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Advanced Comfort Series


triple protection

Microblend®

Ultimate support, maximum comfort, and luxurious feel

Rubber XD™

Extra Durable, plush, pliable feel underfoot for support and comfort

DuraPlush®

Long-lasting durability and superior cushioning

Plus Series


dual protection

Bonded Plus


Rubber Plus


Standard Series


Bonded


Fiber


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A history of carpet padding

From humble beginnings to a global industry

Rug-making has been popular form of art for thousands of years. Middle Eastern countries are well-known for their fine rug-making, including Turkish rugs and Persian carpets. However, it wasn't until the twentieth century that people began adding a layer underneath their carpet for comfort and insulation.

Carpet pad usage eventually expanded, as people realized the benefits. Early carpet pads were comprised of cattle hair, which was a byproduct of the leather tanning industry. The resilience and durability of cattle hair made it the popular choice for carpet padding. However, with the increased growth in tufted carpet sales in the 1930s through 50s, cattle hair became more scarce. To accommodate this scarcity, the composition of carpet padding changed, becoming comprised mostly of the jute plant, due to its similarity to cattle hair.

By the end of World War II, sponge rubber carpet padding was designed to meet the ever-increasing demands for tufted carpet. This new carpet pad was made out of natural rubber or one of the new synthetic rubber substances tire companies developed during the war. Sponge rubber is produced as an elastic mass containing interconnecting cells. The sponge-like effect of the carpet pad is reached by combining blowing agents and rubber, and subjecting them to intense heat.

In recent decades, synthetic fiber carpet pads have seen rapid growth, although they still account for only 5 percent of carpet pad industry. Synthetic fiber carpet pads are made using recycled carpet fibers, such as nylon, polypropylene, and polyester. These fibers are needle punched together, a process by which matted layers of synthetic fibers are punched with needles into a scrim and intertwined to form a mat of fibers.

Today, the majority of carpet padding is made of rebond polyurethane foam. Approximately 700 million pounds of polyurethane foam trim is collected from manufacturers around the word. The trim is shipped to carpet pad manufacturers across the U.S., where it is reused for bonded carpet padding. This makes rebond polyurethane foam one of the world's most widely recycled materials.

Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, carpet padding has become more sophisticated, allowing performance to improve through new and innovative processes such as DuraPlush®, Microblend®, and Rubber XD® Technologies. These advancements in carpet padding not only make the home much more comfortable, they are designed to insulate making the home more energy efficient, reduce noise by dampening airborne sounds, and some feature antimicrobial to work to inhibit the growth of mold, mildew, and odor causing bacteria.



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Carpet pad doesn't get the marketplace attention it deserves. Few people talk about it. There just hasn't been enough education on how quality carpet pad is the source behind the comfort and added durability in your carpeting.

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What about the environmental impact?

All our pads qualify for LEED® building credits. And our bonded foam choices are 100% recyclable and made with 100% recycled materials. We're proud that our products have a minimal impact on the environment.


All Leggett & Platt carpet pad choices are environmentally friendly.