Caring about rugs

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rugIf you have small children at home, than we are sure that your rugs and carpets are constantly under attack from juices, baby food or water colors. Having a nice rug is great detail to every home, but they are expensive and delicate, which adds another item on the list of headaches. So, how to clean them? The first rule to clean your rug without damaging is to stay away from using carpet shampoos and sprays, especially if you have wool carpet or rug. This type of products is made for synthetic carpets and they can easily damage your rug or carpet. Before you buy and apply any type of rug/carpet cleaning product, read the label and the instructions, in order to avoid bleaching the colors of your rug/carpet. Always clean the stains immediately as they occur, so you can get better results. Never rub on stains to try to clean them. Instead, scrape or blot the spillage, using clean white cotton towel, gently pressing down. Do this in order to absorb as much as you can from the moisture. Always try to blot the moisture moving the towel in straight lines, because by rubbing with circular movements you could additionally damage the rug/carpet. After cleaning the spot, it would be good to neutralize the odor (which is surely recommendable in case your children have spilled food or something from their diapers). The best way to neutralize the unpleasant odor is to mix three parts water and one part white vinegar and gently blot using white cotton towel.

How to make your own no-sew rag rugs
This is a really simple idea and you will not even need to buy any type of fabric. In addition, you don’t need any types of machines. So, all you need to make your new no-ser rug is old clothes. First, cut strips of fabric from old clothes (choose the colors you want and make sure that they complement your overall interior design style) into strips 1 to 3 inches wide. Before cutting the strips, remove the seams, just to make cutting easier (plus, you don’t need them for the rug). As for the length, cut the strips as long as you can, but don’t worry even if the strips look short, you can easily join new strips. Next, tie two of the strips into a loose knot. The knot should be loose, so you can do your work easier. Use stripes in different colors and arrange them in such a way that you get alternate order of strips (e.g. A, B, A, B etc.). The process goes like this: take the right-hand strip and go under the other one, then go over and repeat this. It surely would be better to see the process on a photo, so you could understand how the braiding goes (hey, a photo is worth a thousand words). Here are several links where you could get the detailed instructions how to make your own no-sew rag rug.

grillo-rugs-cleaning-process-21Do-s and Don’t-s for Rugs
Walk into any room that has not been professionally decorated and you are bound to notice some mistakes when it comes to the decorating. It is no surprise at all, as there are many rules for interior decorating. However, all those mistakes can be avoided by checking some of the decorating do-s and don’t-s for each room. No room is complete without the silky sheen, timeless warmth, and delicate and unique touch of a rug. You could buy a few accessories and pillows in order to compliment the color of the rug in your living room. Rugs, if chosen correctly, add the ideal touch when it comes to finishing the room in your home.

Traffic arrangements
Although you may find this as rather peculiar, you will have to agree that in every household there are frequent traffic routes, and if the rugs are being constantly on its direct route, these will make them predisposed to damage. Furthermore, if on top of the rugs there are some heavy objects, make sure to rotate the rugs as often as possible, as this will prevent creating wear patterns on particular areas.  If there is one wear pattern created already, you can try and fix it by combing the area using a large comb. However, you mustn’t do this often, as the combing may cause even greater damage, so try doing it only once and then stop the procedure. In order to prevent significant damage, place a rubber or plastic pad underneath your rug, as this will keep the friction to a minimum.

Vacuum cleaning
The best way to maintain your rug is to vacuum it as often as possible, and try using a vacuum machine that has suitable brushes in order to keep the rug’s fibers safe from pulling, wear and tear. The regular vacuuming keeps the fibers upwards, rather than being packed down. If the rugs get stained or dirty, try browsing the web for ways of naturally removing the stains and the dirt. The heavy chemicals can damage the natural colors of the fibers, so you may end up doing greater damage. I hope these little tricks will help you to enjoy the beauty of your Persian rugs as long as possible, as they are truly a piece of art and ancient culture.

Rug quality
The quality of a rug depends on different factors. The craftsmanship is the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about the quality of rugs. Rugs can be hand tufted, hand woven, as well as machine tufted and machine woven. You also have to take the fiber used into consideration. Wool is considered as one of the best materials for rugs. It is more expensive than other materials and manmade fibers, but it is definitely worth every penny. High quality rugs last longer and look better than low quality rugs.

