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Why are there black lines on the edges of my carpet?
Have you ever looked down as your freshly vacuumed carpet and saw about a 2-inch dark band-like line around the edge of the carpet? That is what is known as a filtration line. Let’s take a look at what it is, what you can do to combat them as well as a few preventative measures you can take to keep your carpets lookingtheir absolute best.
What they are.
Filtration lines are the dark lines you see around the perimeter of a room. They develop gradually, usually around the edge of rooms, under the baseboards, under doors, floor length drapes or even on the edges of stairs and occasionally under skirting of furniture. They are primarily made of fine dirt particulates. Because the particle is so fine, it will embed themselves deep into the yarn fiber of the carpet pile, often times, bonding to the yarn.
Why do they happen, is it a defect in the carpet?
No, it is not a defect in your carpet. You will notice them more on carpet that is lighter in coloring and can develop slowly. Because your carpet is a big filter for all the air in your home, that is where those fine particles can be trapped. Even with consistent vacuuming, it can and often does build up. The edges of carpet are often times, not hit very well with a standard vacuum.
How can I combat them?
Can they be removed?
These are extremely difficult to remove. Please use caution when using do it yourself methods as the wrong combination of chemicals can cause serious damage. We recommend the following.
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