Whether you’ve just purchased a new house or decided it’s time to swap out your well-loved floors, carpet replacement is likely at the forefront of your mind. No matter how much care you give your carpets, they will eventually need to be removed and replaced with fresh flooring.
There are a few ways in which you can make the process as budget-friendly, safe, and smooth as possible. Follow these top four tips for easy and efficient carpet replacement.
Most carpets only have a lifespan of around 5-15 years from installation. This is true despite your maintenance or care. Our carpets experience a lot of wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas like hallways and stairs. Eventually, the fibers of your carpet will become frayed, matted, and worn down. Debris and allergens can get trapped within your carpet, and surfaces may become stained.
If your carpet appears dingy or beat up, it’s probably time for a replacement. Unfortunately, what you can’t see may be worse than what is visible.
It might seem pointless but cleaning your carpets before tearing them out is an important step. It can help remove debris, allergens, and harmful irritants that can become airborne when your carpet is removed.
First, you’ll want to give your carpet a thorough vacuum. Use a high-efficiency vacuum with a filter to draw up any pollutants. You likely won’t need to spot clean as stains don’t usually pose health concerns.
Once your carpet is taken out, be sure to vacuum the subflooring too. If your carpeting is particularly dirty or concerning, be sure it’s placed into a sealed bag upon removal.
Though you hope carpet replacement is as simple as pulling it up and putting it down, sometimes it’s not. When your carpet is removed, the subflooring will need to be inspected.
Sometimes, it has been damaged over the course of many years. Occasionally, it might not be able to support new flooring or home occupants, which will need to be repaired or replaced.
More often than not, you’ll need to remove the old adhesive. Thankfully, this process is more time-consuming than costly. Don’t lay your new carpeting down without thoroughly inspecting your substrate. Doing so will save you time, money, and possibly health issues in the future.
Because replacing your carpeting might be more involved than anticipated, consider convenience. You’ll want to think about how your lifestyle will be impacted when your carpet is removed and replaced.
Is it in a central area of your home that experiences high traffic? How will you navigate your home or use the space during the replacement process?
Whether you’re doing it yourself or using an installer, think about your schedule and try to choose the optimal time that will inconvenience you and your family the least.
Once your new carpet is in, don’t forget to keep up with care and maintenance. Your new installation will look fantastic! However, it can quickly appear dingy and faded if you fail to vacuum, steam clean, and spot clean regularly.
Treat it right from day one, and hopefully, your new carpet will serve you for years to come.