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The last detail you should consider when choosing rugs is their durability and quality. There are many different manufacturers. Some of them use machines to make the carpets, while others make them by hand. Buying the most expensive handmade rug doesn’t have to mean you made the best possible decision. If the rug is for the hallway, it will be better to buy machine made carpet made of wool. They are more robust and heavy and they can survive the frequent traffic. Expensive hand knotted rugs are less tolerable to damage and it will be better to purchase them for places like formal living rooms and bedrooms.

Cushioned Rug Pads

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Giving hand crafted rugs a better chance of surviving longer and giving them a good grip on the floor is crucial. Buying the rug pad perfect for this job will give the rug the best in protection and comfort.
Sitting on a rug that is placed on a hard floor will affect the body. It will apply unwanted pressure on the spine and cause discomfort to those that use it. Other than this, the slipping hazard of the rug will be heightened if a rug pad is not used.
Buying a good, cushioned rug pad will keep the rug from slipping and skidding too much. It will keep it from getting dented or have compressions of furniture or footsteps on it. It is a comfortable support for the rug as well as the user.
Cushioned rug pads are specifically designed for comfort. They are thick so that they keep rugs from wrinkling or getting damaged when they take the brunt of the burden the rug is put under. This keeps the rug safe from damage.
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-Designed for use on hard flooring, this rug pad will not discolour or damage the floor it is set upon. So it is an easy to use, easy to keep design that will keep the floors, rugs and users safe from harm.
-The cushioned rug pad has different features to keep the rugs safe and the floors clean.
-Provides Super Soft Cushion – Giving the rugs a hard surface when they are easy to tear and get damaged is unfair. Whenever someone steps on the rug, they are applying downward force which basically means it is compressed between the floor and the feet. Extended compressions loosen the fibres so it gets damaged faster. With the cushioning a rug pad provides, this danger is immediately resolved. The pad takes the pressure and keeps the rug from getting rubbed raw and keeps the fibres intact.
-Extends life of Rugs – By keeping the rugs from tearing and being worn, the rug pad increases their life. For Oriental rugs, a cushioned rug pad is excellent. Since they are handmade and have delicate knots at the end that can open from constant movement, Oriental carpets have a short life span. Once a rug pad is placed under them, they are safe from movement and stay firmly cushioned and protected.
-Vacuuming becomes easier – Since the rug pad is made with organic materials, is woven and heat pressed, it not only insulates, but has a good air flow. This allows the rug to be vacuumed better than before since it doesn’t have the floor directly under it. It lets the vacuum take up all the dirt and other particles that could not be reached previously.
A rug pad is also easy to trim, even if it is thick. It can be fixed and snipped to the owner’s specifications and is washable. One of the easiest home accessories to get, a rug pad will make the life of a rug longer and the home safer and cleaner.

How is my wool carpet different from other rugs

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wool-carpet-300x190It’s no secret that wool rugs have traditionally enjoyed a label of luxury to their name. And for good reason – many believe they offer a different brand of quality than carpets made with some of the more contemporary or easily available materials. After all, to even think about making a nice wool rug, one needs to have well-bred sheep raised countryside ready to provide with some quality wool. Taking care of these sheep is usually a year-round process, sometimes requiring several dedicated individuals attending the farm. It is partly because of this reason that wool carpets come in a bit more expensive than carpets made from synthetic material. Those, like nylon, are much easier to come by than actual wool, especially in our industrialized day and age. Just as is the case with everything finer, so does the wool rug require a bit of additional finesse in terms of cleaning and caring for it. Improper care can destroy a wool rug, and we don’t mean figuratively, either, so before choosing to go for one, you must ask yourself if you’re willing to put in the extra time and effort in order to properly care and look after the carpet. If the answer is no, you’re probably better off getting a sturdier synthetic fiber that you can even replace without to big of a financial setback. If you understand the added responsibilities that come with owning a wool rug, then don’t be afraid to grab one while educating yourself on this material. First off, do you have a pet? Because wool comes from an actual animal, and is, in a sense, an animal’s fur, your pets, particularly the dogs, will be drawn to the wool rug much more than they might be to a synthetic carpet. We all know dogs can make a pretty big mess, but one that is usually cleaned up with some effort. However, if they decide to suddenly go number one or two on your wool carpet, you might never be able to get the stains out and clean the carpet fully. Not just that, but using certain chemical cleaners can maketroy_2950 it even worse because they ruin the carpet’s natural texture. You see how even a brief drop in caution can cause wool rugs to become throwaway material, so they definitely aren’t for everyone. A counterbalance to this increased need for care is offered in the form of wool rugs being spill resistant. Because wool naturally repels moisture, often when you spill liquid on the wool carpet, if you clean the spot as soon as possible, it will be sufficient and no further cleaning of the carpet will be required. Wool also offers natural fire resistance because the fibers extinguish themselves, so while it’s definitely possible to ruin wool rugs with fire, actually setting them on fire might prove difficult, whereas the opposite stands true for some lesser quality materials. So, while you likely don’t need to worry about your wool rugs catching fire anytime soon, actually dropping embers on them or igniting the woolen threads is a bad idea.

