It's easy to write off a rug pad as superfluous yet difficult to repair a rug that's been damaged. Save yourself the hassle later and purchase a pad today to protect your investment.
Rug pads are designed to keep both your rug and your family in good health. An unpadded rug will cause those treading on it to trip, leading potentially to injury and inevitably to fraying along the rug's edges. A pad will keep it firmly in place. Pads also provide a space between a rug and the ground. Their porous texture allows dirt to fall through rugs' weaves and onto the floor for easy cleanup. In addition, pads' holes allow air to circulate and prevent odors, mold, and mildew from building in a rug. Combined with routine vacuuming and the occasional shake outdoors, a rug pad can greatly extend the lifetime of your rug, perhaps even allowing it to become an heirloom piece.