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8 signs you need a new carpet

Ciaran McGuire by Ciaran McGuire

Over the years, even the hardiest carpet will start to look its age. Turning a blind eye is all too easy – there comes a point when vacuuming and cleaning lose the ability to make good. You need to watch out for these 8 signs it’s time for a new carpet.

Stains become pains
Even the very best stain-resistant carpet can only cope for so long. Eventually, the treatment fades or the backing itself gets stained. Then the carpet becomes unprotected and grubby marks take hold.

Only you can judge when the stains in your carpet are too much to bare … Unless, that is, a friend makes a much-needed but tough-to-stomach statement.

Of course, there are a couple of ways to postpone stains becoming an issue. The first is to immediately clean any spills, and the second is to have a carpet professionally cleaned about once a year.

Wear and tear takes its toll
Hallways, stairs and living rooms are high-traffic areas, so these carpets suffer most from everyday wear and tear.  But every carpet has a lifespan.

The key things to keep an eye out for are matting, fraying and flat areas. Any of these will make your carpet seem old and trashy, while all three together looks awful.

Most people want their carpet to look as good as new for as long as possible. Achieving this means picking the right material, pile and underlay for the job. You can find out more in our carpet buying guide.

Bad smells
A smelly carpet isn’t good. If yours does whiff, then having it cleaned should be the first solution on your list. Failing that, it’s time for a new carpet. That’s because the smell has penetrated the fibres and underlay. You might even have mould. 

When the underlay decays
Just like carpet, underlay ages and has a lifespan. Over time, it flattens out and absorbs smells and stains. That’s when you know it’s time to go for new.

Increased allergies
Carpets catch allergens and dust, which can trigger the symptoms of your allergies. If you’ve noticed your allergies are playing up, then your carpet might just be the cause.

Regular vacuuming will help keep allergens under control, while having your carpet professionally cleaned once a year is also very important. But when even expert cleaning ceases to rid your symptoms then it’s time to choose a new carpet.

Time for a new look
Interior trends move on and that can leave your carpet looking like a blast from the past. For example, shag pile has rarely been seen since it was huge in the seventies.

You might not need to replace the carpet every time you decorate, but it’s always worth considering. Otherwise, a dated carpet could age your brand-new décor.

Carpet moths
Carpet moths tend to live in birds’ nests and animal fur, but occasionally get carried into the home for one reason or another. Once inside, carpet moths feed on your carpet, often resulting in balding patches around the edges of the room. The big problem is they breed 6 times as quickly indoors, which makes them incredibly hard to get rid of.

Thankfully, with a little effort and patience it can be done and you can read how here. But an infestation of carpet moths can feel upsetting and invasive and it might just be best to replace the carpet for something unsullied.

Mould resulting from water damage
A water-damaged carpet might result from a flood or a leak, which saturates your flooring and soaks through to the underlay. From the moment of saturation, solving the problem relies on swift action and you should call in the professionals.

But mould and mildew love a water-damaged carpet, posing a health risk. So to be safe, replace the carpet with a new one.