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Out of sight, out of mind, the saying goes. Maybe that’s why the choice of a carpet pad — aka underlay or cushion — is often overlooked. Yet the right pad can make or break a carpet purchase because it plays a critical role in your carpet’s performance and appearance.
The main purpose of a carpet pad is to protect your carpet. The pad keeps the underside of your carpet from wearing against the bare floor. It also absorbs the impact from footsteps and furniture, lessening the stress on the carpet. In one study, carpets without cushioning lose, on average, 19 percent of their pile height from wear compared to a five to 10 percent loss for the same carpet with a separate pad.
Read more here from the Carpet Cushion Council Benefits, and be sure to ask about padding on your next visit to Floorcraft!