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How do I know when it’s time to change my carpet?

They’re a part of your home, witnessing everything from the pitter patter of tiny feet to wine spills, or mud tracked in from soccer practice. However, sooner or later, you have to decide when it’s time for your residential carpet to be replaced.

As you are seeing your carpet every day, it can be hard to notice the little changes over time. So to help you evaluate the state of your flooring, we’ve put together our top things to look out for when deciding if it is time to replace your carpet.

YOU CAN NO LONGER HIDE THE STAINS

A home is not meant to be looked at, it’s meant to be lived in. While this is all well and good when it comes to making a space your own, it can also mean that your carpet takes a hit over the years with accidental spills and stains. Fortunately, if you act fast enough, many stains can be removed or minimised, but some stubborn patches can be near-impossible to get rid of, especially when you use DIY carpet cleaning methods.

Over the years, this results in finding more creative ways to disguise stains from decorative rugs to indoor plants, but if you’re getting to the point where you’re running out of rugs to cover up wear and tear, it might be time for a change.

IT SMELLS, EVEN AFTER STEAM CLEANING

There’s nothing worse than coming home to smelly carpet. Even if you get rid of the visible stain, there are some substances where it’s harder to erase the evidence. This is often the case for homeowners with pets – even if you spot clean little accidents straight away, sometimes the smell can remain, meaning that the odour may have penetrated more deeply into the carpet fibers, or into the padding.

IT HAS BALD PATCHES OR MATTING

Carpets see a lot of use over the years – especially if you have kids who like to practice their cricket bowling down the corridor, or who like to use the living room for dance rehearsals. Over time, this can result in your carpet wearing thin or matting, especially in high-traffic areas. Polyester carpets tend to be slightly more prone to matting, and often cannot be restored.

IT’S LOST ITS CUSHION / COMFORTING FEEL

One of the key benefits of choosing carpet over other flooring options is the soft cushioning beneath your feet. The layer of cushion under the surface of your carpet is what makes this possible, helping with both comfort and acoustics. Uneven carpeting, as well as carpet that feels like you’re walking on unforgiving concrete can be indicators that the condition of the padding isn’t what it should be.

DAMPNESS / MOULD / DAMAGE

Water damage is a carpet’s worst enemy, leaving stubborn stains as well as a lingering damp smell. Dampness is particularly common in Australia’s more humid regions, such as tropical Queensland. Keep an eye out for possible signs of mould and mildew, as well as a stale odour – this can be a sign that it’s time to replace your carpet.

GETTING MORE SNIFFLES AND SNEEZING MORE AROUND THE HOUSE

Older carpets can be a hotbed of dust, pollen, mites and other allergens that are less than ideal for anyone with allergies. Even with regular cleaning, you may find that your carpet is the source of more stuffy noses and sneezes at home due to aging carpet fibers.

YOUR CARPET MAKES YOUR DECOR LOOK HORRIBLE

Whether you’re looking to refresh your home or you’re looking to sell, outdated or faded carpet can drastically age a space, in spite of your other furnishings. You deserve to come home to a space that is inviting and pleasant, in line with your tastes and today’s high design standards.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD CARPET BE REPLACED?

This depends on the type of residential carpet you have installed, as well as the reason for replacing it. In an average home of 2-4 residents, you can expect to see carpet fibers beginning to show more serious signs of fraying and ageing after about 3-5 years. However, this lifespan can be impacted by whether you have young kids or pets.

It’s important to remember that good maintenance can make all the difference – some people only have to replace their carpets every 10 years!

WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP TO REPLACING MY OLD CARPET?

Once you’ve decided to bid farewell to your old carpet, you can get in touch with Carpet Removal Sydney. We cover everything from in-home consultations to carpet removal and the carpet installation process. You can also check out our range online.

