It’s soft, it’s cosy – but it can also be a bit gross. Yes, carpet can make a house feel like a home, but if it’s not maintained properly, it won’t take long for your favourite flooring to become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Bacteria can come from everywhere or anything, including soil, water, plants and animals. Thus, wearing shoes indoors, having pets or a wet carpet can all cause the growth of harmful bacteria in your home, and they can live up to 4 weeks in your carpet.
So, how long does a carpet normally last before it needs an upgrade, and how can you take proper care to prolong its life? Read on to find out.
The lifespan of a household carpet can depend on a lot of factors. In the average household with around 4 residents, carpet will generally last 3-5 years. In this time, carpet may become worn and discoloured. This number is generally lower in homes with children or pets.
This might not seem like a long time, right? Well, some homes don’t need their carpet replaced for around 10 years – all it takes is the right care.
Not sure whether your carpet is due for an upgrade? Here are some tell-tale signs that your carpet is too old or damaged to stick around.
Whether you dropped some of your spaghetti bolognaise or a glass of red has taken a topple, if your carpet is sporting stubborn stains that can’t be removed, it might be time to say goodbye.
A bit of normal wear never hurt anyone, but if you’re jumping over rips or dodging frayed, loose fibres, you either need to have them repaired or update your carpet.
If an odour is sticking around long after a thorough cleaning, it might be a sign of mould or mildew. It’s usually more cost-effective to have your carpet replaced in this case.
Increased allergy symptoms can be a sign that your old carpet is hosting more and more allergens and dust mites. If you’re still holding on to that old ‘70s shag, chances are, it’s the cause of your allergies acting up.
With the right care and maintenance, you can avoid these situations and prolong the life of your carpet.
Carpets can harbour some pretty gross stuff. Cheap As Chips Cleaning offers a professional carpet steam cleaning and sanitising service to get your carpets thoroughly cleaned and healthy for you and your family. Get in touch with our friendly cleaning experts today.
Learn more about what lives in your carpet in this fun infographic.Back to resources page
"The special for 3 rooms is conditional on the area of the carpet measuring up to 29 square metres, and being of good condition. Heavy staining and lighter colour carpets might cost a small additional fee."