Replacing flooring can be a very costly venture. Since carpet is a big investment, you want it to last for as long as possible. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend the life of your carpet. But no matter how much effort you put into maintaining your carpet, it will look old and dated over time. In the end, you’ll have no choice but to replace your carpet.

Here are 4 signs your carpet needs replacing:

Permanent stains

Most stains can be removed as long as you act fast. Professional cleaning may help get rid of stubborn stains, but if the stain has sunk in, it may never fully go away. In this case, there is nothing that can be done to remove the stain. If your carpet is full of unsightly stains that won’t go away, it might be time to get a new carpet.

Visible signs of wear and tear

Majority of carpet manufactures say that carpet will last between 5 to 10 years. At this point, your pure white carpet has already turned gray and dull. Carpet fibres become old and frayed.

Carpets with visible signs of wear and tear can make the rest of your home look less than stellar. Replacing the carpet would be the most sensible thing to do.

Lingering odor

If your carpet stinks, people will definitely notice the smell when they walk into your home. Bad odor is not a great way to welcome your guests.

Professional carpet cleaning may help get rid of the odor. But if doesn’t, this means that the odor has already penetrated deep into the carpet fibres. Unless you are willing to put up with the odor, this is a clear sign that you should replace your carpet.

Worn carpet padding

Carpet padding acts as the foundation of the carpet. It helps support the carpet and buffers the noise to keep the room quiet. It’s also the layer that makes carpet comfortable to sit on.

With all the action your carpet sees, the padding will start to deflate and wear down over time. When the padding is in poor condition, the carpet won’t be comfortable to walk, sit or lie on. It may even cause people to trip. If the condition of the carpet pad begins to diminish, you may want to replace your carpet.