What Are Signs That Carpet Needs To Be Replaced?
There is a fact which needs to be highlighted before we even begin, the regular cleaning process of a carpet helps to extend the life, but torn and damaged carpets may need to be replaced. So what are some signs that carpet needs to be replaced?
The overall purpose of this post is to help you identify if you need to replace your carpet or if there is anything you can do to extend its life cycle. Keep in mind [...] you may be able to fix the problem of the carpet; a stain, odor etc. Proper maintenance can dramatically extend the life of your carpet. Every carpet that sees regular use will need to be replaced sooner or later. Some of the signs can be really obvious, but there are others that may be more subtle! As an introductory note let’s review the critical signs you should look out for which indicate a replacement possibility or a high possibility of actually repairing it.
Stains in carpet
Are you currently covering stains with furniture and rugs as the cleaning of your carpets have failed to remove them?If your house is starting to look like a minefield, it is clearly time for a replacement. Most of the carpets nowadays come with a stain-resistant treatment, but over time, the treatment fades and eventually leaves the carpet unprotected.
If you are not ready to replace the carpet itself, there are professional carpet cleaning companies that use steam extraction that goes into deeper places of the carpet, everyone loves cleaning the DIY method, but this is best left to the professionals.
Food, tea, wine and mustard are typically the toughest stains to remove. Stains caused by pet urine, feces, vomit, mold and mildew are usually easy to clean if done quickly. However if these biological substances are in delicate places they will eventually absorb into carpet padding, leading to mold and mildew which can cause health hazards.
Wear and tear on carpet
Do you remember the days when your carpet was luxurious and soft? Are those days over now? Are you putting rugs all over it to cover rips and tears, or rearranging furniture to cover defects? Are your kids scared to lay on it?
Matted carpets, tears and significant wear on the main walkways are major signs your carpet is on its way to having accomplished its lifecycle. Nylon carpeting is more resilient than polyester and responds well if you decide to clean it; even if it is matted down.
Do you own a pet? Or has your carpet not been cleaned in a while? This can cause a lingering smell on your carpet. But the odor can be gone or noticeably diminished after a proper and professional cleaning procedure. If it doesn’t go away, it means that the odor has penetrated deeply into the fibers, the pad or the actual sub-floor. It may even indicate mold and mildew growth.
If none of these procedures work it is sometimes even better to replace the whole carpet to eliminate odors before the actual smell penetrates the house or humidifies within it if you live in a hotter climate.
Condition of carpet padding
Padding is like the pillow under the case. The actual carpet itself is a layer of fabric and texture without the actual padding or carpet pad. The carpet pad helps to support the carpet, working as a foundation and making it comfortable to walk and lay on. It is resilient to sound and keeps a room quiet and even improves insulation.
Carpet padding itself can also absorb many spills. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the carpet protects the padding. Signs that you need padding replaced include unevenness, wrinkles and a crinkling sound when walked on.
Increased allergy symptoms
More than often older carpet can catch and retain more allergens and particulate matter, which may cause your allergies to act up. If you notice an increase in allergies, one source may be your older carpet.
How old is your carpet…really?
Is your house or home an older or rustic place? Are you still using shag carpets back from the 70’s that came with your house? Have you cleaned it several times and taken really good care of it? Well, carpet manufacturers usually say a carpet lifetime is around 10 years. After that it will show signs of wear and become matted. As your carpet ages, it starts losing its texture. Last but not least [...] signs of old carpet include but are not limited to, color loss, fading, matting, ripples, wrinkles and lack of padding support.