How Often Should Carpet Be Replaced?

December 20, 2019 3 min read

How Long Does Carpet Last? How Often Should Carpet be Replaced?

If you’re looking at your current carpet and thinking it’s seen better days, it might be time to replace your carpeting. But how long can you reasonably expect the average life of carpet to be? How often should you replace the carpet? And how can you extend your carpet’s life expectancy once it’s installed? 

How Long Should Carpet Last? 

While individual opinions vary on this subject, the general industry standard for replacing the carpet in a home is 10-15 years. Standardcarpet manufacturers’ warranties are designed with this life expectancy in mind, and with proper care, your carpets should look great throughout that timeframe. If you’re wondering about “proper carpet care,” keep reading below for some practical tips to boost your carpet’s longevity. 

Signs of When to Replace Carpeting

Whether youbought the new carpet yourself or bought a home that already had it, you may be unsure of how to know when a carpet is nearing the end of its life. 

Keep an eye out for: 

  • Matted fiber 
  • Soiling (discolored parts of the carpet, or old stains that keep reappearing)
  • Loss of color vibrancy
  • Worn-out spots (common in high-traffic areas)

If you’re seeing any of these indications of wear and your carpet is older than ten years, it’s probably time to start shopping for something new.

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For those of you with relatively new carpets, there are a few things you can do to keep your carpets looking brand-new for as long as possible. 

  • Vacuum regularly. As in, 2x a week, 3x a week in high-traffic areas, and daily if you have pets.

  • Keep carpets protected from extended exposure to direct sunlight. This can fade the color over time.
  • Schedule periodic professional cleanings. Read your carpet’s warranty for guidelines on what’s required to maintain your warranty (LifeProof carpet, for example, is once every 18 months)
  • Remove carpet stains promptly and thoroughly. It’s easier to remove fresh stains, so this is a no-brainer. The thorough part, though, often means fully removing any residue from the cleaning products you used. Even soap residue, if left on the carpet can attract dirt and dust to the site of the stain, resulting in what carpet manufacturers call “soiling.”
  • Remove your shoes, but not necessarily your socks. It’s smart to take your shoes off when you get home (leave the germs and grime of the world at the door, please and thank you), but your bare feet have oils on them that can transfer to carpet fibers. A build-up of skin oils can lead guessed it: more soiling.

GET COMFORTABLE with a New Carpet Buying Experience

Now that you know the symptoms of a carpet ready for replacement, you may find yourself a bit overwhelmed by the shopping process.

Do you head to your local big-box store and debate the importance of stain resistance (hint: it’s important) as you flip through endless flooring samples? Or call one of those companies that send the sample salesperson to your home?

Fortunately, there’s another option:MyFlooring offers instant, honest, competitive prices and a curated selection of only the most popular colors. And you’ll never have to decide between stain-resistant or whether to spring for thehigh-quality foam carpet pad -- it’s all included (oh, and did we mention installation was included as well?)

Check us out today and try out colors in your space using the Flooring Visualizer.

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