The lifespan of your carpet greatly depends on the quality, care and usage over time. Even those with the best carpet caring practices in place will eventually have to replace theirs. Some signs are obvious while others can be hidden. If you’re unsure of the state of yours, here are 6 signs it’s time to replace your carpet.
1. Noticeable Stains
Does your carpet look like a map of past stains? Do you find yourself rearranging your furniture to cover them? If you have several big stains across your carpet that won’t come out, you should consider replacing it. Not only do these stains look unattractive, but they also could be concealing mold underneath. Certain stains, such as pet urine and vomit, can cause bacteria to build up under your carpet. If you discover mold stains on your carpet, the only way to safely take care of the problem is to remove it completely.
2. Visible Wear and Tear
This is most likely to happen in high traffic areas such as hallways. Rips and tears are difficult to repair on carpets. If yours has multiple, it’s often easier to just replace it. Another wear and tear issue carpets face is matting. This is most commonly seen in polyester carpet fibres. Once they lose their tuft, they will not return to normal. Professional cleaning may help, but it’s not guaranteed. If this is an issue you do not want to deal with in your new carpet, consider nylon carpeting for your replacement. Nylon is typically more resilient and responds well to cleaning when matted.
If you want to try cleaning or repairing your carpet first to see if it recovers, click here to find a carpet cleaning company in your area. If you’re ready to replace it, click here for carpet retailers.
3. Unpleasant Odor
Is there a lingering smell that you can’t seem to track down? It could be coming from your carpets. If you have a pet or haven’t had your carpets cleaned in some time, it’s normal to notice a slight smell. However, if you have had your carpets cleaned and you can still smell it, you might have a bigger problem on your hands. A lingering smell could indicate that the scent has buried itself deep into the carpet fibres, padding, or subfloor. In extreme cases, it could also be a warning sign that mold has grown beneath the carpet.
If this is the case with your carpet, it’s often more cost effective to replace the whole thing instead of having it cleaned multiple times. Ready to get rid of the stench? Click here to get a new carpet installed.
4. Worn Out Padding
The padding beneath your carpet is what gives it that comfortable, plush feeling. Without proper padding, a carpet is nothing more than a piece of fabric on the ground. Padding also helps to soundproof between floors and can help improve insulation. Over years of use, your padding will eventually become flat and worn. It can also absorb smells after years of spills that cannot always be taken care of with a regular carpet cleaning. Signs of old padding include a crinkling sound when you walk on it, uneven appearance and wrinkles.
If your padding is the issue and it needs to be replaced, click here to connect with a carpet installation pro who can help you get the bounce back in your step.
5. Increased Allergy Symptoms
From pet stains to spilt drinks, it’s clear our carpets go through a lot. Because of all this, carpets also catch and retain more allergens than you would think. If you’ve noticed your allergies are acting up more than usual, your old carpet could be to blame. Even with regular cleanings, allergen particles can still be burrowed deep inside the carpet.
If you’ve had enough of constantly cleaning your carpet, you’re better off replacing it. Click here to find a carpet retailer near you.
6. It Looks Dated
Trends change, people change, but somehow your shag carpet never did. Even with the best care, carpets only last 5-15 years. Sometimes the best reason to get something new is that yours is old. If you’ve had the same carpet for the past 30 years, it’s likely it’s full of stains, smells, and who knows what else. Give your home a much-needed update that will not only make your home look better, but you’ll also feel better too.
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