Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet
Has your carpet seen better days? Are you putting rugs all over it to cover wrinkles and tears, or rearranging furniture to cover stains? Are your kids scared to lay on it? Matted carpet, unravelling and significant wear on the main walkways are major signs your carpet is on its death bed. Here are some tips to help you know for sure if it time for new carpet for your home:
• Stinky carpet. If your carpet is in a high-traffic area with pets or kids running around and you haven’t cleaned your carpet recently, you will notice a lingering smell on your carpet. Odors penetrate deep into the carpet fibers and carpet pad and even worse, it may mean you’ve mold and mildew growth. It’s often more cost effective to replace the entire carpet completely than spend money professionally cleaning and the smell returning.
• Condition of carpet padding. Signs of old padding include an uneven look, wrinkles and a very hard feeling when someone walks over it. Carpet is nothing but a layer of fabric without the padding, so you need a good support and foundation to make your carpet comfortable to walk and lay on.
• Increased allergy symptoms. Older carpet can flare up your allergies! It can retain more allergens and keep them for longer periods of time (even after cleaning) which may cause your allergies to act up. If you notice an increase in allergies, it could be time to replace your carpet.
• Truth is, it’s old. Believe it or not, carpet doesn’t last forever, even with good care. When signs of wear are showing on the major walkways and the carpet fibers start losing their texture and tuft, it’s time. If you find yourself cleaning the carpet over and over and not getting the results you want, it’s time to lay the carpet to rest. Signs of old carpet include color loss, fading, matting, ripples, wrinkles and lack of padding support.
And then sometimes you are ready to get new carpet because you don’t like the style or color any more…
• Berbers tend to date your home and feel very 1980s.
• Mauve and deep, dark greens are colors that were popular in the 1990s and aren’t in vogue today.
• The good thing is neutral plushes never go out of style, but sometimes you are tired of “builder beige” and are ready for change.
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