How often should you replace your carpet?

This is a question that you might think has an easy answer: When it looks old, replace it? But that is a little too simple when it comes down to it. Let’s delve a little deeper into How Often You Should Replace Your Carpet?

We’ll begin by giving it an industry standard timeframe, based on regular wear and tear most mid level carpets are built to last between 5 and 10 years. But given there are so many variables involved, it can be hard to give that as a universal figure for everyone:

Let’s say you’re a single person who lives alone and works 9-5 away from the house, the likelihood of you needing a new carpet in 5 years is pretty slim, in fact you should probably consider buying higher quality carpets next time if this is the case. But let’s say you’re a family of four, with two young children, a dog and plenty of relatives (who love to visit you at home), then your carpet is going to need to be pretty hard wearing to last that decade.

All of this taken into account, visual appearances and wear and tear are not the only factors involved in determining when you replace your carpet. Here are some other considerations:

Carpet stains:

Lifting stains from carpets can be a tough job and even if you clear the majority of the visible stains, all those patches of coffee and red wine leave residue that can slowly and unevenly spread across your carpet, leaving it discoloured or dirty in appearance.

Bad smells:

While nylon carpet is designed with a teflon effect, to try and repel moisture and smells, carpet is after all an absorbant material and over time all of those humid household interiors, cooking smells, shoes, feet and pets will cause organic material to attach to your carpets, producing a smell that can be hard to get rid of.

Small particles and allergy sufferers:

Tiny particles in the air can effect us all when we breath them in, our homes can be full of dust, dead skin, pet hair, pollutants from cooking and all other sorts of material brought in from the outside on your feet. For those with allergies this becomes more of a problem and can also exacerbate conditions such as asthma.

Carpet mould:

Mould is a living organism that will grow and give off spores that can effect your lungs. Having mould in your home is a health hazard and often mould grows in dark areas of carpet that are close to outside walls. The moisture in your home condenses on the colder outer walls and can drip down into your carpet.  You can purchase household mould removers or call in a specialist, but often the only way to get rid of the dormant mould is to replace your carpet entirely.


We’ve all made fashion mistakes in our lives and if you regret your tartan carpet in the hallway, then that might ultimately be the reason why you want it replaced!

All in all, there are many considerations to take into account before heading down to the carpet shop to do some browsing. We hope that you found this information useful and remember, when looking to have your carpet removed, look to a highly rated specialist such as Envirocycle to remove your old carpet and dispose of it properly.