We obviously do our best to try and extend the lifespan of carpets for as long as possible, but nothing lasts forever and eventually carpeting will have to be replaced. But how do you know when that moment has arrived? We’ve seen thousands of carpets over the last 40+ years in Arvada and the surrounding area, and there are numerous indicators that tell you that a carpet is past its best. In this post, we’re going to discuss what these are so that you can tell when it’s time to invest in a new one.
When Professional Carpet Cleaning Isn’t Enough
Don’t get us wrong, carpets can last for years and years, and we’re obviously great believers in the power of regular professional carpet cleaning. We’ve seen first-hand in many Arvada homes what proper care and maintenance can do. But there comes a time when the only option is “out with the old, in with the new”.
Here are some of the telltale signs that the time has come to invest in a new carpet.
Permanent Stains that Nothing Will Remove
Does your front room resemble a battlefield, with a stain here, there and everywhere that you just can’t seem to get rid of. Do you have to arrange your furniture in a way that keeps all of these “battle scars” hidden from sight? This is one sign that your carpet may be past its best.
When carpets are new, they typically have a stain-resistant coat that helps to repel most kinds of stains that may occur in the average household. But over time, this finish fades and the carpet is no longer protected. At this point, even carpet cleaning carried out by an experienced pro will be unlikely to budge the most challenging stains. This is because during a professional cleaning, usually it’ll only be cleaned as far down as the base, because applying a lot of pressure to the base can weaken the glue that holds the carpet to the pad underneath.
Stains are also often worsened by the homeowner following a DIY tutorial they find online. You might think you’re saving a few dollars by doing this instead of calling for professional carpet cleaning, but many DIY methods make use of very strong chemicals and can permanently damage the carpet. When this happens, there's nothing we or any other pro in Arvada will be able to do for you.
Visible Wear on the Carpet
There are things you can do to prevent wear on a carpet – removing your shoes, for example – but over time it’s only normal that it will become worn in the areas that experience the highest foot traffic.
If there’s just a small area of frayed carpet or there’s a small rip or tear in one or two locations, it’s likely you’ll be able to repair this. But if there are rips and tears all over the carpet and large matted areas that you’re having to cover up with a variety of areas rugs, there’s really no other option but to replace it. To pay for all of these repairs would likely cost just as much, if not more than a new carpet anyway.
Your Carpet Smells…Bad!
Bad smells in carpets are commonplace if you have a pet or a young child. But if after paying for a deep carpet cleaning your carpet still smells just as bad, this is a bad sign. Whatever is causing the odor hasn’t just affected the visible carpet fibers – it’s penetrated much deeper than that.
It’s probably gone through to the carpet pad or even the subfloor. And there’s really no easy way to remove an odor when it’s worked its way that far down, even with the commercial equipment that carpet cleaning companies use. A persistent odor may even be a sign of mold or mildew growth in those areas.
When things get to this stage, the only real way to remedy the situation is to have the carpet replaced.
People in the Home Having More Problems with Allergies?
As an asthmatic, I can tell you that cleanliness and indoor air quality in the home are vital to a happy, healthy existence. Have you or anyone else in your home noticed that their allergies are giving them a hard time recently? It could be that your carpet is to blame.
Older carpets are a haven for allergens and tend to harbor them far more than a newer carpet does. The solution: a new carpet.
Your Carpet Is Stuck in the Past
While some homeowners (by some, I mean a lot) live by the mantra “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” you might possibly change your carpet for reasons other than a deterioration in its condition. Maybe there’s nothing wrong with it, but its aesthetic is now simply outdated. You probably wouldn’t want to wear the same clothes you had in your wardrobe 20 years ago, so you might not want to have your front room styled following the trends of 20 years ago. Times change, and sometimes you have to change with them.
An Arvada Carpet Cleaning Company You Can Count On
We can’t replace your carpets for you, but once you have had your new carpet fitted, we can ensure it stays as clean as that first day for as long as possible. If you need any help or advice, or you’d like to book an appointment, contact our team on 303-530-4900.