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Types of Carpet Padding

Types of Carpet Padding

Does your carpet wear out too soon? Perhaps, you need to get your carpet padded in order to increase its lifespan. Find out the different types of carpet padding that can not only increase the lifespan of your carpet, but also make it plush and more comfortable, in this DecorDezine article.
DecorDezine Staff
A carpet pad is basically used to increase the life of a carpet by protecting it from the impact of abuse, and wear and tear. However, a carpet pad or cushion could serve another purpose as well. It can make the carpet more comfortable and give it a luxurious look. Carpet padding can also absorb sound, and make the interior of your house warm.

Buying the Right Carpet Padding

Foam padding, bonded urethane padding, waffle rubber padding, flat rubber padding, and fiber cushion are the major kinds of carpet padding, that you can install to prolong the life of your carpet. So, let's find out more about them in this article.

Foam Pads
A foam pad is usually made from the scraps of urethane foam that are mostly taken from car seats and other foam products. It comes in different thickness and densities. Foam pads are more suitable to be used in places with low traffic. An important fact about this pad is that foam does not properly adhere to the carpet, and its cushioning effect can cause the carpet to move up and down. This can eventually cause the padding to break down within a short time.

Bonded Urethane Padding
Bonded urethane foam, also known as rebond, is made from the scraps of urethane foam left over from the manufacture of furniture and mattresses. The scraps obtained during the foam-making process are also used for this purpose. To make this carpet pad, high density urethane foam scarps are bonded together. Bonded urethane pads come in various thickness and densities.

However, a chemical known as butylated hydroxytoluene is used in these cushions, which can cause the carpet surface to turn yellow over time. This problem can be solved by using white vinegar or other mild acids, and then a detergent solution for cleaning the carpet. Bonded urethane is one of the most popular types of carpet padding.

Flat Rubber Cushion
There are basically two types of rubber padding - flat and waffle rubber padding. Flat rubber carpet cushions are great for giving that touch of luxury to your home. This type of carpet cushion is also considered to be quite durable, and it can provide long-lasting protection against wear and tear. However, flat rubber padding can be a bit expensive.

Waffle Rubber Padding
A waffle rubber pad is very soft, and is usually made from spongy rubber material. It is characterized by a waffle-like texture having hills and valleys. The carpet sits on the raised areas (hills) of the pad. This means that the padding includes a lot of air, which makes the carpet softer to feel.

But, waffle rubber pads may fail to provide enough support, and they can break down after a period of time. However, today's waffle pads are considered much better than the pads that were available in 1970s and 80s. While purchasing waffle rubber pads, consumers are usually advised to look for the products rated more than 90 ounces.

Fiber Padding
Fiber carpet pads are manufactured from natural, as well as recycled fiber. Sometimes, they are made from jute as well. Even recycled textile fibers and synthetic carpet fibers are used for this purpose. Fiber padding is known to give a firm feel to the carpet. This type of carpet cushion can be quite long-lasting, and resistant to mildews and molds.

While buying a carpet pad, the most important thing to be considered is the kind of traffic that the carpet and the pad are likely to get. Thin and dense pads can work well for areas with high traffic, while a thicker carpet cushion can be installed in an area with low traffic. As far as the cost is concerned, it can vary greatly depending on the type of padding you choose for your project. Apart from the types mentioned above, you can find another carpet cushion in the market, which is known as berber padding. Berber padding is specifically manufactured for berber carpets.
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