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Tips to buy the perfect carpet pad

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/31/2006 | Home Improvement

Every home speaks of some sentiment. And every homemaker dreams to give a perfect look to the decoration of her home. Her in no way reduces the role of men in a household or in the making of a home but still the women play the sensitive role in converting a house into a home. True! Will you defy this? 

The vital part of every home as you too will agree deals largely with the flooring and the floor coverings. Yes the carpets! Till this point everything was just running as smoothly as Mrs. Smith had thought of. Mrs. Smith one of my colleagues has two kids, thus keeping carpets clean with the desired plush and softness becomes next to impossible for her. She turned to me asking for a reliable solution.

Do you know about the carpet pads? She couldnt pose a definite answer and whatever she said at the end point gave the synopsis of a carpet and not a carpet pad. Carpet pads in other words are often known as carpet cushions. These are placed under the carpets to increase the density so that every square inch area of your feet that exert pressure on the carpet gets reduced. And on the other hand you can experience a better and smoother compression every time you step on the carpet after the carpet pad has been installed.

What are the features that will ensure the carpet pad is perfect for your floors?

v      The area or the location where the carpet will be placed determines the key line of buying carpet pad or cushion. Sounds a bit unclear? Well it is the traffic holding capacity that fixes the suitability of the carpet pad on a particular floor. If its your bedroom, then obviously this is a private zone and few pounds of pressure gather around it daily. Therefore the padding for carpets need not have that wearing capacity, as it is required for the living room or kids room.

v      Carpet pads are made from foam, rubber or fiber. Rubber is best for high moving regions, near bathrooms and along the porch. Foam does well in case of sophisticated furnishings. The thickness in inches is richer in foam where as fiber has a more elegant appeal.

v      The use of natural fibers in carpet cushions date back from those days when carpet making originated in this planet. Though nowadays synthetic fibers can be easily weaved into different thickness and weight to make firm and lush feeling carpet pads. Use of Jute and similar other natural fibers in the form of carpet pads mark the cultural heritage and the adaptation of ethnic style with the latest designing. 

v      What more can carpet cushions or pads provide apart from density and firmness? Warmth and relaxation! These are not simply the caressing qualities of a carpet pad but have more to do with the scientific causes behind their placing. Carpet pads can easily absorb loud noises of boots and function as a better heat insulator.

v      Whenever you wish to buy a carpet pad follow up these attributes and always check that they satisfy the FHT/HUD specifications.

v      As Mrs. Smith is more concerned on the maintenance part of the carpet, you can fully depend on carpet pads as they dont allow the carpet fibers to get smashed or tear-off very easily. The space between the carpet and the floor has this protective coat of the carpet pad. Thus the bearing capacity of the carpet to hold weight is increased and whenever you clean it with vacuum cleaners, the procedure is easy to conduct with more perfection.

In order to give long life to your carpets, always use carpet pads before installing them on your floors. Mrs. Smith seemed happy with the solution and gave a sigh of relief. She felt that she would have done injustice not allowing her children to play inside the house. And you?