Choosing 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. As 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. What 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.