Cleaning a rug pad is easy. What a person really has to do is wash it with a mild soap or detergent, rinse it out and put it in the sun. The durable rug pad will not break from the sunlight or dry up since it resistant to almost all forms of atmosphere. Since it is water resistant, washing it will not damage it. A rug pad is the easiest thing to care for. Storing a rug pad, however, is a slightly more challenging issue. Sometimes, homeowners get rid of, or simply move the rug or carpet the pad is holding and protecting. The floor or rug is not damaged, so the rug pad is often stored away, ready to use another day. Since it is a durable, strong pad, people assume it cannot be damaged. A rug pad is durable, not invincible. It does tend to get damaged, especially if not stored correctly. The proper way to store a rug pad can mean the difference between an intact rug pad and one broken from bad storage.
Proper Way to Store a Rug Pad:
One of the most important pieces of information to keep in mind when storing a rug pad, is to keep it clean; wash the rug pad before storing it. Have it completely dried before putting it in a storage room. Keeping an unwashed rug pad for storage is a big mistake on the part of the user. Not keeping it washed will ultimately cause the rug pad to have nasty insects biting holes into it, looking for food and scraps still stuck inside. Proper place Putting the rug pad in a protected environment which is not too dry and not too damp will keep the rug pad safe. The basement, if well ventilated and kept clear of damp spaces, will be ideal for a rug pad, since it will stay in there for a long time.
Wrap it up
Keeping rug pad safe from the environment and air is just as important as storing it. After cleaning the rug pad it is imperative to wrap it up in a water resistant paper. Generally a high-density polyethylene fibre made paper will be enough. It keeps the rug pad from getting wet in case the atmosphere around gets damn or the storage room gets flooded. It allows air to pass through and nothing else, so keeping the rug pad wrapped in it is a good idea.
Do not roll it
A rug pad can keep a rug from losing shape, but the pad itself will lose shape if rolled. Rolling it up will leave creases into the face of the rug pad and wrinkle it up. When it is opened after a long time, not only will it be curved, but cracks will appear on the surface of the pad. This will interfere with its functionality. Keep it away from water A rug pad may be water resistant and water proof, but it is still not completely secure from damage. Keeping it in a material that will let the pad keep water away is crucial. There is little chance of the water eating away at it, but the rug pad might soak up the water and end up stinking. The stagnant water inside the pad will eventually start to smell and cause damage if left for a long period of time. So keeping it away from water is essential.
Clean every once in a while, if stored for a longer period of time, open the rug pad up, a thorough cleaning, drying it and putting it back is important. This adds to the overall care and comfort of the pad. It keeps it lasting longer. Rug pads are very easy to take care of. They are easy to store, so all one needs is the proper instructions to have the pad taken care of and they will last longer.