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You search high and low for the perfect rug then just plop it on the floor without so much as a second thought, only to have the inevitable happen: Dents from heavy furniture, annoying wrinkles, or worse—potentially an accident slipping on a wonky corner. The obvious fix here is a rug pad, but the better approach would have been to get one before you had a reason to.
While safety is first on the long list of rug pad benefits, did you know that rug pads can actually extend the life and condition of your area carpets and floors? And that’s not insignificant because rugs—and flooring—can both be major investments worth protecting. But before you buy just any old rug pad, there are a number of key details to keep in mind when