You use it every day, often without even thinking about it. But when it starts to go bad, it can really go bad. If your carpets are starting to detract from the gorgeous interior of your home with stains, odors, and allergens, it may be time to replace them.
Not sure whether to stick it out or call it quits? These seven surefire signs will tell you if it’s time to replace your carpet.
1. Stains That Won’t Come Out
A home is for living, so it’s no surprise that you’ll have a few spills here and there. While you may do your best to spot clean those trouble areas, over time, stains can become more and more stubborn, leaving your carpet dingy and spotty. A professional carpet cleaner may be able to help to some extent, but at some point, stains will set in permanently. Some stains are doomed from the start: wine, grape juice, blood, coffee, and ink stains can be tricky to remove if they aren’t treated properly and immediately.
2. Lingering Odors
Because of the padded, fibrous nature of your carpet, it can easily trap odors in your home. Professional carpet cleanings can reduce the smells trapped in your carpet, but over time, continual exposure to odors like pets and smoke may lend your carpet a permanent stench. When this happens, the only way to rid your home of the odors is to completely replace your carpet.
3. Mold and Water Damage
Carpet and carpet padding are both highly absorbent and may retain water and moisture in areas of the country with high humidity. Over time, this can cause discoloration and deterioration in your carpet. Mold and water damage may also be an issue if your carpet is in the basement or if your home has experienced any flooding, even if it seemed minor. Unfortunately, if water has been allowed to seep into the carpet padding, your carpet will likely need to be replaced.
4. Old Age
Over time, allergens and dust will build up in the fibers of your carpet. Even if your carpet has been regularly cleaned, there comes a point in its life that it becomes a health hazard to you and your family. Carpet padding also has a limited lifetime before it begins to disintegrate and become a problem for both you and your flooring.
5. Outdated Style
Bright shag carpet may have been all the rage in the 70s, but chances are your style has changed since then! You may have tried to work around the outdated style of your carpet, but there comes a point when you just have to throw in the towel.
6. Poor Shape
Due to the everyday wear and tear that your floor experiences, your carpet will likely begin to look poorly when the time comes to replace it. You may want to replace your carpet if you notice
7. Worn Padding
Without padding, your carpet is merely a layer of fabric on the hard floor. Padding will eventually lose its cushy body and become compressed and flat. Your padding and carpet may need to be replaced if you notice unevenness, wrinkling, or a crinkling noise when someone walks across the floor.
If you’ve gone through this list and decided it’s not yet time to replace your carpet, call Springer for carpet cleaning in the Des Moines area! We can thoroughly clean your carpets to remove stains, odors, and dirt, making your carpet like new again. Join our Forever Kleen™ Program to ensure your carpets continue looking brand new for years to come.