How Long Will My Carpet Last?

Carpet is a sizeable investment that makes a huge difference for your home, so we understand why people often ask us, “How long will my carpet last?” There’s no correct answer here. Carpets can last for decades under some conditions or need replacing after just a year or two if treated improperly. Here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, we we’ve been helping homeowners around Naperville and Lisle make their new carpet to last as long as possible for decades.

Here are just a few factors that will affect the longevity of your carpet.

Regular Vacuuming

Vacuuming once or twice a week, or even more frequently in high-traffic areas, is incredibly important. Everything from dirt to hair can get trapped in your carpet over time, and this does more than stain. Most of those smaller particles are quite abrasive, so they’ll rub against carpet fibers and wear them out faster. Make sure you vacuum often and vacuum properly.

Professional Steam Cleaning

Vacuuming is your first line of defense, but professional steam cleaning once or twice each year is also key. This removes the particles from the base of carpet fibers. You can’t get at those fibers through vacuuming — you need a professional. Also, always steam clean instead of shampooing if you want your carpet to last as long as possible.

Daily Wear

Do you move heavy furniture around on your carpet? Do you let people walk around with shoes on? Do you have an office chair that you wheel across the room? Any kind of wear on the carpet is going to reduce its lifespan, so treat yours to some TLC.

Padding Condition

Don’t forget that there’s padding beneath your carpet. It provides added comfort, reduced sound transmission, and enhanced insulation, but it also helps protect the carpet from damage. Old padding will produce uneven or wrinkled carpeting. When you consider the type of carpet you want, it’s also worth considering the type of padding each one uses.

How Long Your Carpet Will Last is Up to You

We wish we could measure the lifespan of your carpet as easily as the distance between Lisle and Wheaton or Naperville and Aurora, but there are a lot of variables to consider. The good news is that you can use the information provided above to keep yours looking its best for years to come. For more carpet care tips, don’t hesitate to contact us today.


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