The Question: What is the best underlay for carpet?
We find out with the Hexapod wear test challenge
To demonstrate what the best underlay for carpet is we conducted a Hexapod Tumbler Test which is used by the ACCS to assess anticipated short term and long term appearance change in the texture and colour of carpets. Their assessments of texture and colour change are made at 1500 cycles (simulated 9-12 months in service) and 8000 cycles (3-4 years in service equivalent). In addition, the ACCS conducts an ongoing program of carpet floor trials to assess the predictability of the Hexapod across a wide range of carpet constructions. The trials are being used to monitor in situ appearance retention with corresponding Hexapod tests. Carpet Institute of Australia
A Quality Underlay Will:
No Carpet Underlay
Standard Premium Underlay
Although far better than having no underlay under your carpet, signs of wear are evident with standard underlay after testing. With a minimum thickness loss of 9% and a max of 11%, the carpet fibres, like the underlay flatten.
No signs of wear: With excellent retention properties the Luxe Underlay Collection is the best underlay for carpet providing far greater support underneath, extending the lifespan of the carpet for longer.