An Overview of What Determines A Good Rug Pad

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qualityrugpadsoverviewWhen in the market for rug pads, one's primary concern should be quality and not affordability. Rug pads are great tools for giving your carpet added support and utility, but the wrong choice of rug pad can often be detrimental or even fatal for the carpet in question. This usually happens when the customer is misinformed in regards to the different materials used and the compatibility of a particular rug pad with the carpet in question.

Rug pads not only come in different materials of all levels of quality but also in different levels of thickness, density and size, ranging from small rug pads designed to keep area rugs firmly in place to 8 x 10 rug pads supporting standard sized carpets in whichever way is needed. These factors all determine what the rug pad should and shouldn't be used for. A prime foam rug pad is going to provide excellent cushioning and comfort; its exceptional thickness and softness of the material will make walking across the rug above it feel like a breeze, and as such, they are best used for living rooms and similar rooms where comfort is priority. However, if one was to put such a rug pad underneath a rug that covers a high traffic area, with many people walking over the rug pad in shoes on a daily basis, the prime foam rug pad, while generally considered to be of good quality, would break down from all the wear and tear and possibly take the carpet down with it. This is because a rug pad simply doesn't perform well outside the environment it was designed for.

So, if you have a high traffic area on your hands and need a rug pad to help prolong the carpet's life and assist it against the constant wear and tear, you need sturdy padding that is ooverviewqualityrugpadsften best offered in the form of a dense and thick flat rubber pad. This will provide you with excellent support against all that traffic and you won't need to worry nearly as much about your carpet being destroyed. Similarly, it's best to avoid placing furniture on top of a carpet, and this stands especially true for heavy furniture, but sometimes the design of the room necessitates it. If you face yourself with such a case, look to get a hard rug pad of considerable density, as it will acts as a preventive measure in the battle against furniture marks that are known to sometimes ruin the carpet permanently.

In all the education about different materials and types of rug pads, don't forget the price of all the rug pads you need combined. While it might seem like a trivial cost, remember that rug pads vary not only in material but also in size, and the price of several high quality 8 x 10 rug pads is no joke for many, especially when you add it on top of the 8 x 10 rugs you purchased that were likely a considerable expense on their own. So, while shopping for rug pads, never forget your budget, and if needed, get only rug pads for the carpets that need them most.

Exercising Caution When Choosing A Rug Pad

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Your choice of rug padding should always reflect the utility you need added to your carpet most, and not personal desire or what sounds nicest. The choice of the carpet can often be a long and complicated process for many, and the choice of the rug pad is often similarly complex. This is not only due to the large variety of materials used for making rug pads, each with its own set of pros and cons, but also the use that the rug pad will be seeing. The material more often than not directly determines the quality of the rug pad as well as what the rug pad can be used for.cautionchoosingpadWhen looking into buying carpets, calculate exactly how many carpets you will get and what their size will be. The rug pads need to match the carpet's exact size, so if you are getting an 8 x10 carpet, know that you will also need an 8 x10 rug pad. Once the size and quantity have been determined, consider the price of all the rug pads combined. Try not to have it exceed your budget while also ensuring the quality is up to a certain standard. The larger the rug pad and the better the material, the steeper the price. Rug pad thickness is also another factor potentially increasing the price.carpetsizesThere are rug pads that do more harm than good, and those are often rug pads with which saving money is the primary concern. The worst of this bunch is the free rug pad offered by the rug vendor, as these are infamous for causing the carpet to sustain more damage than it would even without a rug pad. While it can be tempting to forgo the cost of a larger rug pad, like the 8 x10 rug pad, try not to think of it in such a way. If you use a free rug pad to save money and it damages your carpet, you accomplished the opposite effect – you actually lost money because you will have to replace the carpet much sooner. This means you are much better off paying a little extra up front for a quality rug pad than paying several times its price in the not too distant future.

