Carpet is an investment that can last anywhere between five and 15 years depending on the amount of traffic and how well you maintain it. Because the life of carpet has such a large range, you may be unsure about what you should look for to determine when your carpet needs to be replaced. In today’s post, we will provide you with a few tips that should help you indicate if your carpet is reaching the end of its life and needs to be updated.

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Depending on where you have carpet in your home, stains can be unavoidable, especially if you have young children or pets. A few stains here and there are normal, and while you may be able to clean some of them right away, there may be other stains that just won’t budge regardless of what methods you try to remove them.

If your carpet has more than a few stubborn stains, it may be time for a replacement. There may be some stains that you can cover up with a coffee table or a rug, but once you start seeing stains in areas you can’t cover, it’s best to cut your losses and replace your carpet with something new and fresh. You may even want to consider a different type of flooring that is a little more stain resistant. If that’s the case, don’t hesitate to reach out to Gateway Design & Home in Loveland to speak to a member of our team.

Worn-Out Padding

Padding is what goes under your carpet to give it that nice squish and bounce that makes it comfortable to walk on. When you first install your carpet, it may be nice and soft, but over time, heavy foot traffic can compress your carpet padding and wear it out. Once your carpet padding is worn out, walking on the carpet can become less comfortable and possibly even cause damage to your feet if you’re standing on it constantly. In addition to losing the nice squishy feel, carpet padding can also absorb spills that don’t necessarily get cleaned up when you clean your carpet. For this reason, if your carpet padding is feeling a little worse for wear, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to replace both your carpet and the padding.

Bad Odor

Carpet has a way of absorbing odors, whether it’s from spills, smoking in the house, pets, or some other sort of activity that may result in smelly carpets. As mentioned earlier, cleaning your carpets can sometimes help with strong odors, but if the smell has absorbed into the carpet padding, cleaning may not do the trick. If you notice that your carpets still smell after they’ve been cleaned, the most effective way to get rid of the smell is to completely replace your carpeting. Smelly carpets can often indicate that the odor has seeped into the carpet padding, or that you have a mold or mildew problem from areas that haven’t been properly cleaned.

Wear and Tear

A little wear and tear is normal for carpet, especially if you’ve had your carpets for years. You may have tried to fix snags in your carpet on your own or covered up some areas with rugs, but if your carpet has seen better days, you may want to consider replacing it. Areas where the carpet fibers are missing or huge snags can leave your carpet looking a little ragged, which is not the best impression to leave on any guests in your home.

Increased Allergies

Similarly to how carpeting can absorb odors, it can also absorb allergens. While regular vacuuming can help keep the dust and allergens at bay, if you’re not vacuuming as often as you should, it can result in allergens building up in the fibers. As a result, you may find that you’re experiencing allergy symptoms more than usual. Instead of increasing your dosage of allergy medicine, consider replacing your carpet or updating your flooring with something that may not hold onto allergens quite as much.

It’s Outdated

Your carpet may be in excellent condition physically, but styles of carpet can change quickly, and your current flooring may be outdated and no longer fit the aesthetic of your home. While there are many practical reasons to replace your carpet, there is nothing wrong with replacing old carpet simply because it’s outdated. Because carpet can last as long as 15 years, it’s not uncommon for some styles, colors, and patterns to go out of style.

Ready to Get Started?

If you are interested in updating or replacing the carpet in your home, Gateway Design & Home in Loveland can help! We offer an extensive collection of flooring options, including various different styles of carpeting, and we are more than happy to help you find the perfect solution for your home. Explore our website to learn more and give us a call to request an appointment at our flooring showroom today!