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To Pad or not to Pad?

Posted by on 3/17/2012 to Rug Care
When you purchase a rug, your next consideration should be the padding that goes underneath it.  Depending on the kind of rug that you purchase, you may or may not need a pad.

To be honest, the thing that most strongly governs whether or not you need a rug pad is personal preference. Some people like rugs to be incredibly soft underfoot, and a pad can help accomplish this.  On the other hand, you may simply prefer not to spend the money or you might prefer a slightly harder floor under your feet.

Pads can be useful when it comes to keeping rugs in the same place.  Particularly in a high-traffic area like a hallway, we recommend using pads for runners.  Otherwise, it's likely that you'll end up with the rug mostly bunched at one end of the hallway!  

If you have an old, thin Oriental rug that you would like to use on the floor, using a pad will help extend the life of it and minimize wear and tear from foot traffic.  We generally recommend that customers purchase a pad for any rug that they would like to keep in top condition for as long as possible.  However, if your rug is of a thick pile and is very heavy, it's likely that a pad will be unnecessary.  If your rug is already soft enough for you, you probably don't need to spend money on a pad!

Always remember to occasionally vacuum your rug pads as well as your rug.  Particularly if you have fine rugs, you should make a point to vacuum the back of the rug and the pad at least three or four times a year.  This keeps bugs from getting into the pile of the carpet and will keep your rug looking great for years to come!

If you're thinking about getting a pad for any rug, make sure to look at our selection at 

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