Home owners love their carpets, and they would love them even more if they weren’t always such a hassle to clean. When you’ve placed a carpet on your floor, especially an expensive one, it will tend to seem like a big target for all manners of stains, from simpler ones like spilling your drink, all the way to the truly nightmarish ones like animals going no-no right in the middle of the carpet. Yeah, that’ll ruin your day, if it hasn’t already ruined the carpet. Another thing that carpet owners worry about is traffic. More specifically, is the current amount of traffic the carpet is experiencing causing it to wear down, and how much more traffic can it experience before further wear and tear occurs? These are all reasonable concerns, but many can be alleviated with the right choice of rug padding. In case you aren’t familiar, a rug pad is a type of padding that’s a lot like a bigger, sturdier rug that you place underneath your own rug for what is best described as additional support. Now, this support doesn’t always come in the form of keeping the rug in place. While some rug pads are designed to do just that, some specifically with the sliding of small area rugs in mind, many other rug pads are manufactured with a whole other set of benefits in mind. These often show in the form of added comfort through various means, not the least of which is a thick layer of padding between whoever’s sitting on the carpet and the hard floor. Temperature insulation is also an important factor in this, as the hard floor can also be quite cold during the winter. Of course, with a rug pad centered around comfort, you will have to sacrifice some other functionality, but it will likely be one you didn’t need in the first place. That’s why choosing the correct rug padding is vital to make the most out of your home. If footsteps in the room above are driving you nuts, another type of insulation to consider is noise reduction. Placing the correct carpet pad beneath a carpet can eliminate the thudding noises of footsteps almost completely. Since we already mentioned rug pads that act as supporters against movement or sliding of the carpet, we could also mention ones that act to support the carpet against furniture. If you couldn’t avoid placing that heavy furniture on your rug, you should immediately look into a dense rug pad that will push the carpet back against the furniture and prevent furniture marks from ever occurring. This type of rug padding will usually be the exact opposite of the cushioning rug pads you would get if someone was playing on the carpet, but it is equally if not more important. As you are quickly coming to realize, the right rug pad can protect your carpet against permanent damage coming its way primarily in the form of wear and tear, so investing a little more for the correct one will be like investing into carpet insurance.