Owning a property can get pretty tricky after a few messy situations or careless renters. If you have a carpet in your home or a part of your home that you rent out, keeping things as clean as possible for new tenants can become a full-blown challenge. There comes a time in the lifespan of every carpet, no matter how durable, when replacement is needed. It’s not necessary a matter of waiting until a carpet is too stained for even Chem-Dry of Omaha to return it in pristine condition. If you’re renting out a property and you want it to stay totally safe and clean in the long haul, you’ll be needing to replace your carpet before it gets to a point of total grunginess. So how do you know when to replace a carpet in an apartment or housing unit? If you’re not certain about the state of a current carpet, here are a few things to take into consideration before you have someone new sign the lease.
When It’s Dangerous
You might not be in the habit of viewing a home rug as dangerous, but in fact, if left unchecked, certain natural fiber can ending up being host to nasty parasites, bacteria, and mold spores. Ideally, a landlord would never allow a rug to get to this stage. However, mold growth can be quite subtle and can some seemingly out of nowhere, resulting from the smallest water stain or unseen spill. Home rugs are notorious for being able to hold active bacteria like E. coli and norovirus in their fibers for upwards of a month if they’re left uncleaned, which means that even if a landlord neglects their rug for a few weeks, it could end up giving rise to some serious health hazards for tenants. If a tenant believes that their rug is dangerous or toxic, they should let their landlord know as soon as possible so that it can be removed immediately. Mold and bacteria aren’t the only things to worry about, either. A rug can be deemed unsafe even if a small amount of fraying or bending at the edges causes a tenant to trip and injure themselves. The best thing to do is make sure all household rugs are regularly cleaned and stretched if necessary.
When It’s a Deterrent to New Business
Presumably a landlord would know enough to keep the in-unit rugs fresh and beautiful to make a sale. However, a rug doesn’t have to be disgusting-looking in order to be a problem for renters. If a rug is too musty, has developed an unpleasant, artificial smell, or simply doesn’t suit the room anymore, it could end up losing the landlord a new tenant. If a landlord is showing off a beautiful unit but simply can’t make the sale due to a rug that’s looking worse for wear, smells like mothballs, or simply looks dull and discolored, it’s time to get a new one. This is for the landlord’s sake just as much as the tenant’s. Nobody wants to live in a home that comes with a piece of furniture or decor they can’t change or dress up accordingly.
When It’s Damaged
Whether a rug has developed a snag or has a huge hole burned into the center, it’s damaged just the same. While the definition of ‘damage’ can vary from tenant to tenant, it’s more important for a landlord to be able to judge whether or not a rug is still in good enough shape to stay even after it’s started to fray or snag. For instance, while one snagged strand is probably fine, it’s going to quickly become a problem once an entire unit of strands start catching, pilling, or simply disappearing from wear. If a unit has a berber rug or another type of carpeting that deals with small, close-knit fibers, the damage can be much more obvious than with a longer stranded rug. One good rule of thumb is to try and fix the damage, whether by hand or by taking the rug to a professional cleaning and repair shop, before it begets even more damage.
When It Smells or Looks Stained
One very obvious way to tell that the landlord needs to change the rug is when it’s developed a big, unmistakable stain or has started to smell, whether from water damage and mold or due to mustiness. If a stain or smell can’t be treated professionally, that’s a good indication that that rug needs to go before it starts causing more damage around the unit.