A rug pad is often a rug’s best friend and companion. It complements the rug in many ways, adding functionality and prolonging its life greatly. Yet the rug pad can also be the carpet’s detriment. Improper choice of rug padding can wear down your rug, stain or even destroy it completely, as well as damaging the floor upon which it lies. But even if you take all the steps to ensure the rug pad type is in accordance with the type of your rug, lack of appropriate rug pad care can often bring the carpet down. You must understand that choosing which rug to buy and choosing where it will be located is far from everything you need to do for your carpet. Yes, picking the right rug padding is a step in the right direction, but just because you know you picked a material that won’t stain your carpet doesn’t mean you are ready to place the rug pad underneath the rug and forget all about it. Choosing the right functionality is most important, but once you have gotten and placed your rug pad, it’s your turn to ensure you can experience its benefits long into the future, and you won’t be able to do that without proper rug pad care. A rug pad is its own object and as such requires its own dedicated care, however small it might be, or smaller compared to rug care. Rug pads are often made from fiber, rendering them, in a sense, not unlike a carpet. So in a way, it’s like having one or two more carpets underneath your main one. If a liquid pours through one carpet, would you clean that one and ignore the others? Of course not. But many people don’t think like this when it comes to rug pads, and are then stuck buying new ones after a while because the old ones were ruined by lack of care. If liquid is to spill onto the carpet, you must immediately think of the rug pad as well. More likely than not, you have a fiber rug pad that immediately started soaking that liquid in. If you leave it unattended, extra cushioning and sound insulation aren’t the only things your rug pad will provide you with – there will be a repugnant smell as the rotting inside of the pad becomes gradually worse. So the next time your carpet gets soaked in liquid, consider how exactly you will dry the rug pad so that there isn’t any humidity left. Depending on the type of liquid, you might need to first wash the entire rug pad with water and detergent and only then see about drying it thoroughly. While you can offset some of the risks related to humidity compromising the rug pad by opting for a more industrial material, such as flat rubber, this does not mean you can let your guard down as you will still need to dust or even vacuum the rug pads regularly to maintain their cleanliness in the face of constant traffic.