search for new rug pads that may have become available since we published this guide. Finding no new models that fit our criteria, we opted to test our original three picks again to confirm that they were still as well-made as they were when we first tried them. We conducted tests similar to previous years, placing them on both concrete and hardwood floors and topping them with rugs of different thickness and pile. Our tests confirmed that our picks remain the best at providing cushion and slip-resistance.

Our pick: Mohawk Home Supreme Dual Surface Felted Rug Pad

The Mohawk Home Supreme Dual Surface Felted Rug Pad, our pick for Best Rug Pad.

We tested this ¼-inch-thick pad under flat-woven and high-pile rugs, and found that it improved the feel of all of them by providing the most substantial cushioning underneath our feet of any pad we tried. Our testers similarly liked the Mohawk Home because it was the most pleasant to stand on in bare feet. Even though it offers springy cushioning, this pad’s dense felt should hold its shape for years.

The Mohawk Home’s grip was among the best we tested. It didn’t budge, no matter how much our testers shifted, tugged, or trod on it. In our at-home test, it withstood a cat bounding back and forth across it without sliding around or causing the rug to bunch up. Wirecutter senior editor Christine Cyr Clisset has owned this pad since 2015, and she told us that her flat-woven rug did come up after some clawing or play between her two cats, but that the pad itself never moved on her wood floors. Wirecutter staff writer Michael Sullivan uses the Mohawk under a large kilim rug in his living room and says it adds plenty of cushion but doesn’t feel too bulky underneath a thinner rug.

This rug pad is available in 25 sizes, including rectangular, square, and round options. Most people should be able to find the size they need without having to trim it further. The pad also comes with a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects. While that isn’t the best warranty we found, we think it should be fine for covering any initial problems you may have with the pad.

Upgrade pick: Durahold Plus Non Slip Rug Pad

The Durahold Plus Non Slip Rug Pad, our Upgrade Pick for rug pads, atop a wooden floor.

The Durahold Plus Non Slip Rug Pad came highly recommended by expert Paul Iskyan. The top of the pad held on to a rug better than our main pick, and its denser felt will likely last longer. But considering it’s roughly twice the price per foot compared with the Mowhawk, we think the Durahold is worth the expense only for high-quality rugs. Our testers also found that this model’s denser felt was slightly less cushiony underfoot.

At ⅓ inch thick, the Durahold is a bit thicker than our main pick. In our tests, its rubber bottom gripped wood and cork flooring slightly better than our main pick, and none of the other rug pads we tested felt as immovable on the ground. At home, we tested this pad in a kitchen, replacing an old rug pad that was notorious for slipping around and bunching up, and the Durahold didn’t budge an inch in that high-traffic area. The diamond-shaped heat-pressed grooves in the felt top increase the pad’s grip on rugs too. Our testers found that this design held more rugs firmly in place than the other felt-and-rubber pads we tried, and as one Wirecutter editor pointed out, the grid pattern works well as a guide if you need to trim the pad yourself.

The Durahold is available in 20 sizes on Amazon, including round, half-round, square, runner, and rectangular options. If you don’t see the size you need, or if you’re looking for a custom-cut pad, you could try other Durahold-only retailers like this one. It also has a 10-year limited guarantee honored through No-Muv, the maker of this pad, protecting against defects in workmanship or construction.

I’ve been using the Durahold pad under a rug in my entryway since the beginning of 2018, and it’s one of the best rug pads I’ve owned. Even in a high-traffic area, it rarely shifts around on the floor, and it holds my rug securely in place. Plus, the thick cushioning feels great to walk on.

Other Wirecutter staffers have this pad too and generally like it. Senior staff writer Kevin Purdy had a hard time figuring out which pad would be the right size for his sitting-room area rug, but says, “In terms of grip, it’s great.” Staff writer Michael Sullivan has a couple of small Durahold rug pads in his kitchen, though, and says his rugs sometimes slip around on the pad.

Also great: Rug Pad USA Super Lock Natural

The Rug Pad USA Super Lock Natural, our Also Great pick for rug pads, atop a wooden floor.

We’re not big fans of thin rubber-mesh rug pads, but they are necessary in certain cases, and some people just prefer them. If you have a low-profile door, or if you keep a rug outdoors or in a damp area, we recommend the Rug Pad USA Super Lock Natural rug pad. We tested three mesh rug pads, and this was the only one that explicitly advertised being made of 100 percent natural rubber, rather than some other, rubberlike materials such as PVC. Although we’ve been unable to confirm the exact materials in competing pads, some have received a number of complaints about their leaving behind sticky residue.

The Super Lock Natural also has a denser construction than the other mesh pads we looked at, giving it more surface area to grip the floor and a bit more cushioning underfoot. A denser pad should also protect your rugs better from wear. Plus, this pad comes with the best warranty of any of the models we recommend: 20 years.

The competition

The IKEA Båring is thin and available in just one size, and when we opened it up it had a sticky coating that seemed liable to leave residue on any floor. We wouldn’t want it in our home.

The Gorilla Grip and Epica mesh pads both had very loose “weaves,” with a lot of space between the rubber portions of the mesh. They provided significantly less grip than our mesh pick, and in the case of the Epica, made rugs feel somewhat uneven underfoot.

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  1. Miles McDonald, marketing director, Rug Pad USA, phone interview, January 22, 2018

  2. Paul Iskyan, rug expert, ABC Rug & Carpet Cleaning Service, phone interview, January 24, 2018

  3. Stephanie Waterman, account manager, Armadillo & Co, email interview, January 31, 2018

  4. SamRugPadMan, How to Choose Rug Pad Thickness, Rug Pad Corner, August 27, 2013

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