The Black Dirt Around Your Baseboards.

It’s not caused from the quality of your carpet or the quality of your vacuum. It’s not even caused by your little boy who seems to drip with dirt every time he comes in from the back yard. Filtration Soiling is the build up of airborne dirt and residue from your home in areas where there is a concentrated air flow.  It’s hard to remove and can be quite an eyesore! Don’t give up on your carpet quite yet, however! There are other methods of removal (besides calling Kaufman’s Carpet Cleaning Meridian, Idaho) and ways to reduce or prevent those black lines from coming back.

Ways to Reduce
Locating the cause of filtration soiling can sometimes prove to be very difficult. As stated earlier, the cause is two-fold, the airborne dirt AND the concentrated airflow. It may be necessary to seal any cracks under the carpeting along the baseboards and possibly the sub-floor.  People notice filtration soiling the most under a closed off area where their HVAC system is held. When possible keep this area open. Keep air filters clean and always replace them with high efficiency HVAC air filters. Keep the air in your home as clean as possible. Even the smallest thing like burning a candle can cause airborne particles to be released and absorbed by your carpet fibers. Oily dirt particles that are absorbed will only attract more dirt, so remember to use your overhead fan when cooking on the stove top.

Ways to Clean
Depending on the length of time, the type of dirt and any previous methods used to clean, filtration soiling can sometimes prove to be extremely difficult to remove. Even after a professional cleaner has been consulted, stretching the carpet and removing the soiled areas sometimes proves to be the best method of removal.

For water soluble soiling, use an alkaline high traffic cleaning solution. Mix the solution according to manufacturer’s directions and apply a direct stream using a spray bottle.  Allow the cleaner to sit for 10-15 minutes and then agitate the area with a brush or your fingertips (the tougher the agitation the better as more dirt will be released). Finish by applying very hot water and drying (using a rinse solution may be needed as well depending on the cleaning solution selected). Suction drying with a high powered wet/dry vacuum is recommended as any detergent that is left on the carpet will only attract more dirt. Repeat as needed.  You can also call us at Kaufman’s Carpet Cleaning Meridian, Idaho as we continuously carry a dry solvent chemical.

For soiling with an oily residue follow the same steps above then apply a dry solvent.  The same solvent that is used to clean paint brushes will work. Do NOT let the solvent saturate as it will compromise the backing of your carpet. When using dry solvent, always make sure to follow the safety precautions listed on the bottle. Learn more about our carpet cleaning services on our website.

About the Author
Ryan Kaufman is the owner and CEO of Kaufman’s Carpet Cleaning Meridian, Idaho.
You can contact him at 208-887-1681.

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  1. Carpet cleaning is an important routine that you must never miss. Dirt hides in the deepest fiber of the materials and is an important contributor in the shelf life of your investment. Thank you for this nice blog post.

  2. Steam carpet cleaning is very useful concept for the black dots of our carpets. I can use this trick at my home. Thanks for sharing.

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