homeowners will make the mistake of leaving the old material underneath the new carpet as padding. While the logic behind this might seem sound, carpet installation professionals have routinely advised against it. Caring for your carpet is important if you view your rug as a true investment. Keeping your carpet looking fresh and new means taking the time to choose a carpet that won’t fade or wear with time, cleaning your carpet with Olympia's green-certified carpet cleaner, and installing the proper padding rather than laying a new rug on top of an old one. It might seem tempting and you might imagine that the extra cushioning would only help to create a lusher underfoot feeling, but don’t be fooled. Failing to remove your old carpet could get you in big trouble later on. If you’re getting a new carpet, here are a few things you should know about installation and maintenance.