May 5, 2022

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Soft, pillowy, and comfort are what carpet flooring undoubtedly provides to your home. Not to mention, it is still one of the best carpet choices in 2022. It softens the overall look of your space, providing a relaxing look and feel. However, what happens when you don’t realise the little changes over time? 

Changes due to prolonged stains, dust or even mould. Not only do these factors disturb the aesthetic outlook of your home but can also cause health problems over time to you and your loved ones. If you’re reading this and you start to panic or worry, you don’t have to! Jupps Flooring is here to guide and answer all of your questions regarding when to replace your carpet floors. 

Why do you need to replace your carpets?

 There can be many factors about why you should replace your carpets, but here are some of the main reasons we highly urge you to keep in mind: 

  • Health 

Although carpet is great at hiding unwanted stains, especially dark coloured or patterned carpets, they can also be overlooked. Unlike hard flooring where it is easier to spot the stains, carpet can harbour bacteria overtime if these spills or stains are left untreated. Additionally, carpet is a conducive environment for dust and mites. If your home has children or senior family members, this can cause unwanted health problems such as carpet allergy. 

  • Hygiene 

Carpet is known to hold dirt, dust, and other bacteria better than hard floors. Therefore, it is very important to clean your carpet floors often. It is not as simple as sweeping or mopping as you would with a hard floor but often vacuuming and the occasional use to cleaning solubles. If your carpet has reached its 5 to 8-year mark or if hygiene has affected your living space, it is best to just get the entire carpet replaced. 

Can old carpet cause health problems?

Yes, very much so. With the dust and bacteria harbouring over time, carpet allergies are the least of your problems. When untreated, these can cause even more severe health problems such as respiratory issues, skin irritation, and pet germs on your furry friends.

  • Value 

 Replacing your old carpet with an entirely fresh new one could help increase the value of your home as flooring is one of the main features homeowners would look forward to. 

How much to replace carpet?

  With value, this brings about the cost of replacing carpet. The cost varies according to: 

  • The size of the area
  •  Labour intensity 
  •  Carpet material 
  •  Whether stairs are involved 
  •  Whether any furniture needs to be removed

How do you know when your carpet needs to be replaced?

  • Visible stains
  • Obvious fraying and tears 
  • Stinky odour even after cleaning 
  • Uneven padding or lack of padding support 
  • Increased allergy symptoms
  • Old (colour fading, ripples, wrinkles, and matting) 

How long should carpet last before replacing?

Carpets usually last up to about 5 to 8 years but bear in mind it varies from home to home. Of course, with frequent maintenance and upkeep, they can last longer.

How often should a carpet be replaced?

Whether it is carpet tiles or roll carpet, replacing carpet should be done once every 6 to 7 years to be safe. It very much depends on how long the carpet lasts in each home. In busier homes, carpet replacement may be more frequent. With that, carpet replacement costs vary individually. We recommend calculating an estimated cost through a carpet cost calculator here in Australia. 

 3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Carpet Looking Brand New

 Now, it is not impossible to replace carpet on your own. Carpet change gives homeowners the opportunity to personalise their home interior according to the times and their liking. You can even make this a DIY project for your home but for most homeowners, it can get a little daunting. Here are three simple steps to take before replacing your carpet: 

 1) Deep cleaning

 Most would not think to clean your existing carpet floors before tearing them off but this is one of the most crucial steps to take. You would be removing excess bacteria and dust through vacuuming so that less will get dusted off into the air when you are replacing your new carpet. Additionally, fewer of them will get onto your new carpet. 

 After that, you might be wondering how to rip up carpet or how to remove your existing carpet. This is where you would need to handle it with care. Carpets are typically installed using glue or staples, ripping them off could result in you scraping a fair amount. 

Simply use a pair of pliers and pull. If it comes off easily, grab it using your glove-covered hands and pull. However, if pliers prove to be difficult, opt for a utility knife and cut a 6-inch square at the corners then pull the carpet by hand. 

 2) Hands on Deck

Make sure to have the necessary people on call. These could be your contractor, flooring planner or even Jupps Flooring’s flooring experts. It is better to consult with people of expertise beforehand to make sure you can install your new carpet with as little hassle as possible. 

 3) Ongoing Care & Maintenance? 

After installation, make sure to have frequent upkeeps to help maintain the quality and aesthetics of your newly installed carpet. Especially in areas of your home that have medium to high traffic. 

Where can you find your new flooring?

Here at Jupps Flooring, we understand how much your space means to you. Especially a space you call home! You will not only find a variety of carpets to choose from but also our friendly flooring experts to help consult your flooring choices that best fit your home at our showroom. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (+08) 6253 8143 or reach out to us here. We’d be more than happy to journey along with you on your carpet flooring transformation.