What are those dark lines around the edge of my carpet?
One of the top 10 problems that homeowners face in the carpet cleaning Corona world, (or anywhere around this area) is those dark lines around the edge of the carpet.Lines can also show up under doorsways that are kept closed a lot. Edges of staircases are also an area that the problem appears. Although not all homes have these dark lines, in my experience MOST have a few here or there. Clearly the color of your carpet will help to either hide the problem or make it more obvious.
Those dark lines around the edge are called Soil Filtration Lines
Soil Filtration Lines is a term used to describe dark, grayish lines that may appear on carpet around baseboards, under doors, along the edges of stairs and possibly away from walls where plywood subflooring materials have been joined.
This is not a carpet defect, but a situation in which dust, smog, and other airborne pollutants can accumulate on the carpet face fibers in areas with a concentrated flow of air over the carpet or through tiny cracks or other open areas under the carpet . As the pollutants pass thorough the carpet, the fibers act as a filter to remove the fine particles of airborne soil. The soiling condition can occur quickly or it may develop over a period of months or years. The level of soiling is dependent upon the volume of air flow and the level of pollutants in the air.
Filtration soils may be fireplace or automobile emissions, residue from furniture polishes, fine sand or clay particles, cooking oils, or a host of other soils. Oily airborne contaminants trapped by carpet fibers will serve to attract more dry soils. The burning of candles and as well as heavy smokers in the home or building can also contribute greatly.
Soil Filtration has nothing to do with the quality of your carpet. The condition will obviously appear more pronounced on lighter colorations than darker color tones.
As indicated, filtration soiling can occur under closed interior doors where a central heating, ventilation, and air condition (HVAC) system is utilized. Interior doors should remain open to reduce filtration soiling that may develop under closed doors while the HVAC system is in operation.
How to prevent Soil Filtration Lines
It is difficult to identify effective methods to reduce or prevent filtration soiling. Preventing airflow through carpet and carpet edges by sealing cracks in the subfloor, as well as under baseboards and edges of stairs may reduce filtration soiling problems. Keeping air inside the home as clean as possible can be accomplished by reducing indoor pollutants such as cigarette smoke and cleaning chemicals; by the installation and regular replacement of high efficiency HVAC air filters, and by use of high efficiency vacuum cleaner bags.
While the complete removal of soil filtration lines can not always be guaranteed, at Quick Dry Carpet Cleaning - Inland Empire we do have professional cleaning procedures and solutions that can reduce the appearance of these lines. However be aware removal is a labor and time intensive process. call our office at 951-805-2909.