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The most common carpet cleaning mistakes to avoid

The carpet in your home puts up with a lot during its lifetime. With good maintenance, it can handle general wear and tear throughout the years, however, there comes a time when it’ll face substances that can’t be banished with a quick vacuum.
While none of us can avoid accidental spills and stains forever, you can lessen the effect they have on your residential carpet – if you know what to do!
To avoid a carpet cleaning nightmare, here are the most common mistakes to avoid when cleaning carpets.

WAITING TOO LONG TO CLEAN UP A SPILL

This seems like common sense, but sometimes it’s easy to put off cleaning up a spill, especially if you are entertaining guests when it takes place. However, often the speed at which you react to spills on your carpet can make a significant difference in the end result.
By acting straightaway, you’ll have a better chance of fully removing both the stain and the odour from your carpet. Never let a hot spill cool, or a cool spill dry!

RUBBING THE CARPET

When addressing a spill or spot on your carpet, it might be first instinct to grab a damp tea towel and start frantically rubbing or scrubbing the area. Rubbing a stain is one of the top carpet cleaning crimes, as it can actually force the substance deeper into the fibres, as well as spreading the discoloration. It can also damage the carpet fibres themselves, causing them to fray. Never use scrubbing tools or brushes.

NOT DOING A TEST WITH CARPET CLEANING PRODUCTS

This is especially important when using stronger cleaning chemicals. Always read the label carefully, as some products are not suitable for all carpets, and other DIY carpet cleaning techniques can be overly harsh. The last thing you want to do is cause even further damage to your carpet, so pick an inconspicuous area and do a small spot test before addressing the main stain.

USING A COLOURED CLOTH TO CLEAN YOUR CARPET

While you might grab the first towel or rag you see lying around to attack that spilled tomato sauce, think twice before you use it to clean your carpet. This is because you may run the risk of the dye from a coloured cloth bleeding into the carpet as you clean, meaning double the mess!

OVER DAMPENING THE AREA

You don’t need to drown a stain to remove it. In fact, applying too much moisture can actually be detrimental to your carpet, resulting in issues from discolouration and damp odours to carpet lifting. When cleaning, avoid soaking the area with water or cleaning product, and ensure that you absorb any remaining moisture with a white bath towel or a wad of paper towel. Press firmly into the carpet, or stand on the towel for extra pressure.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE STAINS FROM MY CARPET?

Many of our carpets are treated with water-resistant products to minimise the risk of spills sinking deeper into the fibres or the pile, but it’s still important to know how to quickly and effectively address stains. First, remove excess matter either by first dabbing or scraping it away – a plastic scraper, spoon or blunt knife will do. Next, blot the spill with a white paper towel or cloth to absorb excess moisture before using a (pre-tested) carpet cleaner. When using a cleaning product, work your way gently from the outside of the stain inwards – blotting, not scrubbing – and rinse your cloth frequently. Remove any cleaning product residue with a damp towel before using a white cloth or paper towel to absorb any excess moisture. Apply pressure, or weigh the towel down to ensure the area dries properly.

ALREADY TOO LATE TO SAVE YOUR CARPET?

If you’ve committed one of the DIY carpet stain removal mistakes above, or your carpet is past its best, it may be time to replace your home’s carpet. You can browse our range of carpet online, to get a feel of what we have to offer. We also offer free in-home measure and quote! To find out more, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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A pet-owner’s guide to choosing carpet

Here in Australia, we love our furry friends. Almost 40 percent of households have dogs, while cats can be found in just under 30 percent of homes according to Animal Medicines Australia. With so many pets playing a big role in our daily lives, one of the biggest considerations for pet-owners is finding the right flooring. Get it right, and you and your four-legged companions will be able to co-exist with minimal drama. Get the choice of carpet wrong, however, and you may spend countless hours forever trying to revive your once-beautiful surfaces. Fortunately, the good people at Carpet Removal Sydney are here to guide you toward the best pet-friendly carpet for your home. Here are some of the pros and cons for carpet flooring for pet-owners, as well as how you can keep your carpet looking good.

