Carpet is not intended to last forever. While the rule of thumb is to replace the carpet in your home every 5-15 years, there are more specific signs to look for when considering replacing your carpet.
Time To Replace: Stains & Smells
Accidents, and spills happen. And, often times, they can be cleaned up or professionally cleaned. Over time however, some of these liquids can cause stains and on-going odors, that just won’t go away. This typically happens when the liquid seeps into the carpet fibers, and carpet cushion. If that stain will not come out, or there’s a lingering smell, that is a strong sign that it’s time to invest in new carpet.
Time To Replace: Matting
If you’re looking at your carpet and notice that the pile (density of the fibers) has started to stay matted down, it’s time to consider new carpet. Matting is a sign of age, and is typically found in areas that have a higher volume of traffic.
Time To Replace: Visible Damage
Large tears, burn marks and major stains are all reasons to consider replacing your carpet. In some cases, these issues can be temporarily covered by moving furniture around. Long-term, however, it will be important to consider replacing the carpet.
Time To Replace: Worn Out Padding
Carpet padding is laid down before your carpet, and helps block noise and make the carpet more comfortable. Carpet padding is not visible, but if you notice your carpet beginning to wrinkle, if it seems uneven while you are walking around, or if you hear a crinkling sound, the padding may have begun to wear out, indicating that it is time to replace the carpet.
Time To Replace: Allergy Increase
Dust, pet dander and pollen can become embedded in carpet fibers over time, even with regular vacuuming and professional cleaning. While these elements cannot be seen, they can be felt by those that suffer from allergies. If you start to notice an increase in sneezing or watery eyes while in a carpeted room, this may be a sign that the carpet is causing allergies to act up. Look into new carpeting, or to switch to a hard surface flooring instead (luxury vinyl plank, hardwood and laminate are popular options).
Time To Replace: It’s Not Longer The Style You Love
If the carpet in your home no longer matches your style, or just doesn’t work with your lifestyle, it’s time to replace it. Work with a design expert to select a new style, type and color that aligns with your current lifestyle.
Once your old carpet is removed and your new carpet is installed, be sure to vacuum it regularly and have it professionally cleaned every 18-24 months (or as needed). These maintenance tips will help to prolong the life of your carpet, and keep you enjoying it for the next 5-15 years.