Rug pads prevent shifting of the rug when it is walked on. Rug pads can increase the life of your rug by protecting it from shifting and rubbing on the bottom, which will cause a lot of friction, resulting in a prematurely aged rug. Placing a rug pad between the floor and your rug will help to lessen this damage and make your rug last much longer.
Most rug pads have ridges or bumps that are able to trap dirt particles that can become imbedded in your rug. These ridges and bumps will also allow air flow between your rug and the floor, which will help greatly when vacuuming your rug.
Over time, damage to your floor can be caused by collections of dirt and grime underneath your rug. These small abrasions can scratch your hardwood floors or wear down carpeting.
Rug pads provide for a more cushioned walking surface. They also help to provide noise absorption. Rug pads prevent a rug from bunching up, which will detract from its appearance.
Rug pads also help to prevent dyes from rugs staining carpet when there is a spill.