Proper maintenance can extend the life of any carpet. That said, every carpet will need to be replaced sooner than later.

You can probably guess what some of the obvious signs are that it’s time to replace your carpet, but how about the subtle ones?

Personally, I truly take joy in sharing real information with real families in and around Belleville, O’Fallon and surrounding areas. You’re my clients or my neighbors—or people who simply want to get the most out of your homes. I’m talking to each of you today.

For your information, here are the 6 signs that your carpet has irreversible damage or is otherwise ready to be replaced:

  1. Stains you can’t get out
    Are you embarrassed about your carpet? Do you find yourself covering stains with furniture or rugs? Over time, even stain-resistant treatments on carpets will fade. If your carpet is starting to look like a minefield, it’s probably time to replace it.

  2. General wear and tear
    Every carpet will reach this point. Do you cringe when your kids lay on the carpet? Do you have significant matting and tears that leave eyesores? Are the main walkways showing even more wear and tear than the rest?

    Nylon carpets are typically more resistant than polyester, but both will get to the point where matting and other use-related damage can no longer be reversed. If you’re in doubt about the state of your carpet, give me a call. I’ll be up-front with you on whether a professional cleaning can reverse severe matting or if it’s just time to tear that carpet out.

  3. When an odor won’t go away
    The “stinky carpet” problem is true for a lot of pet owners, especially. Even if you haven’t owned a pet for a while, there are smells that just seem to stick inside a carpet forever. If odors do remain—even after a professional cleaning—that can mean the source of the odor penetrated into the deepest carpet fibers or even the carpet pad. If it made its way to the subfloor, you could also be dealing with mold growth. The safest and most cost-effective thing to do in these cases is almost always to replace the carpet.

  4. Allergy symptoms are getting worse
    Older carpets tend to store more allergens and particles than newer carpets. There’s also the reality that some allergens make their way into a carpet so deep that they are truly stuck there forever. Referring back to the previous point, where mold might also be a problem, allergies can really start to go haywire.

  5. Carpet padding
    Carpet padding supports your carpet, making it comfortable to walk on. It also absorbs spills. Unevenness and wrinkles in a carpet can be signs of aging padding.

  6. It’s just…old
    Most manufacturers say that carpet can last for up to 10 years when it’s properly maintained. If you’ve had yours cleaned several times and have even done your part to keep it up, but it’s still suffering, it might just be getting old.


For a fair assessment of any carpet in or around O’Fallon, Shiloh, Collinsville or our other neighboring communities, give me a call. I’ll give you a fair assessment, and will give you the best shot at getting the most you can out of your home.