You may be one of those people that takes great care of your carpet with weekly vacuuming and spot treating every stain that occurs. However, even the most maintained carpets won’t last forever. So how can you tell if it’s time to replace your carpets? Below are 4 telltale signs that it’s time to consider replacing your carpet.
One of the first signs that your carpet is in need of replacement is when the pile begins to stay matted down in the most frequently trafficked areas. This is especially true for carpets that are made of polyester fibers; once the pile begins to lay down due to heavy foot traffic, there’s not a whole lot you can do to get it to stand up again. Even getting your carpet professionally cleaned may not restore it back to it’s prime condition.
2. Permanent Stains
Even if your current carpet has a stain-resistant finish when it was installed, this treatment gradually fades away over time, leaving your carpet vulnerable to stain-inducing accidents. It’s not always possible or in the budget to call a carpet cleaner out for every bit of spilled juice or pet accident. Thus, we treat spots at home. Some spots can become permanent stains, especially if not treated right away or when applying harsh chemicals.
3. Worn-Out Padding
Your carpet padding provides a level of cushion and resilience, and it’s what makes your carpet comfortable to walk and sit upon. Not only that, your carpet padding also provides a noise buffer as well as insulation for the floor. General wear and tear over time will eventually reduce the performance of your carpet padding, and once it’s worn out, there’s really no other option except replacement.
If you start noticing wrinkles, unevenness or a crinkling sound under your feet when you walk on certain areas of your carpet, that’s a pretty good indication that your padding might be on its last leg.
4. Old Carpet
Believe it or not, carpet doesn’t last forever, even with good care. Most manufacturers say carpet should last for 10 years with proper care.
After 10 years, signs of wear show on the major walkways and the carpet fibers start losing their texture and tuft. If you find yourself cleaning the carpet over and over and not getting the results you want, it might be time to lay the carpet to rest. Signs of old carpet include color loss, fading, matting, ripples, wrinkles and lack of padding support.