How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

Updated: April 12th, 2024

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Carpet can make a huge impact on how your home looks and feels. Although proper maintenance can dramatically extend the life of carpeting, sooner or later, carpet will outlive its usefulness and the need to be replaced. But, how do you know when carpet has reached the end of its life cycle? Here are some signs to look for to help determine if it is time to replace your carpet. Ask yourself the following questions:

1. Is your carpet matted down?

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As carpet ages, the fibers can change shape and the padding underneath can eventually flatten out due to continuous daily wear. If you see worn imprints in high-traffic walk areas, this may be a sign that your carpet is experiencing excessive wear. Once carpet tufts (see illustrations) fall over and lay down it may be very difficult to get them to return to their original upright position. In this situation, even having your carpet professionally cleaned may not provide renewed life. Major matting could be a sign that you need to replace your carpet.

2. Is it permanently stained?

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Are you covering up stains with furniture and area rugs when cleaning fails to remove them? When carpet has reached the end of its life, you may notice spots and discolorations that are difficult to treat. It may not matter how well you have cared for it over the years or how many times you’ve had it professionally cleaned. Sometimes, there is only so much that can be done to keep carpet looking new.

When carpet stains occur, they can spread out beneath the top layer of the carpet. If most of the spill seeps beneath the surface (see illustration), over time, it could reappear. While a professional carpet cleaning can typically help eradicate most stains, as your carpet ages, stains can set in. You may find there are some spots that just refuse to fade away. That would be a good indication you should consider replacing your carpeting.

3. Are you moving?

So you’re ready to move. In a competitive housing market, staging your home and prepping it for potential buyers can be crucial. From the basics of staging and decluttering, don’t forget to consider how your carpet will look to potential buyers. Dingy, dated carpeting can stand out like a sore thumb. Consider upgrading your carpet to help attract the right buyer and help get your home off the market faster.

4. Does your carpet make the room smell?

If you own a pet or haven’t cleaned your carpet in a while, you may notice a lingering smell. Old carpet can emit what some people describe as a stale and dirty smell. Cleaning the carpet might even make the smell worse. In cases like this, replacing the entire carpet could help eliminate the odor and refresh your room.

Do any of these things sound familiar to you? If so, it could be time to make the move and get new carpet. Schedule a FREE In-Home Estimate today!

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