The tell-tale signs that your carpet needs replacing
If any of these apply to a carpet in your home, it is probably time to replace your existing carpet!
If your carpet is becoming frayed or permanently flattened in places and using the brush attachment on your vacuum can’t fluff it back up to its original state, it is definitely time to replace it. Some rooms of the home bear the brunt of our family’s foot traffic – think hallways and stairs in particular. You will probably notice carpets in these rooms showing signs of wear and tear after a few years.
While carpets tend to be much more colourfast these days, harsh sunlight can still take its toll. You might not even notice until you move your furniture around. If the carpet that has been covered by your furniture for the past few years is a noticeably different colour from the carpet that has been exposed to direct sunlight through the windows, the only solution is to replace your flooring.
Accidents will always happen, especially in family homes. Over time, all those small stains that were barely noticeable when they first occurred will make your carpet look old and dirty. It is always easiest to remove stains as soon as they occur, but persistent stains can be extremely difficult or even impossible to remove. If your carpet is littered with multiple stains and you are unable to remove them, it is time to replace it.
If you feel that your carpet has a stale or musty smell that you can’t get rid of, it might not be too late to do something about it. A deep clean with a carpet shampoo might remedy the situation and have your carpet smelling fresh and new once more. If you have already tried this, there’s not much else you can do besides call in a professional carpet cleaner or replace the whole thing.
Remember that if you decide to replace your carpet, there are plenty of things you can do to keep it looking as good as new for longer. Placing doormats at your front and back door will prevent people from traipsing in the dirt and debris that can get trapped in carpet fibres or cause staining. Speaking of stains, removing any spills as soon as they occur will give you the best chance of removing them completely.