Moisture problems are common and can cause a big headache. For this reason, as you prepare to purchase a new carpet for your home, it is important that you also consider investing in a quality carpet pad. A carpet pad is simply a layer of thick foam that is placed between the floor and the carpet. And just like area rugs, they come in different qualities, sizes and prices.
One of the trendiest pads today that helps in curbing moisture spillage is the pet proof or moisture proof carpet pad. This is a rug pad that is specially created to deflect urine and any other form of moisture that is capable of absorbing through your carpet and into the subfloor. It is worth noting that pet proof rugs are made of high-quality materials so that they can serve their purpose adequately, and that they are relatively expensive compared to the regular carpet padding.
So, is it worth your investment?
Animal urine (dogs to be precise) is among the most common moisture problems that homeowners encounter. Whenever moisture gets into your carpet, it has to go somewhere, and that is where pet proof padding comes in. Although the pad does not get rid of the urine or other forms of moisture, it allows it to pool on top of it instead of penetrating to the floor. However, if you don’t get the urine up immediately, it will end up saturating the back of your carpet, thereby increasing the chances of damages on it. A general damage is the carpet delamination where the carpet starts to separate from its backing.
If you have a pet, therefore, a moisture proof carpet would be an investment worth making. For example, if you have a large pet with some bladder issues, you would expect a significant amount of urine to go down through your carpet more often. The urine of a large pet can effortlessly soak through a sub-standard pad and into your sub-floor. But with a quality pet-proof carpet, you can easily overcome that because it will protect your rug from any damages.
A smaller pet, on the other hand, may have fewer accidents that may not soak through a carpet pad. This means that if you use a rug pad, the urine would be trapped between it and the carpet, thereby exposing your carpet to more urine damage. Luckily, with the increased ultramodern carpet cleaning techniques, you can have this urine removed even without having to lift your carpet.
Installing a moisture proof carpet pad is definitely a valuable investment as it can keep liquids more contained rather than widespread. However, you should not allow yourself to get confused by the name pet proof as it only repels moisture and does not make urine disappear magically. And since the liquid or urine spilled on your carpet must go somewhere, either into the carpet backing or into the pad, your carpet padding must be installed correctly. Your installer must be a professional so as to ensure that all the gaps are sealed or otherwise your padding will be doomed.