Do you feel like it might be time to install new carpet in your home but aren’t quite sure?
Carpet installation can be expensive, with the average price being $7 to $12 per square foot. In total, you’ll likely spend around $1000 to $2000 total for carpet installation. Therefore, you want to be sure that you need new carpet before you make the decision.
Check out this guide to discover the telltale signs that you need new carpet.
1. Your Carpet Has Stains That Won’t Come Out
If your carpet has stains that won’t budge, then it may be time to replace it. The longer the stain has been on the carpet, the tougher it’ll be to remove.
That being said, just because you can’t get a stain out with soap and water doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a lost cause. Here are some tricks you can try to get out tough-to-remove carpet stains:
- Use white vinegar and warm water to remove pet stains
- Remove blood stains using a mix of liquid dish detergent and cold water
- Remove ink stains by dabbing isopropyl alcohol on your carpet with a dry cloth
- Use a mixture of non-bleach detergent, white vinegar, and water to remove coffee stains, wine stains, and juice stains
- Remove chewing gum by placing a plastic bag of ice on top of the gum to freeze it off
- Sprinkle salt over ketchup stains and let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up
- Use rubbing alcohol and water to remove paint stains
Additionally, you can also hire a professional carpet cleaner to work on removing the stains. You can check out this site to find professional cleaning near you.
2. Your Carpet Smells Bad
If your carpet smells bad, that’s another reason to have it replaced. Thanks to kids, pets, food stains, and outdoor debris, all carpets begin to smell over time.
However, you don’t want your carpet’s bad smell to affect the rest of your home and seep into your furniture and other belongings. If the smell doesn’t come out after a professional carpet cleaning, then it’s time to think about having it replaced.
Also, here are some tips to prevent your carpet from smelling bad:
- Keep your room well ventilated
- Vacuum once per week
- Clean up spills immediately
- Don’t allow people to wear shoes on your carpet
You can also deodorize your carpet with white vinegar and baking soda.
3. Your Allergies Are Getting Worse
While allergies get triggered for various reasons, often, the carpet is to blame. If you suffer from breathing issues like COPD or asthma, then you need to purchase a carpet that is allergy-friendly.
Older carpets tend to trap potential allergens (such as pet dander, dust, pollen, and mites) more readily. The older your carpet is, the harder it’ll be to remove trapped allergens with a vacuum. And, as your carpet ages, the problem is only going to get worse and worse.
To protect your health, consider installing new carpet in your home.
4. Your Carpet Has Rips and Tears
If there are rips and tears in sections of your carpet that can no longer be hidden, then it’s time to start thinking about replacing it. While a torn carpet usually can’t be fixed, you can typically hide the issue with some strategic furniture placement.
When replacing a carpet, opt for a material that is less prone to ripping, such as wool.
5. The Padding is Worn Out
The padding, also known as the underlay, is the layer below the carpet that provides extra cushioning for your feet. Over time, this padding wears down due to foot traffic, and you’ll notice that a once plush, soft carpet is no longer as comfortable to walk across.
While you can sometimes remove the padding and reinstall the old carpet, it’s usually best to replace the padding and the carpet at the same time.
6. Your Style Changed
While 70s-style shag carpet is luckily a thing of the past, there are still many homes that feature this type of carpet, as well as some other questionable carpet trends.
If you feel like you’re no longer digging the style of carpet in your home, then it’s time to think about replacing it. Also, if you’re updating any other major features in your home, such as your couch, bed, or tables, then you should also think about switching the carpet out.
That new couch you’re eyeing may not work well with your current carpet, and it’s a lot easier to replace everything at once.
7. It’s Simply Time
No matter how well you take care of your carpet, keep in mind that carpets aren’t meant to last forever. Generally speaking, carpet lasts for about 5 to 15 years.
Of course, some carpet materials last longer than others. Nylon and wool are the most durable carpet materials, and if properly taken care of, they can last up to 15 years. However, these carpet materials are also more expensive than other materials.
8. You’re Selling Your Home
If you’re selling your home and you want to get a better price, then updating your carpet is a great idea. New carpet can make your home look more presentable, and updating major features before selling can help you attract more buyers.
To appeal to as many buyers as possible, we recommend updating your carpet to a neutral color, such as beige, white, or light gray.
Are You Ready to Install New Carpet?
Now that you’ve read this guide, it’s time for you to decide if it’s time to install new carpet in your home. If the answer is yes, then the next step is to look for a carpet installation company in your area.
And, be sure to check back in with our blog for more home improvement tips and tricks.