CARPET FILTRATION LINESThose ugly black lines around the baseboards and under doorways
How to Care for Carpet Filtration Lines
If you have a lighter shade of carpet, you may have noticed dark lines that appear on your carpet. This soiling is called filtration soiling because it comes from air passing through the carpet as it is attempting to get through the crack between the carpet and the baseboard or under a closed door. This occurs over a significant period of time and is not noticed until a buildup has occurred.
This type of soiling is difficult to remove because the soil particles are so fine that they penetrate deep into the carpet pile, sometimes into the backing of the carpet. Can it be removed? Sometimes. With special products, time and effort, reasonable results can be achieved.
Prevent Further Staining
To help prevent filtration soiling, vacuum and wipe the edges of the carpeting on a regular basis. You’ll also want to tackle the cleanliness of the air in your home. Clean out the air ducts and get a new air filter. Reduce the smoke that you’re putting into the air by nixing smoking or overuse of candles. Finally, you can get door gap spacers that will help slow the air flow under doorways.
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*Based on results of studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s Hot Carbonating Extraction process. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple homes. Hard surface bacteria tests were based on independent lab testing associated with U.S. EPA registration #s 84683-3-74771 and 70385-6; sealed stone and VCT surfaces were evaluated and bacteria tested include salmonella, influenza and E. coli.