The quality of the carpet padding is just as important as the quality of the carpeting itself. If the padding is too thick, the carpet will not stay attached to the tack strips. Therefore it may pull away from the wall, causing wrinkling and other unwanted results. If the pad is too thin, it will negatively affect the performance of the carpet. A pad that is too soft can also cause the carpet to wrinkle due to the fact that the carpet stretches underfoot.
Residential carpet installations, according to Mohawk, the cushion thickness should be no less than 1/4 inch and no thicker than 1/2 inch. Density ranging from no lower than 6 pound through 10 pounds. This density would be dependent upon your individual needs. This is what makes the pad feel soft or firm.
Mohawk SmartCushion™, Mohawk’s engineered carpet cushion, adds even more comfort to your home by enhancing both the feel and performance of your already astounding Mohawk carpet.
For starters, SmartCushion is made from a combination of ViscoElastic Memory foam and premium white
urethane foam to produce a cushion as tremendously soft as it is durable.
Additionally, the Spill Safe moisture guard keeps spills from seeping into the cushion. No more re-emerging stains; clean-up is a “one-and-done” process with SmartCushion. Plus, there’s no need to worry if spills are not treated immediately: antimicrobial additives to the moisture guard inhibits the growth of mildew, mold, and fungus.
SmartCushion’s deep foam construction creates quieter, more energy efficient rooms by improving your carpet’s sound insulating qualities. Superior Insulation Value (2.1), Sound Transmission Class rating (54), and Impact Insulation Class rating (72) means a more peaceful, tranquil setting where you desire it most- the home!
As a CRI Green Label product for air quality, SmartCushion is also a shining example of our mission to better the planet while improving your quality of living. Made from recycled foam trimmings, our environmentally-friendly cushion is non-allergenic and contains 90% post industrial
As well, Mohawk SmartCushion extends the life of your Mohawk carpet in the form of the ultimate warranty upgrade.
Common Mistake: Carpet Stains
The re-appearance of stains is often caused by whatever it is, let’s say juice, being absorded into the pad and then re-appearing on the face of the carpet once you walk on it. This is so common, I have decided to write these tips describing the problem of re-occurring stains.
The solution: Purchase a quality Carpet and Pad
- First, make sure the carpet has a lifetime stain warranty, such as Mohawk SmartStrand® with DuPont Sorona® or the EverStrand® carpeting, which both have lifetime stain warranties.
- Second, purchase a pad that has a plastic coating on the top, such as Mohawk SmartCushion®, so when you do spill something, it does not seap into the pad ruining it. This will make cleaning easier and stop those stains from wicking up and re-appearing on the face of the carpet.
- Third, make sure the installation team understands the purpose of the plastic coating and uses adhesive tape on all of the joints to protect any liquid from flowing between the pad joints and getting under the pad.
Make sure your installation starts with the best product, the best price, and professional installation…one last piece of advice…gimmicks are no substitute for the right product. Don’t be suckered. Check out our Top Ten Things to consider when purchasing carpet. Good luck to you.