How long does carpet last?

Whether you’re looking to make a house your home or refresh an office space with a new design scheme, you may be thinking about buying a new carpet. But, when it comes to how long your carpet will last depends on a number of factors. 

Choosing the right carpet for the area of your home or business you’ll be renovating is all part of the process. To truly enhance the lifespan of your carpet, always install a carpet material that’s fit for purpose, maintain it correctly and take extra measures to ensure your carpet will last.

Here we’ll cover:

  • Types of carpet fibres
  • How footfall affects your carpet
  • Carpet maintenance 
  • Extra care

Types of carpet fibres

The type of carpet fibre you choose is one of the most important factors when it comes to the durability of your carpet. The three most common types of carpet fibre are nylon, polypropylene and wool. Each has individual characteristics that come into play when it comes to maintenance, durability and how long they will last in your home.

  • Nylon carpets are one of the most popular types of carpets on the market. They are known for their durability and stain-resistant properties. Nylon carpet fibres are strong and resilient, making them ideal for high-traffic areas and they also come in a range of different pile heights
  • Polypropylene carpet is a type of synthetic carpet made from thermoplastic polymer. It’s often used in areas that see high traffic or are subject to moisture, as it is more resistant to staining and wear than other types of carpet. It can also be easier to clean than other types of carpet, making it a popular choice for homes with children or pets
  • Wool carpets offer a number of benefits for both style and function. In terms of function, wool carpets are extremely durable and resistant to staining, making them ideal for high-traffic areas

Choosing the right carpet fibre for your room can make a big impact on how long your carpet will last. 

How footfall affects your carpet

The amount of foot traffic that your carpet gets also plays a big role in how long it will last. If you have a high-traffic area in your home, such as a living room or hallway, then your carpet may not last as long as it would in a low-traffic area, such as a guest room.

Low pile carpets are best for areas that don’t get a lot of traffic, like bedrooms. Medium pile carpets are good for living rooms and other areas that get moderate traffic. High pile carpets are best for areas that see a lot of foot traffic, like entryways and hallways. Nylon carpets are perfectly suited to high-traffic areas of the home

Choosing a carpet that suits the needs of each room is the best way to ensure a longer lifespan for the space you’re carpeting. For stairs and hallways, use a carpet suited to high foot traffic, or for guest rooms and bedrooms use a more luxurious carpet suitable for low traffic. 

You can also learn more about the best living room carpet on our blog or find the best carpet options for use on stairs and transitional spaces.

Carpet maintenance 

Carpet that is well-maintained will also last longer than carpet that is not cared for properly. 

Each carpet will have different needs when it comes to care and maintenance, so always check your carpet manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to how to clean your carpet. 

If you have any deep stains, professional cleaning may be necessary. However, regular vacuuming and spot cleaning spills as soon as they happen will always help prolong the life of your carpet, no matter what fibre choose. 

Extra care

Every carpet has its own characteristics, that’s why we have care and maintenance guides for each of the carpet options we supply. Following this guidance will ensure your carpet lasts longer in your home.

You can also take extra care and have peace of mind your wool carpet will last longer with the Wool Owners Warranty, an after-care service specifically for customers of wool or wool-rich carpet from participating manufacturers. We also have a wide range of carpets covered by a lifetime stain warranty which is perfect for homes with children or pets.

Utilise the warranties available for the carpet you’re looking to buy, to ensure a longer lifespan for your carpet.

Choose the right fibre, pile height and carpet type for each room to ensure your carpet is fit for purpose. By following your carpet’s care and maintenance guide, you can help to extend the life of your carpet and keep it looking beautiful for years to come. 

Lets get you covered.