When is it time to replace your carpet?
Even if you choose to go through the hassle and expense of cleaning your carpet, stains may reappear or fibers may remain matted after cleaning. Follow these tips to help you decide when to replace or clean your carpet.
Take a closer look to decide why you are unhappy with your appearance. Is it stained? Does the pile look squashed or tangled? Are you over a decade old?
After deciding what you don’t like, look for the warranty or purchase receipt. This will identify the material of the carpet fibers. You can also take a small sample to a flooring store, so a salesperson can identify the type of fibers.
If you have your original warranty, there is probably a list of stains that the warranty does not cover. Otherwise, many warranties do not cover stains caused by bleach, mustard, teas, and certain medications. A carpet salesman can also alert you to stains that are difficult to treat. If you don’t know what substances are staining your carpet, you may want to replace it.
The fibers in your carpet and whether it has stain protectant will also affect its resistance to stains and dirt. When you get a new carpet, you can have Scotchguard applied to help resist stains, but it should be reapplied periodically for maximum effectiveness. You may have forgotten to reapply Scotchguard to your old carpet, so the carpet may not clean perfectly.
Sometimes carpet stains can become unsanitary or dangerous. You should replace the carpet that has stains from vomit, blood, feces or toxic substances.
You must also assess the condition of the fibers. If your carpet is matte polyester, cleaning will not rejuvenate the fibers. If the carpet is nylon or nylon-based, the condition of the tufts will likely improve with cleaning.
Carpet that is frayed in places, old, or unevenly worn will not benefit from cleaning. However, if your rug is not visually worn, but not laid properly, you can probably clean it and replace the padding.
Once you’ve considered the condition of your carpet, you may want to consider your lifestyle. Do you entertain yourself frequently? Are there specific high traffic areas? Do you have pets that can urinate or scratch a new carpet? Are your children old enough to tell you about spills? These factors will help you decide whether to buy a new carpet or clean your existing carpet.
Replacing your carpet can be money well spent if your carpet cannot be cleaned effectively, is worn, or is annoying for you. The new carpet provides the perfect backdrop to make the entire room appear fresh. Sometimes cleaning your carpet can improve its appearance. However, even if your carpet cleans well, it may need multiple cleanings over time, and these can be expensive. Plus, many carpet stores offer payment plans or interest-free options, so you can comfortably enjoy new carpet. Replacing your carpet can help you enjoy the interior appearance of your home.