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Urethane foam rug pads are another type of rug pad that can often be detrimental instead of providing the carpet with benefits. Because of the very cheap materials used to manufacture these, as well as the manufacturing process being focused on reducing the cost and mass-production, these pads lack in quality and have a good chance of staining your carpet beyond repair. 

If you are getting a rug pad for your home, it's likely it will be under a carpet that you intend to use for years, if not decades. This only becomes possible if the correct rug pad was chosen, as carpets, especially those under a lot of traffic, can be very vulnerable to wear and tear. It's not just about the quality of the material, but also its compatibility with the specific carpet you will be using it for. Check with the rug manufacturer to ensure there isn't a mismatch between the carpet and the rug pad you are getting.

Choosing The Right Rug Pad Based on Your Carpet’s Location

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Do not fall into the trap of those telling you that you don't need a rug pad under your carpeChoosingRightRugPadt, or that it won't offer you much in terms of carpet protection and added utility. Those people are usually the ones whose carpets break down after a few years, either because of excessive wear and tear without a rug pad to alleviate some of the load or because they are not diligent with their carpet maintenance. In truth, getting a quality rug pad for your carpet is just another form of maintenance, and it shows a level of care for one's carpet that will allow it to stay pristine for long periods of time.

Another reason the naysayers don't advocate rug pads is because of their cost. A single 5 x 8 rug pad made from a cheap material costs almost nothing, whereas a couple of high quality 8 x 10 rug pads can cost several hundreds of dollars. There is also the option to get a free rug pad from your rug vendor, but with the level of quality these rug pads have, you are usually better off waiting until you can afford a proper rug pad made from quality materials and one that is suited for your carpet – something you must check for with the manufacturer as the incorrect rug pad can ruin your carpet.
RightPadLocationThink about the location of your carpet and ask yourself: what is missing? Your carpet might be providing an insufficient level of comfort for you, your family and friends that like to sit and walk on the carpet without shoes. If this is the case, consider either getting a prime foam or a wool rug pad. Since prime foam is synthetic, many instead prefer to use wool, but caution needs to be exercised when cleaning related to the humidity level in the room, as fiber rug pads can rot, developing a foul odor and almost certainly requiring you to replace them.


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Maybe you have two medium sized carpets in your home and need some 8 x 10 rug pads that will offer support against the furniture pressing into the carpet. This is a common problem for people who do not wish to rearrange their rooms but also don't want a smaller carpet on their floor. In this case, density is the key, and you need to look for a very sturdy rug pad offering the best possible support in the face of constant pressure from heavy furniture. Using a hard material such as flat rubber or frothed foam will ensure your beloved carpet doesn't contract any of those nasty furniture indentations – not only do they look ugly and ruin the overall look of the carpet, they can also be impossible to get rid of once the furniture has rested on top of the carpet for long enough. These are only some of the options available when choosing your rug pad material, and you need to take the time to carefully study the good and bad sides of every material and see how it translates to your budget restrictions before making a decision.

Choosing the Right Rug Pad with your Budget in Mind

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rightrugpadbudgetIf you are buying a brand new carpet, you have more likely than not been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different carpet styles, textures, shapes and sizes to choose from. There is a carpet out there for everyone, but the issue is often sifting through the seemingly endless amount of carpets that don't attract you or are only somewhat appealing to you. Then, once you have found your carpet, you need to worry about the price and whether it comes in the size you require.


