Everything looks a little grungier right before the holidays as we get ready to host friends and family. The problem spots just seem to jump out of every nook and cranny. Suddenly we see every bit of dirt on the baseboards, the bathrooms and most of all the carpet. So let’s say your carpet is looking more than a little dirty: is it time to replace it? Or will a good professional cleaning do the trick? The upside of working with a trusted carpet care company is that their experienced professionals can help you assess the situation and make the best call for your home.

Is It Time to Replace My Carpet?

Contemporary carpet usually lasts 5 to 15 years depending on the quality and how well we take care of it. Age is definitely something to consider when weighing whether to get new carpet, but it’s not the only factor. Appearance, wear and health considerations also come into play. Here are some telltale signs that it might be time to replace your carpet:

  • Matting that’s beyond dirty: if your carpet becomes matted (especially in the case of polyester carpet), sometimes even the best professional cleaning can’t fix it. 

  • Worn or threadbare areas: when your carpet gets holes or noticeable wear and tear, it may be time to replace it.

  • Odors and stains that won’t go away. While professional cleaning can take care of a lot, some stains like pet urine can cause more trouble long-term than garden-variety dirt. If pet urine is a consistent or overwhelming problem, replacement with a more stain-resistant choice may be your best bet.

  • Mold: if your carpet gets wet and develops mold, replacement is usually the best option, both for appearance and health reasons.

  • Style: if you’re ready for a change (especially if you didn’t choose your carpet), don’t feel guilty about replacing before the wear and tear starts to show.  You need to love where you live. 

It’s Time to Replace My Carpet--Now What?

If you decide it’s time to replace your carpet, the main question to ask is this: how can my carpet do its job better? This means giving a little more thought to how you use the rooms in your home and how making changes in carpet choices can mean better results for your family. For example, if you currently have a polyester carpet in a high-traffic area, it’s probably time for a change: there are terrific materials that are much better for spaces that see a lot of action.

If you’re looking for a wear-resistant option for a high-traffic area, consider replacing your existing carpet with a resilient Nylon material like Mohawk Wear-Dated carpet. This brand is designed for easy cleaning and is perfect for pets and kids. If stains are a concern, a stain and wear-resistant Triexta fiber like Mohawk SmartStrand is an excellent choice. It’s ideal for a space like the dining room that sees lots of traffic and also frequent food and beverage stains. There are even SmartStrand carpets designed specifically to resist pet stains.

Working with an experienced professional team can help you choose the best carpet for your needs. Professional installation is worth the cost when you’re investing in high-quality new carpet, and it’s key to ensuring that your new carpet is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. 

Can I Repair My Carpet?

In cases where you have a few problem spots, but your carpet is in good shape overall, repair may be an alternative to replacement. A trained technician can work wonders with repairs including:

  • Patching for spots that are burned, damaged or badly stained (often by removing a piece of matching material from an out of the way location like a closet).

  • Repairing damaged seams.

  • Re-stretching carpet that has become loose or wrinkled.

How Can I Refresh My Existing Carpet?

If your carpet is dirty, dingy or marred by a few really bad stains, professional cleaning may do the trick. Sometimes your carpet may look worn when it’s actually just extra dirty. If your carpet is made of a newer material like stain-resistant Triexta, a good cleaning can even revive matted-looking carpet. But if you want real results, a superficial DIY cleaning isn’t quite enough-- a professional deep-clean is a must. Professional cleaning is a good choice if you’re looking to: 

  • Remove bacteria and allergens from the carpet.

  • Make your whole carpet look brighter and cleaner.

  • Remove nagging stains and spots.

  • Make your carpet last longer with consistent care.

Professional cleaning costs more than renting a machine yourself, but it’s a fraction of the cost of replacing your carpet. Professional cleaners won’t make some of the common problematic mistakes like too much cleaner (or too much water) that many of us do when we attempt to DIY. 

Ready for the Holidays and Beyond with Loudoun Carpet Care 

Whether it’s time to replace, repair or refresh with a professional cleaning, Loudoun Carpet Care can give your home a whole new look for the holidays. Based on your carpet’s condition, we’ll give you an honest assessment to help you determine the best solution for your home. If you decide to replace, we’ll help you choose the best new carpet for your needs and budget. If your carpet simply needs a good cleaning, we’ve got you covered. And here’s a little secret: some of our clients save the carpet replacement or deep cleaning for after the holidays when the visitors have left. Whatever option you choose, Loudoun Carpet Care offers an experienced team, a great selection of high-quality carpet and state of the art cleaning equipment to give you a look you’ll love for the holidays and beyond.