As with carpet padding, the main purpose of rug padding is to help prolong the life of the rug. While carpet padding is standard procedure when a new carpet is being installed, rugs are often laid on the floor without giving padding a second thought. While some types of rugs can last a long time without padding, all rugs will last longer with the appropriate type of rug padding. The professionals at Oriental Rug Care NY can help you select the appropriate type of padding for your rug, and can custom fit it to all types of rugs. Rug padding helps to soften the impact you make every time you step on your carpet. In addition, rug padding helps keep the rug from sliding and can make the rug more comfortable to walk on. If you are not sure whether or not to get rug padding, you need to think about the type of rug you have. If your rug is thick, you don’t have to have padding, but it would still help prolong the life of your rug. If your rug is thin, soft, older, or structurally damaged, then padding is essential. Ultimately, however, the choice of whether or not to use rug padding is yours. If you decide to get rug padding, Oriental Rug Care NY can help you make the right decisions and get it installed right. If you make the decision to get padding for your rug, it is important to get the right type of rug padding to maximize the life of your rug. Rug padding can be a made from a wide variety of materials, ranging from synthetic foams to felt, rubber, and polyester. Of these materials, rubber rug padding tends to be the most problematic as it can develop cracks and even begin to crumble at its edges. Some types of rubber rug padding even begin to develop a gummy quality that causes it to stick to the floor—or the rug itself. Equally problematic are some of the synthetic foams, which often are so light and soft that they provide the rug with little to no protection. Since the idea of rug padding is to protect and prolong the life of the rug, it is important to use a better-quality material than rubber or synthetic foam. Polyester rug padding is an ideal choice, but any rug padding that provides the correct amount of cushion without damaging the rug is a good choice. A good rule of thumb is to recognize that the best rug padding often provides the least amount of comfort. While softer and lighter rug padding might feel better under your feet, ultimately it will do little or nothing to prolong the life of your rug. Always choose a firmer rug padding with just the right amount of cushion so that it absorbs the impact from your feet. Oriental Rug Care NY has the knowledge and experience to help you choose the best rug padding to meet your needs. Once you have chosen the type of rug padding you want, we can ensure that the thickness is exactly right and that it is custom-installed to fit your rug perfectly. If you are in the market for rug padding, look no further than Oriental Rug Care NY to meet all your rug padding and rug care needs.