Did you know the oldest surviving carpet is over 2,000 years old? Yes, it’s true. The famous Pazyryk carpet was found in a burial mound in Siberia. Its colors have faded, but its intricate patterns and decorations are still visible.
Obviously, the carpets in your home are not as old as that one. Even so, they may be showing signs of wear and tear.
Are you wondering if it’s time to replace the carpeting in your home? How long does carpet last, and how do you know when it’s time to invest in new carpeting?
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. Below we’ll go over how you’ll know when it’s time to replace your carpets. Read on!
1. A Lot Of Visible Stains
It’s possible to hide a couple small stains under furniture. But, if you’re scrambling to move things around to cover up multiple severe stains, it’s time for new carpet.
This is especially true if the stains persist after a professional cleaning. Most carpets now come with a stain-resistant finish. This protection fades with time, though, leaving you vulnerable to potential messes.
Trying to remove stains with DIY recipes gleaned off of the Internet will usually make them worse. The same is true for store-bought cleaning products, which often contain harsh chemicals.
As for biological messes, like vomit or pet urine, they can often be cleaned up if you act fast. But, unfortunately, these substances are eventually absorbed by the carpet padding.
That can lead to an unhealthy mold or mildew problem underneath your carpeting. In that case, you have no choice but to replace the carpet.
2. Old Carpeting And Wear And Tear
You might be using furniture and small rugs to cover up not only stains but also tiny rips and tears. If there are just a few small rips, you can probably get by.
But, if there’s matted carpet, large tears, or significant wear and tear on your major walkways, it’s time for new carpet.
If it’s matted down, and the carpet is made from polyester, there’s no way to fluff it back up again. Polyester doesn’t work like that.
What’s more, older carpets that have seen a lot of foot traffic generally can’t be restored. These are all signs that it’s time for a replacement.
3. Your Carpet Has A Funky Smell
If you have a pet, your carpet may tend to be a bit smelly. But, after a professional cleaning, those smells should go away. If not, the odor has penetrated deep into the carpet fibers, the carpet pad, or even the sub-floor.
You may also have a mold or mildew problem underneath the carpet. Again, that means you have to replace the carpeting.
Furthermore, older carpets tend to trap dirt and dust more than newer ones. If yours is on the older side, and smells persist, it’s also time for something new.
4. Don’t Forget About The Carpet Padding
When thinking about your carpet, it’s easy to forget the padding underneath. But, it’s the padding that helps support the carpet, making it comfortable to walk on and lay down on.
As mentioned above, cleaning the carpet doesn’t necessarily mean the padding gets cleaned as well. In addition, if you spot any unevenness or wrinkles in your carpet, it’s a sign your padding is old and needs to be replaced.
If the carpet is still in good condition, maybe you can replace just the padding. If not, it’s time for both items to go.
So How Long Does Carpet Last?
How long does carpet last? If your carpet is well taken care of, it should last anywhere from five to fifteen years.
But, if your carpet has seen better days, why not contact us to talk about replacing it? We’d love to hear from you!