Quality rugs have a habit of improving homes they are placed in, but they always come with an added sense of responsibility. Once you have gotten a more expensive rug, you will often start obsessing over it, trying to eliminate anything in the vicinity that might cause accidents. But if you did buy such a rug, hopefully you were also instructed in the various types of rug pads and the benefits they provide, and chose the right one for your rug. You are ready to take all the necessary steps to care for your carpet, but what steps are you taking to guarantee proper rug pad care? Or did you think such a thing wasn’t of concern? If you wish to keep your rug pad in pristine condition for as long as possible, you will have to treat caring for it no different than you would treat caring for that expensive rug of yours. The methods often aren’t that far from each other. Whenever cleaning your rugs, look to also clean all the rug pads underneath them as well. Start off by lifting your rug pads in the air – do not simply leave the rug pad lying down as there can be ample dirt and debris between the rug pad and the floor – then taking them outside for a good shakeup.
Next, examine the rug pad to check for any traces of dirt still lodged in. If there are some left, you will need to vacuum the entire rug pad carefully to remove it. This is all part of appropriate rug pad care. Once done with dry removal of debris, you are ready to clean the rug pad manually with a mixture of detergent and water. Sponges or rags work well to apply the detergent. After cleaning, you will need to completely dry out the rug pad before restoring it to its original place. How you choose to do this largely depends on the material your rug pad is made of. Fiber will likely take quite a bit longer to dry and so you might want to leave fiber rug pads outside of your home until they can dry properly in the sun. A collection of moisture inside the rug pad is often overlooked and can lead to rotting, bad smell and being left with no choices but to discard your rug pad. You may have noticed that rug pad care is a lot like rug care itself, and you are right: dust off, vacuum dirt, rinse, apply detergent, rinse again and leave out to dry.
Let’s hope this helps you keep in mind that it’s just as important to clean your rug pads as it is their carpets, because a dirty rug pad placed back under a clean carpet is a fast track to having that carpet dusty and dirty again in record time. Cleaning the same carpet twice in a short period of time or having to buy whole new rug pads because the previous ones rotted seems like a lot more effort than adding some care for the rug pads whenever cleaning your carpets.