Even the highest quality carpeting will begin to show its age after several years of use. There are many signs that will indicate the time to replace your carpet flooring is near. To keep your home looking its best, you may want to begin looking for new carpet when the signs begin to appear. A few of the most common signs include the following:
Extensive Wear and Tear
All types of carpet flooring will eventually begin to show signs of wear and tear. Fibers can begin to fray. Bare spots may begin to form in high traffic areas and holes can appear in places where furniture legs are drawn across. Covering these areas with throw rugs will only work for so long. They will eventually wear so thin that rips and gashes may form causing tripping hazards. When they first appear, repairs can be made but they will only prolong the inevitable.
Too Many Stains
Stains can be removed if they are taken care of soon after they happen. If not, they can set in leaving a constant reminder of the accident. Even with regular cleaning, stains can still remain visible. As time passes, they may fade but not so much to be completely eradicated. Some stains only color the surface of the carpeting, while others penetrate deep into the fibers. This type of stain can be especially difficult to remove. They may even degrade the carpet material and the foam cushion underneath.
Untreated spills and pets are two of the biggest culprits when it comes to causing odors in carpets. Over the years, carpeting can absorb a variety of odor causing debris and fluids. Regular cleaning can eliminate the majority of the odor, but residue can be left behind that continues to cause unwanted odors.