Pet Proof Carpet Padding? Is This A Wise Investment?

There are few things more exciting than new carpet!  If you’re in the market and you have pets, be sure to expect to hear all about pet proof carpet pad.

Keep in mind when you’re purchasing carpeting, you’re also investing in carpet padding.  Carpet pad is a layer of dense foam that sits between your carpet and your sub-floor.  Just like carpet, you’ll have many choices ranging in quality and price.  The sales staff will likely offer you the latest and greatest in carpet pad.  Just do your homework to make sure you’re getting what you need.

A Word About “Pet Proof” Carpet Padding

Moisture proof or pet proof carpet padding has been on the market for several years.  This type of carpet pad is specifically designed to repel moisture, most commonly in the form of pet urine.  Pet or moisture proof padding is also more expensive than regular or upgraded carpet padding.

Does Pet Proof Carpet Padding Work?

Yes and no!

Here’s what you should know.  Pet proof carpet pad DOES NOT stop your pet from having accidents on the carpeting.

When carpet is exposed to pet urine, the liquid must go somewhere.  Pet proof carpet padding does not make urine magically disappear or stop your pet from having accidents.

When the pet proof carpet pad is installed correctly, the urine stays on top of the padding and is trapped between the bottom of the carpeting and the top of the pad.

Since the urine can’t go anywhere it ends up saturating the back of the carpeting rather than being absorbed by the pet proof carpet pad.  This will result in a larger area of carpet being exposed to urine damage.

The Good, Bad and Ugly

Pet proof carpet pad can make urine removal easier for your carpet cleaner because the urine has not saturated into the pad.  However, it will be more widespread on the backing of your carpet.

Imagine this.  Your pet has had an accident on your carpeting.  The urine soaks through the carpet and will not be absorbed by the padding.  Since the urine has nowhere to go, it will simply spread across the surface of your “pet proof” pad and contaminate a larger area on the back of your brand new carpeting.

Urine on the back of your carpet can cause delamination, which means the carpet begins to separate from its backing.   Basically, whatever is spilled on your carpet will remain there and spread out since it doesn’t have the option of being absorbed into the pad.

A word of caution, don’t be fooled by the words “pet proof”.  Pet proof carpet pad REPELS moisture.  When installed correctly, it will keep moisture and urine from soaking into your carpet pad.  But remember any urine or liquid that is spilled on your carpet will go somewhere; either into your carpet pad or be absorbed by the carpet backing.  You must decide what’s best for your home.

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