With good care and maintenance, your home carpeting can be expected to last many years. However, nothing good lasts forever. Eventually, even the best carpeting will wear out and need to be replaced. Replacing carpet can be a costly and disruptive process, so it’s always best to avoid it if possible. Sometimes, it can be difficult to tell if your carpeting can be refreshed or saved or if it’s time to replace it. But we have a few tips.
When cleaning will do the job
Professional carpet cleaning can do amazing things when it comes to cleaning, refreshing or revitalising stained or worn carpets. Before replacing a carpet, it’s always worth giving the cleaning pros a chance to salvage your flooring. Here are a few things professional carpet steam or dry clean can help with.
- Removing superficial stains
Unsightly stains can ruin a carpet. However, a little DIY or professional carpet cleaning can take care of a surprisingly large range of stains. In many cases, you can even use a range of natural cleaners to get rid of carpet stains.
Try a few different tactics yourself before calling in the professional carpet cleaners. In the majority of cases, superficial stains can be removed and your carpet saved.
- Refreshing tired carpeting
As your carpet ages and is subjected to daily wear and tear, it will naturally start to wear out and look tired and old. Often, a little refreshing is all your carpet needs to bring it back to life. A thorough vacuum and a steam clean can be enough to revitalise a tired and worn carpet. A professional deep clean will rejuvenate the colour and texture of your carpet and can even remove ingrained odours. However, if this doesn’t work, your carpet may be past its prime and ready to be replaced.
- Dealing with water damage
From a spilled glass of water to an overflowing bathtub, there are many ways a carpet can become water damaged. In most cases, water damage is easy to deal with. Water doesn’t stain and if treated quickly can be easily removed. However, if ignored moisture can settle into the carpet fibres. This can cause serious problems including rotting the carpet fibres, mould and damage to the underlay and flooring. In most cases, even serious water damage can be repaired if you act quickly. Flood restoration companies are equipped with water extraction equipment, air movers and dehumidifiers, which can extract all traces of moisture for waterlogged carpets.
If moisture is allowed to settle deep into the carpet fibres over a long period of time it can do irreparable to the carpets. In cases like this, you may need to replace seriously water-damaged carpets.
- Dealing with mould
Damp conditions are perfect for mould to grow. If your carpet has been damp for an extended period of time, mould can take hold. Keep a watchful eye (and nose) for any signs that your carpet is mouldy. These signs can include a musty smell, mould growth in or near your carpet and moisture staining or damage to skirting boards, walls or any other surfaces near your carpets.
Mould can be extremely hazardous to your health, aggravating existing respiratory conditions and causing others. In most cases, professional carpet cleaners can remove mould from your carpets. However, in extreme cases the carpet may not be salvageable and will need to be replaced.
- To remove odours
Some odours can be incredibly difficult to remove from carpet once they’ve settled into the fibres. Pet urine, for example, can be particularly problematic. If a pet can smell traces of urine in an area of the carpet, they will often return to the same area thinking it’s an acceptable toilet.
To avoid pet urine smells from becoming ingrained, act quickly when your pet has an accident. Soak up as much of the liquid as possible and then use an enzymatic cleaner to break down the enzymes in the urine. The enzymes are what cause the smell and attract your pet back.
If regular cleaning with an enzymatic cleaner isn’t doing the trick, then it’s time to call in the professionals. With their state-of-the-art equipment, professional carpet cleaners can remove the source of the smell, leaving your carpet smelling fresh once more. Professional carpet cleaners can also remove other ingrained smells like cigarette smoke.
When cleaning won’t cut it
- Serious flood damage
Flooding can cause serious damage. And unfortunately carpets are usually one of the first casualties. If your home is flooded, it’s important that you know what to do and what can be saved. In cases of serious flood damage, it’s often safer to remove the carpet entirely. Flood waters can contain harmful bacteria, which can settle into your carpets and continue breeding even once the moisture is removed.
- Fire damage
Fire can be an extremely destructive force, and there’s little you can do if your carpet has been burned. While smoky smells and minor fire staining can sometimes be removed with deep cleaning, it’s often better value for money to replace the entire carpet if more than a small area has been affected.
- Stains that won’t come out
Sometimes even the deepest steam cleaning is no match for serious staining. If professional carpet cleaners have tried their best and the stains still won’t budge, it may be time to replace your carpet. For a short-term solution, you can try layering rugs over the affected areas or moving furniture to cover these spots.
- Physical wear and tear
Wear and tear includes fibres that are matted or pulled out, areas that are ripped or torn, and faded colouring. If you have pets or children or your carpet is in a busy, high-traffic area, you can expect plenty of tears and pulled fibres over time. And if your carpet is exposed to high levels of sun, it will start to fade.
Like stains, wear and tear can be covered for a while, but eventually you will need to replace your carpet. Otherwise, it will become more worn elsewhere and you won’t be able to adequately hide these unsightly areas.
- Old age
Like all products, carpet doesn’t last forever. Experts recommend that you replace your carpeting every 10–15 years. General wear and tear, sun fading and physical damage will inevitably take their toll over time.
If you do need to replace your carpet, make sure to choose a carpet that is durable and meets your needs. For instance, you may prefer a hypoallergenic carpet if you have allergies, or a low maintenance carpet if you have kids or pets.
A good clean can do a lot to revitalise a carpet, particularly when you call in the professionals. However, there are some times when it’s better to replace your carpet. Use the information above to help you decide if the vacuum cleaner just won’t cut it this time.