Professional carpet cleaning can help restore carpet to a much lighter, cleaner, and less smelly state. However, older carpeting may not respond to professional cleaning as it once did. In some cases, your carpeting may be beyond help. Here are three signs your carpet is beyond professional help and that it may just be time for new carpet.
Your Carpet Still Looks Dark and Dingy After a Professional Cleaning
If your carpet is supposed to be a light color, such as yellow, white, off-white, or light beige and it still looks like mud after a professional cleaning, this is a sure sign your carpet has had it. Over time, the yarn fibers that make up most carpeting wear down and the dirt they collect simply cannot be pulled out completely. What is more, any carpeting that a professional cleaner cannot completely extract all of the organic dirt from is subject to the natural decay processes of organic matter, which can affect your carpet's coloring and texture immensely.
Your Carpet Has Several Permanent Stains or Damage Marks That Cannot Be Lifted
While professional carpet cleaners may be occasionally viewed as miracle workers, there are still some stains that simply cannot be removed. Ball point pen ink is one such stain that cannot be removed entirely due to the chemical makeup of the ink. An excessive amount of blood (such as the kind of stain that occurs when you accidentally slice your hand open in the kitchen) is another. While the carpet cleaner may be able to lighten these stains, they will not go away entirely. If they are particularly obvious, then removing the carpet and replacing it may be the only good option to address these extremely stubborn stains.
Your Carpet Has Some Less-Than-Pleasant Odors That Do Not Go Away
Sometimes it is not so much what you see in the carpet as what you smell. Certain odors, no matter how many times a carpet is professionally cleaned, simply will not go away. Pet urine, in heavy amounts, is one such odor. Heavy tobacco smoke is another. These odors tend to saturate the carpet threads right down through the carpet padding, and sometimes (as is the case with pet urine) straight through to the wooden floor boards beneath. If your carpet continues to stink something fierce, there may be no way to save it or restore it and replacing it is your only real option.