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What you might not be aware of, however, is that carpets are supposed to come with a form of protective padding underneath it, designed to provide various benefits to its user. With smaller area rugs, a rug pad can offer sliding protection and added stability for the carpet, keeping it firmly in place in the face of traffic. A larger size rug requiring an equally large rug pad, such as an 8 x10 rug pad, which is one of the standard sizes for these pads, can provide you with added comfort and cushiness. Many people use their carpet as a surface to sit or lie down on, and certain rug pads are designed specifically with providing the users with cushioning and insulation. Sound and temperature insulation are a common feature of many of these rug pads.

Sound insulation is an important factor for many, as the footsteps can generate a lot of noise, especially if there are people in the room below. Temperature insulation, while not such an important factor for some, still offers even greater comfort by adding more padding between the floor and the rug. In the winter, the room floor can get considerably cold, so for those with people sitting down on the rug, especially children, this can be an important factor.soundinsulation
The material used for manufacturing rug pads is the key component whenever choosing the appropriate rug pad. If you have a larger carpet and, consequently, need a larger rug pad, like the 8 x10 rug pad, the choice of material is going to make a big difference in price. Some rug pads are made with very inexpensive materials, such as scrapped foam, but these pads are usually of subpar quality and can stain your carpet considerably. It's probably not worth saving a couple of extra dollars if it means irreversibly ruining your carpet with yellow stains with a rug pad made from cheap foam.

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On the other hand, if you are opting for a more quality material, like natural rubber mixed with felt, you need to be mindful of the size of the rug pads and the amount of rugs you wil be using them under. Multiple rug pads for large carpets are an expense of their own, and need to be carefully considered when planning how many carpets you are buying and what their size will be. Without being able to afford quality rug pads for your carpets, they might wear down over time, especially if they are experiencing a lot of traffic on a daily basis.

Different Types of Rug Pads and Their Uses

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typesofrugpadsCarpets are an important accessory for any room that one wishes to make more inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Because they are so varied, every room can be outfitted with the exact carpet that will make it shine and have everyone feel much more comfortable. Getting the right carpet is only part of the equation, however. For each rug that you purchased, you should be looking to purchase a rug pad of matching size – a 8 x10 carpet needs a 8 x10 rug pad.

If you have never heard of rug pads, you are likely wondering what they are and why you should bother adding an additional expense when your rugs were already quite pricey, especially if you bought multiple ones. The truth is that, without choosing the right rug pad for your carpet, your expenses might very well end up being even greater, as the carpet will wear down or even become destroyed over time. On the other hand, choosing a rug pad of lesser quality materials can speed up the wear and tear your carpet experiences as well as severely staining it.
typesofpadsMaterial is key when choosing the correct rug pad, whether you are thinking in terms of price or quality. Some of the materials are designed for high traffic areas and form rug pads with a lot of resistance from underneath the carpet. These are great for hallway carpets that are subject to a lot of traffic every day of the week, as those are the ones that require the most support and are most likely to experience wear and tear. Another location that is prime for a rug pad of particular sturdiness is the bottom of a carpet that lies beneath furniture. Furniture can cause nasty indentations that, if not dealt with in a timely fashion, can ruin the carpet beyond repair. With the appropriate rug pad, this can be prevented because the hardness of the rug pad will prevent the holes from ever forming.

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On the other end of the spectrum, you have rug pads that are made with comfort in mind. These rug pads don't focus nearly as much on some of the more practical utility of the aforementioned carpet pads, and instead look to provide their users with the greatest cushiness possible. They are often very thick as they act as a form of cushioning, yet remain soft and supple for anyone sitting on them, even for prolonged periods of time.

 An 8 x10 rug pad beneath your rug can provide an added level of comfort for the entire family, but it often doesn't do much in terms of carpet preservation. You need to decide exactly what type of utility you require by your rug pad, as there is no one rug pad that does it all, contrary to what some would have you believe. This is also why you should never use the free rug pad given to you by the carpet vendor, as rug pads are a highly individual choice even if we don't keep in mind the very low quality of free rug pad materials.

Knowing What Rug Pad Materials To Avoid

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carpetsChoosing the exact type of rug pad that best suits you and your needs, as well as those of your carpet, might not be your priority when you are already choosing between the many different types of carpets, but it should. It's not enough to simply pick the right carpet based on looks, price and how it adds up to the room you will be placing it in. You need to be mindful of the type of location this carpet wil be resting upon and choose the carpet pad in accordance.

