How to Choose a Carpet Pad

The importance of the carpet pad to the performance and resiliency of a carpet can’t be overstated. There is nothing more crucial to the health of your carpet than investing in a quality pad, routine vacuuming and scheduling professional carpet cleaning each year for your home.

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This means you want to choose the right carpet pad when it comes time to purchase new carpet for your home. The right pad will help carpet withstand the heavy impact from foot traffic and the weight of furniture and other items that rest on it. Here is some information to help you decide which pad is the best one for your carpet:

The lowest form of carpet pad will have a good amount of thickness for comfort and wear but will not include an odor guard or stain or spill guard. This means that a liquid spill could permeate carpet fibers and seep into the carpet pad itself. If this happens you could experience reoccurring stains on that spot of your carpet for the remainder of the time the carpet is in your home. Even worse, the damp pad or the stain could lead to odors emanating from the carpet.

The second best carpet pad features a stain or liquid guard on the top and the bottom of the pad. This layer of protection also adds another layer of thickness for resistance against common wear and tear. The purpose of the stain guard is to prevent moisture from staining the pad itself. This type of carpet pad will lead to a longer-lasting carpet resistant to water damage and reoccurring stains. You also will not experience carpet mold or mildew if you choose this carpet pad.

The best type of carpet pad will feature another layer of thickness along with the stain guard and an odor guard. The odor guard includes enzymes within the carpet pad itself that fight the odors associated with carpet stains. You should also consider a pad that is hypoallergenic since your carpet will store several allergens in the fibers in between professional cleaning appointments.

We recommend a carpet pad with stain guard and odor resistance. This is even more true if you live in a home with children or with pets. You do not want accidents and spills to lead to permanent damage of your carpet or the pad. New carpet is extremely expensive.

There are carpet pads specifically made for homes with pets called “pet proof” pads. This is a great investment if you live with dogs or cats as pet urine is one of the most damaging forms of carpet stains due to the acidic nature of urine.

You can see why it is important to invest in a quality carpet pad for your home. The pad needs to last just as long as the carpet does and it can even help the carpet last longer if you practice the proper care and choose the correct type of pad.