How to Care for Carpet Filtration Linescarpet filtration lines

(Those ugly black lines around the baseboards and under doorways)

If you have light colored carpet, you may have experienced these dark lines that appear on the 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 process occurs over a significant period of time and is not noticable until a significant 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. Call John’s Chem-Dry of Whatcom County at (360) 734-3551 for a free phone consultation and estimate.

The way to handle filtration lines is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. To help prevent filtration soiling, vacuum and wipe the edges of the carpeting on a regular basis. You might have to use an attachment on your vacuum to reach and thoroughly clean the edges of your carpets.

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