WHAT PET-OWNERS SHOULD BEAR IN MIND WHEN SHOPPING FOR CARPET

Resistance to wear and tear from your pets’ claws is one property to consider for any flooring, as well as stain resistance for the occasional accident or mud tracked in from outdoors. Comfort should be one of the most informative factors in choosing your flooring – not only for you but for your pets, too! For this reason, stone tiling is one of the less preferable options, as although it is highly resistant to scratching, it is also harder and less forgiving for pets walking and lying on it. Traction is another concern, especially for dogs with their nails. If you’ve got an excitable pup, more slippery surfaces such as hardwood flooring can mean they end up taking a power slide down the corridor in their effort to run and greet you at the door.

CARPET

There are many benefits to using carpet flooring in your home, from comfort and warmth to the range of colours and styles perfect for adding a touch of flair. However, not all products are created equal when it comes to the best carpet for dogs and cats. Opt for carpet without loops, as these can potentially snag on your pets’ claws. Wool is a good option for durability and stain-resistance, although nylon is also cost-effective with high durability. Carpet tiles are another good option for pet owners, as individual tiles can be easily replaced. If you’re going to use carpet in your home with pets, one of the best ways to use it is in lower-traffic areas such as bedrooms.

Pros:
The number one pro of carpet for pets is the comfort it provides underpaw. It’s a cosy place for your pets to lie down, as well as a soft landing for cats jumping down from countertops and couches. In addition, scratches from pet nails are less apparent on the carpet.

Cons:
Sometimes it’s harder to clean up accidents, and old stains can be hard to remove. While a number of our residential carpets come with a water-resistant treatment, you’ll need to work quickly to address any pet urine, faeces or vomit stains if you want to reduce the impact on your beautiful carpet. Carpet can also be subject to greater wear and tear with pets, especially if you have more energetic cats or dogs.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT COLOUR CARPET FOR YOUR PETS

There are two schools of thought when it comes to picking your carpet colour. One is to pick a colour that is as close as possible to your pet’s hair, to minimise the appearance of any dropped pet hair in between vacuuming. Another approach, however, is to go with a mid to darker shade to lessen the visual appearance of residual stain marks over time and disguise the effects of wear and tear.

CARPET CARE AND MAINTENANCE WITH PETS

Using doormats at entranceways can help to catch any excess dirt or debris your pets bring inside. If you have dogs, keep their nails trimmed to minimise the impact on the carpet, and address any accidents as soon as possible to prevent the substance from reaching the pile and causing more permanent damage. For more information on how to tackle stains on your carpet, take a look at our recent blog post here.

LOOKING TO REPLACE YOUR CARPET?

If your home’s flooring has taken a beating over the years from sharing the space with your pets, or you’re looking to make a pet-friendly carpet choice, the team at Carpet Removal Sydney is here to help. which includes a free, no-obligation quote and measure. get in touch with our friendly team today – we’d love to hear from you!

You can also browse our range of carpets online!

