History of Carpet Pad

To keep your carpet long lasting, a carpet pad will do the trick. A carpet pad is also called an underlay as it serves as the foundation where the carpets are installed. No matter how expensive and high quality your purchased carpet is, padding is definitely a must to preserve its lifespan. Carpet and carpet padding should go hand in hand, making each other’s performance improve. If either one of them is compromised, collective failure will likely to happen.

History of Carpet Pad

Earlier carpet pads were made from cattle hair, a by-product of the leather tanning trade. Since cattle hair is durable and resilient, it has been an in-demand choice for carpet or rug underlay. But due to the enhanced growth in tufted carpet trades from the 1930s to the 1950s, cattle hair became more limited. To resolve such shortage, manufacturers changed the composition of the carpet padding. Since, the jute plant is somewhat similar to cattle hair, this is what was used.

History of Carpet Pad

As World War II ended, sponger rubber carpet came to existence to meet the growing demands for tufted carpet. This is produced as an elastic mass with interconnecting cells. A combination of rubber and blowing agents leads to the sponge-like effect of this carpet pad and subjects it to massive heat.

In the current decades, there has been an apparent rapid growth of synthetic fiber carpet pads. Such synthetic padding came from recycled carpet fibers like polyester, nylon, and polypropylene. The fibers are needle punched altogether into a scrim and interwoven to come up with a fiber mat.

These days, most carpet paddings are made from rebonded polyurethane foam. There is an approximate 700 million pounds of polyurethane foam trim gathered from manufacturers across the globe. The trim is being shipped to carpet manufacturers all over the US, wherein it is recycled to become bonded carpet padding. With this, rebonded polyurethane foam has been known to be one of the world’s most reused materials.

With the advent of technology, carpet padding nowadays has been made even more sophisticated and comes with premium quality. And from its history, we know it has gone through thick and thin.

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