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Although carpet possesses its fair share of advantages, eventually, all things must be replaced. However, it can be difficult to tell when exactly it’s time for a carpet replacement. When is it time to replace your carpet, and how can you increase your carpet’s overall lifespan?
5 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet
High-quality carpet usually lasts a long time when properly maintained. However, particularly if the carpet in your home existed before you moved in, a replacement might be a better investment than a repair. Generally speaking, the following signs indicate that it’s time to replace your carpet.
1. Even professional cleanings can’t eliminate the odor.
Over time, gross odors from pets, smoke, dirt, spills, moisture, etc. tend to “settle” into your carpet. In the early years of a carpet’s lifespan, these smells can be handled fairly easily with thorough cleanings. However, carpet nearing the end of its lifespan typically hangs on to the smell, a great indicator that it’s time to invest in something new.
2. There is noticeable wear on non-high-traffic areas.
If you have never stopped to identify the high-traffic areas in your home, take a moment to do so. Generally, high-traffic areas include spots that receive steady footfall, including staircases, hallways, entryways, etc. The carpet in these areas tends to wear down quickly, which is not really a cause for concern – replacements can be made. However, if you notice wear on non-high-traffic areas, such as closets or corners behind furniture, that means the carpet is aging.
3. A variety of stains have set in.
Keep in mind the difference between spots and stains. Spots can be removed with warm water and cleaner. Stains are permanent. Unfortunately, particularly if you own white carpet, stains are inevitable. Eventually, no remedy works beyond replacement.
4. You notice an increase in allergy symptoms or respiratory infections.
Did you know that your carpet affects your indoor air quality? The fibers trap and harbor airborne pollutants, such as mold spores, pet hair, dust mites, dirt, etc. If left unattended, the allergens make a permanent home in your carpet and pose health risks to you and your family.
5. The carpet is simply old and outdated (not worth replacing).
If your carpet is old anyway and you notice any of the above signs, it’s usually less hassle to start from scratch. Otherwise, you run the risk of sinking money into repairs that will quickly return into a replacement anyway.
How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Carpet
Now, just because you notice one stain or one bare spot on your carpet does not necessarily mean you have to replace the whole thing. Often, small spots are treatable, especially when you employ preventive maintenance tricks. To increase the lifespan of your carpet, we recommend that you take these steps.
- Schedule professional cleanings twice a year.
- Vacuum weekly.
- Change your air filter to reduce the number of airborne particles in your home and prevent carpet allergens from accumulating..
- Thoroughly dry your carpet after all spills.
- Invest in a dehumidifier to prevent mold growth in your carpet.
- Keep scraps of carpet on hand in the event that a small repair becomes necessary.
- Make small replacements in high-traffic areas instead of replacing everything.
How Can Dalton Flooring Help?
Dalton Flooring has been doing business as a carpet and flooring store in Southgate for 40 years. We also have a new location in Rochester Hills, MI. We offer carpet consultations as well as installation from our variety of carpet selections. Whether you visit our store or choose to have samples brought to your home for a Free In-Home Estimate, we have a range of flooring designs and products to help you achieve your desired goals.