You do everything you can to prolong the life of your home furnishings, but at some point, you have to accept that most things don’t last forever. Rugs, in particular, experience a lot of wear and tear so it is good to keep an eye on how they are holding up. 

Many times you are able to mend damages and clean stains, often with the help of a professional, but occasionally your rugs end up harmed beyond repair. Here are some signs that tell you your rug has met its end and that it’s time to start looking for a replacement:


Molds produce allergens that can be irritating, cause allergic reactions, and even be potentially toxic to you and your home. Even though mold spores are naturally present in the air, the danger comes when they land and build up on damp places that contain dust, like rugs and carpeting. 

At first, mold growth is not visible, so if you find that your rugs are starting to show signs of mold growth, it’s most likely too late to reverse the problem. Common signs of growth include visible rings or spots of discoloration, wet padding under your rugs, and unexplainable odors coming from the material.  

Like we mentioned, mold can be tricky to spot so if you suspect that your rugs have started growing mold, the best way to find out is to ask a professional!

Flood Damage

If your rug has suffered flood damage, it is not necessarily ruined for good. While a completely soaked rug is not ideal, there are a few factors to consider when assessing flood damage like how dirty the water was and how long it sat wet.

If the flood water contained sewage or dirt, or sat in water for over 48 hours, your rug is probably finished. On the other hand, if the water came from a clean water line and was cleaned and dried right away, you may be able to salvage it.

Permanent Stains

Believe it or not, there are some stains the professionals can’t even fix. If you find a stain that has been sitting for a long time or is just not budging, it may be done for. Stains can become embedded into your rug fibers and even break down the material in some cases. That is why it is so important to clean up spills asap so your rugs last as long as possible.

Permanent stains are not necessarily harmful to you or your home, so deciding to get rid of your rug based on a stain is purely a personal choice. Large stains can be quite an eyesore if you are aiming for a crisp and clean aesthetic, but if a stain is small, you might be able to conceal it with some creative furniture placement. 

Springer Floor Care is Here to Help

If you are debating whether or not you need to toss your rug, give the experts at Springer a call! Our specialists, who are certified in rug cleaning and repair, can accurately assess the condition of your rug and recommend next steps. 

We understand that rugs are an investment and can hold sentimental value, that is why we provide honesty and trustworthy service to keep your rugs in excellent condition. Visit our website to schedule your service today!