Every carpet eventually needs to be replaced, no matter how well laid. Regular cleaning can extend the life of your carpet, but most manufacturers estimate you’ll need a replacement after ten years.
There aren’t always obvious signs that you need to start shopping around. There are a few ways to tell when your carpet has reached its end.
Stains won’t come out
You can’t get rid of some stubborn stains even with professional cleaning, whether it’s from a spilled glass of wine or a new puppy. The minor ones can usually be hidden by furniture or area rugs. The damage may not be permanent, however, if the carpeting is unsightly and permanent.
Foul odors won’t go away
When you notice that deep cleans don’t eliminate the bad smells, that probably means the issue isn’t with your carpet alone – it could be with the padding or floor beneath the carpet. Depending on what kind of smell it is, you will handle it differently. If your pet is the root cause of the problem, you will likely need a replacement. Mold or water damage can cause a musty smell in your home. In that case, carpet replacement may be necessary after a mold remediation specialist takes a look at things.
There’s visible damage
Mold damage, for example, is far more significant than small burn marks on carpet. It’s possible for a flooring professional to patch a frayed area of carpet. It is best to replace your carpet if it has been flooded with dirty water or clean water has taken a long time to dry out. The pro can also tell you if the damage extends to the floor beneath your carpet, and how to fix it before it worsens.
You have increased allergy symptoms
Dust, pet dander, and pollen that embed in carpet fibers over time can be difficult to remove. If you or your loved ones notice more sneezing, itchy eyes or coughing, it may be that the problem is beneath your feet. The Mayo Clinic recommends using a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter or opting for linoleum or hardwood if you’re truly concerned.
The carpet is old
In the end, patching your carpet and deep-cleaning it won’t fix it. It’s probably time to move on if you notice matting, faded color, or that the padding just doesn’t seem to be there anymore. A carpet can be re-stretched if there are ripples or wrinkles. This is an expensive repair, so talk to a carpet expert about whether it makes sense to fix it or replace it.