When Should You Replace Your Carpet?

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Your carpet is one of the most important things in your home when it comes to comfort and aesthetics. It’s also one of the things that can take the most abuse, which is why it’s important to know when to replace it.

How Often Should Carpet Be Replaced?​

The life span of your carpet depends on a number factors, including the type and amount of foot traffic it experiences, as well as how well you take care of them. Carpet manufacturers recommend replacing carpets every 5-7 years with most lasting about this long. However, there are always exceptions depending on what brand or style they may be!

Generally speaking, low-pile carpets in low-traffic areas can last for up to 15 years, while high-pile carpets in high-traffic areas may only last for 5-7 years. If you have small children or pets at home, you may need to replace them more often. If it’s been more than 10 years since you’ve replaced your carpeting, if you have young children or pets, or if you notice any of the following problems, it might be time for an upgrade.

Stains And Spills​

No matter how careful you are, accidents happen. If you have kids or pets, chances are good that your carpet has seen its fair share of spills and stains. While some stains can be removed with home remedies or professional cleaners, others are here to stay. If your carpet is starting to look like a battlefield, it might be time for a fresh start.

Wear And Tear​

Even if you don’t have kids or pets running around your house, wear and tear are inevitable. Over time, foot traffic will take its toll on your carpeting, causing it to lose its luster. If you’re noticing thinning patches or areas of the high traffic that look especially worn, it might be time to replace your carpet before it becomes a trip hazard.

Allergies And Asthma Reactions​

If you or someone in your family has allergies or asthma, old carpeting can exacerbate symptoms. Dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens can become trapped in carpets over time, causing sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes. Updating your carpets can create a cleaner environment and help improve your family’s quality of life.

Carpeting Discoloration​

If your carpet has started to change color or fade in spots, it’s probably due for replacement. The sun can bleach areas of carpeting that get a lot of exposure, while high-traffic areas can start to look dingy over time. Either way, discoloration is usually a sign that it’s time for new carpeting.

Unusual Odors​

If your carpet emits musty odors, it’s probably due for replacement—especially if you’ve had the same carpeting for more than 10 years. Older carpets can harbor mold spores, bacteria, and other allergens that can cause respiratory problems or trigger asthma attacks. If you notice any strange smells coming from your carpets, have them professionally cleaned right away.

Get In Touch With The Carpet Experts At Floor Source​

Ultimately, the best way to determine when to replace your carpet is to have it evaluated by a professional.

Contact us to schedule a free in-home estimate to get started.

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