Rug pads are truly varied pieces of utility offering something for every need the customer might have, provided they choose the correct one. The right pad can mean the difference between supplementing your carpet with an added set of benefits or increasing the rate of wear and tear. It's not enough to simply use the generic 8 x10 rug pad given to you by your rug vendor, as those are usually of downright horrible quality. Not only will they not offer you the benefits that you need, they will actually look to wear your carpet down sooner than it would if it was using no rug pad whatsoever.

rugpadtochooseAs long as you choose a rug pad made with the right materials and one that is compatible with your carpet, you have nothing to worry about. Keep an eye out for rug pads made by cheap foam scraps bound together by chemicals, as they not only sound unhealthy and like a potential hazard but also directly cause your carpet to develop yellow stains that can be impossible to remove. This type of foam material is very appealing to some because of its relatively low price, especially in comparison to other rug pad materials, as an 8 x10 rug pad made from bonded urethane can cost half the price of a flat rubber rug pad, or even less. 

However, the price associated with replacing your carpet once it has stained can more often than not be higher than any one rug pad would have been, even several times over. Therefore, see a more expensive rug pad as an investment, as it will extend the life of your carpet daily and possibly allow it to be used by generations to come.
materialstoavoidWhat sets rug pads apart from one another is their intended use, or rather, what they bring to the table. Some pads are perfect for giving your carpet additional soft padding that comforts anyone sitting down or even those that are just walking across barefoot. Other pads are designed with sliding protection in mind. Many area rugs are small because their purpose is primarily a decorative one, but because of their size, they can often slide underneath one's feet as they are walking over the rug. This can even cause some nasty accidents that are completely preventable  with the appropriate choice of rug padding. Make sure to correctly evaluate the type of utility you need most and not look to have a rug pad that does everything.

Why Rug Pads are Another Form of Carpet Maintenance

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padsmaintenanceGetting the right rug pad is all about knowing precisely what you need it for. While the advantages of rug pads are numerous, they are specifically related to the different materials and processes used while manufacturing. Rug pad manufacturers create rug pads with certain goals in mind in terms of the utility they provide, and there is no such thing as a rug pad that caters to everyone's needs. In fact, rug pad uses tend to be narrowed down and because of this, getting the right rug pad often requires meticulous research into the various differences between rug pads and the materials they are made of. While, for example, sliding protection is a major reason many will opt for a rug pad, a lot of quality rug pads simply come without it as they are designed with different goals in mind. The manufacturers feel that the rug pad caters well enough to several groups of customers and therefore feel no need to add additional functionality. This is normal when comparing rug pads and not considered a sign of inferior quality.

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Caring for one's carpet is just as important as choosing the right one for you and your needs
, and part of carpet care is certainly having an appropriate rug pad. Of course, the rug pad itself also needs to be cleaned, but usually, it's the rug pad that will be caring for the carpet, nurturing it with the type of utility that was previously lacking. The first thing to consider is your budget. Just like carpets, carpet pads come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and materials, creating a wide range of prices. You can even get a free rug pad from the company that sold you your carpet, but, as you might imagine, these are of poor quality and aren't going to give you what you need. On the other hand, 8 x 10 rug pads that are made with several pricier materials, especially natural ones like certain types of felt or rubber, can have a hefty price that not everyone can afford, especially if the carpets they are getting the rug pads for weren't expensive to begin with.

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Because of this, it's best to reach a middle ground between price and quality. Have the price of the rug pad reflect the price of the carpet in some way, but, if the carpet was fairly cheap, don't instantly go for the cheapest rug pad out there, as the cheap ones can actually ruin the carpet over time, whether by staining the carpet with some of the industrial chemicals used in manufacture or simply by adding unnecessary wear and tear. You can get affordable rug pads, even larger ones like 8 x 10 rug pads, made with materials that are of satisfactory or better quality, as long as you look hard enough. Try to look for discounts on rug pads and, in the case of larger rug pads, make transportation easier by using an online shop with free delivery and have them brought to your doorstep.