Buying a carpet seems to be the final step, but more often than not, it ends up being the first. When going through all those carpet materials, all those different colors and textures, as well as sizes and shapes, it can really seem like choosing the right carpet is a feat on its own. However, that’s when reality kicks in and you realize: I have a carpet, now what do I do with it? Some of us that are meticulous enough already know the exact spot and position for their rug. Others will spend hours trying to find that perfect spot that makes the rug stand out in all the right ways. However, both will soon realize that there’s a lot more to carpets than buying it and placing it. What about proper rug care and rug pad care? We hope that sometime around buying your carpet you realized a rug pad will probably come as a nice touch of added functionality, and decided to get the right one for your carpet. Now, you not only have a rug to maintain, but also the carpet pad underneath. Many opt for fiber rug padding because it feels more natural to them, and indeed, some types of foam padding can cause stains to the carpet. But did you know that fiber rug pads can absorb moisture from all angles, eventually rotting? Think about the time you spilled a drink over your carpet. You cleaned the carpet’s surface with water and detergent and let it dry in the room, perhaps just by opening a window. However, you let it slip your mind that the rug pad absorbed several liquids without being properly dried out, which will lead to rot and bad smell. You often won’t be able to figure out where the smell comes from, and by the time you do, or simply by the time you realize there’s a problem with the rug pad, it will be too late and you will need to throw it away. Avoid this by always keeping proper rug pad care in mind. When you are cleaning your carpet, start cleaning the rug pad by lifting it off the floor –many people forget that there’s a space between the carpet pad and the floor, a space where unpleasant things can easily accumulate. Shake it off and dust it outside of your home in a way that removes all possible debris, and if that doesn’t cut it, be ready to vacuum the rug pad just as you have done with the carpet. Also clean the floor where the rug pad is situated with water and detergent, but don’t forget that if you place a fiber rug pad on a wet floor, it can absorb that humidity. Depending on the state of the rug pad, you might also want to clean the pad itself with water and detergent before returning it back under the carpet. Don’t worry about any stains on the rug pad appearing as those will go away once it’s completely dry.