A carpet is a great investment in a home; therefore, it can be heartbreaking to think about letting it go. That's why you may find yourself holding on to your old carpet even when it is clearly time to invest in a new mat and give your house a fresh look. Unfortunately, an old carpet does more than just ruin the curb appeal of your home—it can cause respiratory problems and trigger allergies in your household members. That's why you need to look out for the following signs which indicate that it is time to remove the old mat and replace it with a new one.
Extensive wear and tear
It is normal for your carpet's fibres to wear over time due to foot traffic and pet paws. However, after years of being stepped on and scratched by your cat or dog, the fibres will begin to show signs of damage. You may find a portion of the carpet looking severely worn to an extent that there are no fibres. The damage may even extend to the backing, and the result will be an ugly patch of worn carpet in your living room. Unfortunately, this kind of damage cannot be repaired, and it is not even worth it. You need to trash the damaged carpet if you want to improve the aesthetics of your home.
It is common for your carpet to smell if there is pet pee on it, if there's food spills, or if you haven't cleaned it for a long period. In most cases, the smell will go away after deep cleaning the mat with quality cleaning detergents and equipment. However, there are times when the murky odours don't go away even after intensive cleaning. This happens due to poor cleaning or neglect. As a result, the stains, pet urine, and food spills fuse permanently into the fibres and backing. Such permanent smells are an indication that your carpet has exceeded its usable life and should be disposed of.
Mould and mildew growth
Mould growth in your home can cause severe respiratory infections. The spores thrive in warm areas with high humidity, and your carpet may be the perfect breeding ground. If you don't leave your carpet to dry properly after cleaning, the moisture together with the warmth of your home will create the perfect spot for mildew. Worse still, you won't be quick to notice since mould will develop under the backing. So, if you notice musty odours on your carpet, remove it and you will probably find mould spores growing on it.
Keeping an unhealthy carpet in your home can cost you much in the long run. Contact a rubbish removal company so that they can take away the damaged carpet from your home and dispose of it correctly.