4 Reasons to Rip Up Your Carpet Now

By Floor & Decor

Carpet has been a go-to flooring option for decades... and it’s showing its age. Though at first glance it may appear to be a sensible, affordable option for most rooms, here are the top reasons you should think twice before installing.

1. Carpet Traps Dirt & Germs

Carpet is less cozy than meets the eye. Why is it that every time you run the vacuum over carpet you still pick up unwelcome debris? Routinely vacuuming still leaves dirt, dust, and germs stuck at the core. Of course, steam cleaning is more effective, but the appliance can be costly.

Fear not. Hard surface flooring can be cleaned with a single pass by a vacuum or broom, and deeper sanitizing is achieved with simple household cleaners. From durable [laminate](https://www.flooranddecor.com/laminate) and [vinyl](https://www.flooranddecor.com/vinyl), quality [hardwood](https://www.flooranddecor.com/wood), and [hypoallergenic tile](https://www.flooranddecor.com/tile), you can find the right low maintenance flooring for your home.

2. Carpet Stains & Odors Leave a Lasting Impression

Life is messy no matter what flooring you have so swift cleanup is essential. Imagine it’s a Friday night, and you’re enjoying a glass of red wine. The glass tips over, and there goes the rest of your relaxing evening in an attempt to buff out a tragic stain.

With hard surface flooring, one wipe and it’s like it never happened. Cheers to that! Peace of mind is priceless.


In places where you want added softness or comfort, add an area rug that’s easy to remove, machine wash, and change more often. For sound reduction, check out the latest in hard surface quiet technology with [Whispercore](https://www.flooranddecor.com/sound-reducing-technology)™.

3. Carpet Less Durable With a Shorter Lifespan

The flooring in our homes has no days off, and there’s no getting around that. Carpet will wear down in the most high-traffic areas and deep impressions from furniture relentlessly stick around, making carpet replacement warranted more frequently.

With scratch and dent proof laminate, vinyl, and hardwood options, there’s no worry about soccer cleats, stilettos, or pets. Hard surface [performance flooring](https://www.flooranddecor.com/performance-flooring) is built to last in the busiest homes.

4. Carpet Lacks Style

Real talk – carpet simply isn’t memorable. It isn’t additive to a design and most people hope it goes unnoticed. Wood-look flooring and tile have much more personality. They enhance a space with character, texture, and style.


Add [floor warming](https://www.flooranddecor.com/floorwarming?keywordBeforeRedirect=floor+warming&tab=icon-filter-tabs-1) technology for temperature control under your hard surface floors.

With all the benefits of hard surface flooring, it’s time to leave the wall-to-wall carpeting where it belongs – in the past. Ready to start your hard flooring journey? Come see us in-store and [meet with one of our expert designers](https://www.flooranddecor.com/designer-scheduler) to find the right flooring for you and your lifestyle.

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