Your shoes bring in dirt and mud from the outside. You may have noticed your carpet getting particularly dirty, and sometimes even black, along the corners and walls of the room. Why is it that the carpet gets so dirty along the walls and corners of the room?
Black Edges in Carpets: What Causes Them?
Filter soiling is the term for gray or black marks that appear on your carpet. It has nothing to do with potting dirt (although they are roughly the same color). The term refers to dirt (or soiling) caused by the filtration system, which is your air ducts.
Did you know that your air ducts are so dirty? You can see the evidence on your carpet. The dirty air is blown into your house when contaminants pass through your ventilation system. The carpet is a filter that collects dirt in the air.
If you have carpet that is soiled, it’s likely because the airflow has been restricted.
- The corners of the room
- Where the carpet meets the wall, along the edge of the wall
- The edges of carpeted stairways
In extreme cases, you may need to place the floorboards underneath the carpet.
- The carpeted areas are where the air vents meet.
- Under-door gaps
- The bottoms of the curtains have gaps, which often create wavy lines.
- Carpet nails can cause holes in the carpet.
- Cooking oils, fireplace ash, and cigarettes are the most common household contaminants that contribute to filter soiling.
How Do You Clean Filter Sludge?
Filtration and soiling can be extremely difficult to remove. They are so fine that they can penetrate deep into carpet fibers. Oil is often bonded to the carpet fibers, especially when the source of the filtration soiling is oily, such as candles or cooking oils.
If you’ve just noticed black marks, it is most likely that the soil from filtration is fresh and easier to remove. If you have been unable to solve this problem for many years, the marks are unlikely to be completely removed.
It’s best to leave the carpet cleaning to the professionals, as filtration soiling has been deeply embedded in the fibers of your carpet. Steam cleaning is the most common method used by professional carpet cleaners. Steam cleaning is the most common method used by professional carpet cleaners.
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