The boys of carpet removal sydney exceeded my expectations. Friendly team, more than eager to help and were punctual and on time which is a bonus. They re carpeted my entire house and did it professionally. They did it in the time they said they would and were no hassles they were chasing me up instead of the other way around. Would highly recommend their services to anyone in need.
Tim Webb
Tim Webb
00:56 29 May 18
Carpet Removal Sydney were quick to answer my queries, able to start the job when I needed them to and very friendly and personable. Thanks guys!
Richard Burchfield
Richard Burchfield
10:55 29 Jun 18
Carpet Removal Sydney has an amazing team .... They are very professional and they work on time... I would give them 10 out of 10 for there quality service and will definitely suggest others about them.
Sonia Bajpai
Sonia Bajpai
18:26 21 Jun 18
A wonderfull team showed up on time and were really enthusiastic, they just removed the carpet but gave me so many ideas and suggestions. Over all really professional and welcoming 10/10 will defiently use in the future cheers.
Jake Furzer
Jake Furzer
06:38 13 Jun 18
Had some old carpet pulled up by by Carpet Removal Sydney and it was a great experience they showed up and had it all out and done sooner then expected. Overall very happy with service they provided and the boys were great.
Darren Ganado
Darren Ganado
15:29 26 May 18
Thank you Declan for removing the carpet and leaving my studio so clean for my new floors to be installed! Declan’s team was so professional and the job was done very fast. Thank you also for helping me in such short notice!!! 5 stars for sure!!!
Patrícia Paludo
Patrícia Paludo
10:32 11 Sep 18
I highly recommend Carpet Removal Sydney, we used them to remove our old carpet which had years of abuse from our pets. They were on time, professional and did a great job. I highly recommend their services.
Allan MacPherson
Allan MacPherson
00:35 10 Sep 18
Highly reccomendable company, Used them to take the carpet out of my grandmas place and couldnt have done a better job. Polite and professional. Great prices Would not go anywhere else
Brandon Mitchell
Brandon Mitchell
08:02 14 Sep 18
Absolutely love what they did! Really good and professional work! Will definitely call them back! Thank you again!
jennifer wagner
jennifer wagner
23:33 23 Sep 18
I will aways highly recommend this team. They showed up to remove the carpet in my house to find out that the carpet was installed wrongly with toxic commercial glue. They explained to me the problems with it but did not hesitate to have it done on the same day. It was hard but the team removed it all and left my unit very clean!!! Thank you Declan Brennan, I will always recommend your team - you all were so professional and your cheaper price made it possible for me to go ahead with it all.
Fernanda Paiva
Fernanda Paiva
02:46 23 Sep 18
First class service and prices. Would recommend to anyone!
Jahred Hughes
Jahred Hughes
06:50 27 Sep 18
Absolutely love what they did! Really good and professional work! Will definitely call them back! Thank you again!
jennifer wagner
jennifer wagner
23:33 23 Sep 18
I will aways highly recommend this team. They showed up to remove the carpet in my house to find out that the carpet was installed wrongly with toxic commercial glue. They explained to me the problems with it but did not hesitate to have it done on the same day. It was hard but the team removed it all and left my unit very clean!!! Thank you Declan Brennan, I will always recommend your team - you all were so professional and your cheaper price made it possible for me to go ahead with it all.
Fernanda Paiva
Fernanda Paiva
02:46 23 Sep 18
Absolutely 100% amazing service from these guys. Great communication during quoting and leading up to the job, arrived early and got the job done super quick and super helpful. The guys couldn’t have done enough for me and went out of their way to fix things they didn’t technically need to. Because of their amazing work I’m now about two days ahead of schedule. Superstars, I can’t rate highly enough.
Peta Isaac
Peta Isaac
09:54 30 Nov 18
I used Declan and his team for a job at one of my properties after the previous tenants left the carpets in a bad way. Luckily his prices were competitive enough that we just took the costs out of their bond, and they made themselves available quickly to ensure we had the house back on the market within a few weeks. Recommended.
Craig Bourne
Craig Bourne
11:22 10 Oct 18
Best services Sydney wide. Ive used these guys multiple times, hands down the best service. Very professional. Would highly recommended. 👌
Aaron Meischke
Aaron Meischke
10:05 15 Nov 18
I recommended Declan and his team to remove and install carpet for a client of mine doing a renovation and received glowing reviews of their professionalism and extremely courteous attitude. Wish we had more of these tradesmen in Sydney! Thanks Declan and best of luck with your growing business!
Tami Marlowe
Tami Marlowe
11:10 25 Oct 18
Exceptional service. From quoting to execution, their team proved to be extremely professional. Job done without any hassles and for a fair charge, just how it should be. Thanks guys.
Rodrigo Raymundo
Rodrigo Raymundo
04:15 28 Feb 19
Had a very refreshing experience, They did an amazing job, left the property perfectly clean, they arrived on time (so rare for a tradie...) they were well dressed and well spoken. And they really went the extra mile to help my grandma get this job completed and did quite a lot of extra work for free even though it wasn't part of the original quote. Thanks again to your team! will definitely use you again in the future!
Allan Jakusic
Allan Jakusic
03:59 28 Feb 19

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