How Long Does Carpet Last?

The most recent trend in home flooring is to install true hardwood floors. The initial cost of hardwood and installation is expensive but a quality hardwood floor can last the entire lifetime of a home if cared for.

But what about carpet? How long does carpet last and is carpet a better investment than hardwood floor in a home?

The lifetime of carpet depends on several factors. In order to determine how long a carpet can last in a home, a homeowner needs to consider the type of carpet, the pad and cleaning and maintenance. Find more information below or from



Carpet is sold in various types of fibers. Fibers are either natural (wool) or synthetic (nylon and polyester). The type of fiber is important when it comes to the lifetime and durability of carpet.

Wool is very durable but it is more expensive than synthetic fibers and is more prone to staining. We recommend a synthetic fiber such as polyester or nylon. Nylon is the more durable fiber between the two.

We recommend to install nylon in heavier traffic areas of a home. This would include entryways and hallways and perhaps a living room or entertaining room too. You can then install polyester carpet in bedrooms and rooms that don’t receive as much traffic.

A good nylon carpet can last over 10 years if cared for and is a much cheaper investment than hardwood floor.


Traffic is important when it comes to how long a carpet will last in a home. Carpet in homes with no pets and no children will receive much less wear and tear than carpet in homes with one or two adults.

You need to consider your lifestyle and your family when it comes time to purchase a carpet. If the carpet will receive a lot of wear and tear you either need to invest in a durable fiber like nylon or something cheaper with plans to replace it more often.


For carpet pads, it is often out of sight, out of mind. But carpet pads are extremely important for the durability of carpet.

You want to invest in a durable and resilient carpet pad able to withstands years of traffic and wear and tear. The sooner a carpet pad wears down, the sooner the surface of the carpet will appear worn and faded.


You cannot just install carpet in a home and then ignore it. Carpet requires attention from homeowners each week and each year.

First, homeowners should try to protect their carpet when possible. You should not wear your shoes inside and try not to eat in rooms with carpet.

You should vacuum your carpet multiple times during a week. We recommend vacuuming low-traffic areas 2-3 times a week and high-traffic areas 4-5 times each week.

Homeowners also need to schedule professional carpet cleaning for their homes at least one time every 6-12 months. Hiring a professional service is necessary to remove the dirt and soil embedded under the surface and out of sight. This embedded dirt wears down the carpet fiber and pad over time if it is not cleaned.

Green Leaf Chem-Dry in Boca Raton, FL offers carpet cleaning for homes and businesses near the area. This includes West Palm Beach and surrounding cities.

We use powerful extraction equipment and green-certified solutions to safely and successfully remove dirt and bacteria from carpet.

You can receive the same value as hardwood floor with carpet if you choose the right type of carpet fiber, purchase a quality carpet pad and care for and scheduling deep cleaning for your carpet.

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