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Identifying Carpet Deterioration

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Your carpet is a major investment in your home but not a permanent one. Over time, carpet wears down and needs to be replaced. This need can be delayed based on the quality of carpet pad and carpet your purchase as well as the level of care you practice in maintaining the floor. But, no matter what, over time carpet does wear down.

The question is, how do you identify whether a carpet is deteriorating or whether it is just dirty and needs cleaning or care? Here are some factors for identifying carpet deterioration and determining if it is time for new carpet in your home:

(1) Age

Depending on the carpet fiber, most carpets are made to last around 10 years. Durable carpet such as nylon or wool can last up to 15 years if cared for properly.

Proper care includes routine vacuuming and scheduling an annual deep carpet cleaning appointment from a local service. We won’t go into detail on how professional carpet cleaning helps extend the lifetime of a carpet. If you are interested, visit the website of Chem-Dry of Brazos County.

If it’s been 10 years or more since your carpet was installed and you are noticing signs of color fade and wear, it’s a good indication that it is time for new carpet.

(2) Flat

New carpet is resilient and able to withstand foot traffic and pressure. New carpet is able to return to its shape and form after stepped on whereas over time, old carpet will remain flat.

Deep cleaning can return carpet fibers to their original state but if cleaning isn’t successful in doing so, it is a sign the carpet will no longer return to a plush and buoyant state.

(3) Fade

New carpet tends to be bright and bold with a sheen to it after it is first installed. Dirt and traffic can reduce the color and shine but cleaning will return it if the carpet is still in good condition.

If cleaning does not return the color to the carpet then it is likely permanently gone. If you want a bold and colorful carpet you will need to purchase new carpet for your home.

(4) Tears

If you start to notice tears in carpet it is a sign that the durability of the carpet is gone and there is nothing left to protect the fibers and backing from ripping at the seams after traffic or use.

You cannot repair tears in carpet seams and will need to replace the section of carpet or the entire wall-to-wall carpet in the event a tear occurs.

(5) Stains

You will notice that stains are easier to remove from new carpet. This is somewhat due to the manufacturer stain guard and the fact the fibers are healthy. It is harder to remove stains from older carpet and stains that might have been able to be removed in the past will now become permanent.

If permanent stains are occurring across the surface of the carpet you should consider replacing it with a new floor.