How To Know When To Replace Your Carpet

Between food stains, spills, dirty shoes, and the natural wear-and-tear from near constant use, the flooring in your automobile really takes a beating. That can make for some sad looking carpet.

Believe it or not, the floor of your car is one of the most polluted, bacteria-ridden surfaces you come in contact with on a daily basis. At some point, you’re going to have to pull the plug and install new flooring.

How do you know when that time has come? Below, we’ve listed some of the most common signs that let you know it’s time for a change.


Unsightly stains (often from food, spills, and dirt) are the number one reason people replace the carpet in their automobiles. Unless treated immediately, these stains latch on to the fibers of your carpet and become very difficult to remove (not to mention expensive). Rather than dealing with frustrating (and potentially ineffective) cleaning solutions, you’re better off replacing the entire flooring.


There are multiple factors that can cause terrible odors to linger in your flooring. Some of the worst offenders include pets, milk, and gasoline.

Bad odors don’t just make for an unpleasant car ride. Some of them carry bacteria that can cause adverse health effects. Though you can usually stop some odors by treating the cause immediately, permanent smells are best treated with new carpet.


Extended exposure to sunlight or certain chemicals will eventually cause your carpet flooring to lose its color. You could choose to dye your carpet. However, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to restore it to the original color. If your carpet has multiple areas of discoloration, it can make the dyeing process all the more difficult.

Rips and Tears

After years of being stomped and trampled on, your carpet may begin to rip and tear. The older the carpet, the weaker the fibers—thus making it more susceptible to damage. Though minor rips can be fixed, major damage or multiple tears are a good sign that it’s time install new carpet.

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