9 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Carpet

Carpets are not made to last a lifetime and will need to be replaced eventually. While carpets generally have 5-15 year lifespans, this is dependent on factors such as: carpet quality, padding, usage, and maintenance. Here are 9 signs to help you decide if it is time to replace your carpet.


Stains happen! DIY methods and professional cleanings may help, but some stubborn stains set in and can never be removed. While most carpets come with a stain-resistant finish, this fades over time, leaving your carpet unprotected. You may place a rug or furniture over the area, but if stains have become so prolific on your carpet that you are no longer able to hide them, it is definitely time to get it replaced.

Water Damage and Mold

Water stains are unsightly, almost impossible to remove, and can lead to mold and mildew stains. If your carpet is exposed to a large spill or standing water, dangerous (and possibly deadly) mold will likely follow.


If your carpet’s pile is staying matted down in high traffic areas (even after regular, professional deep cleanings) it is probably time to replace it. This is especially true for polyester carpets which have a weak resistance to matting. When replacing, consider nylon carpeting, which resists matting and lasts longer than polyester carpet.

Tears and Rips

Small tears and rips may be able to be repaired Large rips and tears are unsightly and dangerous, especially if on stairs or major walkways.

Worn-Out Padding

Your carpet padding provides cushioning for your feet, insulation for your floor, and it helps muffle a room’s noise. Wrinkles, unevenness, or a crinkling sound are indicators that your carpet padding is worn out. Once the padding is worn out, there’s really no other option except replacement.

Bad Smell

No one wants smelly carpet, but carpets take a beating! Kids, pets, feet, and food stains can add up to a stinky carpet—even after a deep cleaning. Spills and pet accidents may have become deeply penetrated into the carpet fibers, possibly into your padding and subfloor. If you are unable to remove the odors from your carpet, it is definitely time to replace it.

Increased Allergy Symptoms

Carpets fibers grab onto dirt, dust, mites, pollen, pet dander, and lots of other allergens, resulting in increased allergy symptoms. Older carpets catch and retain more of these allergens, causing more severe symptoms.

Old Age

Believe it or not, carpet doesn’t last forever. Signs of wear will show on major walkways and carpet fibers will begin to lose their texture and tuft. Older carpets will also experience color loss and fading in addition to matting, rippling, and wrinkling.


Whether it’s out of style or you just want to update the space, if you don’t love it—replace it!

If you’re ready to replace your carpet, come to Flack’s. We will help you select the perfect carpet for your home, lifestyle, and budget!