Carpet typically has a lifespan of 5 to 15 years, but that prognosis depends on a number of factors, including usage, padding, maintenance, and quality. For example, the carpet in your entryway or a busy hallway will likely need to be replaced sooner than that in a conference room that is only used once a week.
Some signs of needing to replace carpet can be obvious, but other signs are a bit more subtle. If you’re wondering whether you should replace your carpet, look out for these signs:
Certain types of carpet develop matts more often than others. You may love the feel of polyester carpet, but it is more prone to matting than other types. Once the carpet matts down, there isn’t much that can salvage it. Similarly, carpets that matt due to high traffic usually cannot be saved. If you need to replace your carpet due to matting, choose a nylon carpet that can withstand higher traffic and is more resistant to matting. Regular deep cleaning in high traffic areas with a commercial carpet shampooer or Bissell carpet cleaner can also increase the lifespan of your new carpet.
If you’re moving around rugs and furniture to hide stains or if you have multiple stains that cannot be removed with a commercial carpet extractor, it is time to invest in a new carpet. Keep in mind that stain-resistant finishes fade over the years, so invest in a Bissell carpet cleaner for on-the-spot cleaning after spills to protect your carpet and keep it looking like new.
Completely replacing the carpet is the only solution when mold and bacteria build up in your carpet. Check carpets in damp environments, like basements, for mold regularly, and consult an expert if your carpet is ever in standing water, like during a flood. If you smell must or have allergy flare-ups, investigate further and purchase a mold test kit to check your carpet.
Uneven Carpet Padding
Think of carpet padding like a pillow that makes your carpet more comfortable to sit and walk on. It also acts as a noise buffer and provides insulation for your floors. If you notice your carpet lying unevenly, wrinkling, or making crinkly sounds when you step on it, take a look at your carpet padding and replace it if necessary.
If it is time to replace your carpet, think carefully about the steps you can take to maintain and protect your new investment. Using a Bissell carpet cleaner for spot and stain cleaning can increase the lifespan of your carpet and keep it looking like new for years. To learn about our commercial carpet shampooers and how they easily remove deep-down dirt and stains, contact us today at 1-800-242-1378.