How Often Should Carpets be Replaced?

Carpets do not only look amazing in your home, they offer warmth and comfort to you and your family too. They also witness and endure a lot of use and abuse over their lifespan. Everything from spills of various kinds, children rolling around on them to household pets tracking in all sorts of dirt and debris.

But you can’t help but wonder, how long should a carpet last and how often should carpets be replaced?

Although the manufacturers of the different types of carpets will give you an estimate of how long the carpets should last. There are always other factors that will play a role in how long they will actually last in reality.

In this article, we cover the average life span of the most common types of carpets used in a home. We include a few other things for you to look out for that will help you decide whether it is time to replace your carpet.

The main factors that contribute to how often should carpets be replaced are as follows:
  1. 1
    The type of carpet you have installed in your home
  2. 2
    How much traffic your carpet gets daily
  3. 3
    How well you take care of your carpets
  4. 4
    The signs of wear and tear to watch out for
The type of Carpet SmartVacuumGuide

Carpets’ life expectancy, durability, looks, and feels among other things depend a lot on the type of fiber that is used to make the carpet. Below are the common types of carpets used in a home and how long you can expect them to last?

  • Nylon is the most durable type of carpet and should last up to 10 years.
  • Polyester carpets last anywhere between 5-15 years
  • Triexta carpets can last ten years or more.
  • Wool carpets last more or less 8-10 years.
  • Olefin carpets only last on average between 3–5 years, especially with heavy traffic and soiling.

How much traffic your carpet gets

How much traffic your carpet gets SmartVacuumGuide

There is no set amount of time as to when to replace a carpet because no household is the same. The same type of carpet can be installed in two different houses but with different amounts of traffic. The carpet in the house with the least traffic will last longer

Another example would be that you could have the same type of carpet installed throughout your home. But this does not mean that all would need replacing at the same time. An example of this would be the carpet on your staircase or passageway that gets a lot of traffic a couple of times a day may need to be replaced more often than a spare bedroom that is rarely used.

The type of traffic you have in your home, for example young kids and pets who are running around in your home also play a role in when you might need to change carpets.  With the heavy foot, traffic in your home will result in your carpet wearing down and may fray or tear in certain areas.

How well you take care of your carpet

How well you take care of your carpet SmartVacuumGuide

Taking the good and proper care of your carpets will help you to extend the life of them. So how do you take care of your carpets?

  • Vacuuming your carpets regularly – at least once or twice a week and more for high traffic areas
  • Remove spots, spills, and stains immediately or as soon as possible
  • Deodorize your carpets with products that help to eliminate odors and not just cover them up
  • Deep steam clean or wash carpets at least every 12 months. It is best to call in the professionals who will use the best quality products for your type of carpet
  • Always make sure that you carefully move heavy furniture around on your carpet. This is to prevent flattening and damages of the carpet in those areas
  • Don’t allow walking on the carpet with sharp heels and heavy boots as over time this could cause damage to your carpets
  • Avoid too much sunlight because exposure to too much sunlight can cause the colors of your carpet to fade

If your carpet is showing signs of wear and tear

If your carpet is showing signs of wear and tear SmartVacuumGuide

Many different types of carpets should last a long time, anything between 5 to 15 years. But however, there are several signs of wear and tear that you can look out for that will indicate that a replacement is needed.

  • Removing stains has become impossible and covering them up with rugs or different types of furniture is not helping anymore
  • If there is a bad smell that you can’t seem to get rid of even after cleaning your carpets thoroughly. This means whatever has caused the bad smell has seeped deep down into the carpet and even the padding.
  • The color has noticeably changed or faded. This can be due to exposure of too much sunlight or you have used the incorrect cleaning detergent for your carpets
  • Bald patches or flatten fibers in the areas that get a lot of use over the years
  • Signs of fraying or your carpet is torn in certain places that are beyond repair
  • No more padding-left under your carpets – walking on your carpet feels like you are walking on bare floors that are uncomfortable
  • You start to experience health issues due to old and dusty carpets that won’t come clean, no matter how many times you vacuum and steam clean them.
  • If there has been excessive water damage to your carpets as this will leave stains and cause a buildup of mold and mildew

To sum it all up on how often should carpets be replaced, will depend on four main factors. Factors like the type of carpet that you have installed and the care you show it over the years. Included is also the level of traffic your carpets have to endure daily and noticing the signs of wear and tear.

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