filtration soilingIf you own a light coloured carpet you might have noticed an unsightly dark-greyish line appearing around the outer edges over time. You’ll usually notice it more in the proximity of your skirting boards, underneath doorways, and in the vicinity of floor-level air vents. This is known in the trade as filtration soiling but what exactly is that? More importantly how do you eradicate it? Let’s take a closer look.

Filtration soiling has a lot to do with your HVAC system, particularly the function of it. You see, when the vents of your HVAC introduce air into a room, sub-par ventilation means that any old air left in the room can’t escape quick enough. As such it tries to find alternative ways out. In this case that’s tiny gaps where your carpets meets doorways and skirting boards.

Under normal circumstances this wouldn’t be a problem, but the escaping air is far from clean. Instead it carries pollutants in the form of ash, dust, microbes, and bacteria. Of course as the stale air tries to escape over your carpet and through any gap it acts like a filter and traps the pollutants, locking them into your carpet fibres – hence the unsightly grey-black line.

So now you know what filtration soiling is, can it be eradicated?

Unfortunately, no amount of vigorous vacuuming is going to shift ingrained particles lying deep within your carpet fibres. That’s the bad news! The good news is that it can often be removed by professional steam cleaning, if not too badly soiled.

Look for a professional company that utilises the latest hot water extraction equipment. During this process precise amounts of hot water are injected at speed deep into your carpet fibres. This lifts any dust, grime and/or bacteria hiding within the fibres. Next strong suction removes it completely while washing the carpet. The result (hopefully) is no more horrible grey-black line and a fresh smelling, clean looking carpet.

They say that prevention is better than cure, so now you know how you can deal with the problem, How can you stop it from occurring in the first place? The answer… you need to address the source of the problem. This could be that your HVC filters need cleaning or replacing. Or alternatively any tiny gaps between your skirting boards and the wall should be sealed so air can’t escape this way. You might want to adopt a ‘door open’ policy to maintain consistent freed air flow and finally, how about trying to limit the amount of pollutants in your room such as smoke or dust.

As you can see, filtration soiling can be a problem but it doesn’t have to be if you know how to prevent it. For further information or if you’d like a free no obligation quote, contact Carpet Cleaning Kings on 1300 7000 75 today.