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Filtration Lines

Filtration Soiling

Even if you’ve never heard of filtration soiling, you’ve probably seen it; Olympia's Meridian Chem-Dry certainly has. Filtration soiling is the term used to describe those ugly black lines you can find in carpeting around the baseboards and under doorways. These lines are caused when a concentration of air flows through the carpet, leaving behind a deposit of dust, smog, oils, and other airborne pollutants.

Filtration soils can be composed of any number of different substances, including fireplace or automobile emissions, residue from furniture polishes, fine sand or clay particles, cooking oils, or a host of other substances. These soils are problematic for two reasons: They tend to be oily, and attract even more soils and stains; they also tend to be fine, which allows them to penetrate deep into carpet fibers – even down into the padding.

It isn’t easy to reduce or prevent filtration soiling, but there are measures you can take which might help:

  • Vacuum and wipe the edges of the carpeting on a regular basis
  • Seal cracks in the subfloor, under baseboards, and at edges of stairs to restrict airflow
  • Keep indoor air clean; eliminate cigarette smoke and cleaning chemicals where possible
  • Use high-efficiency HVAC air filters, and replace them as directed
  • Use high-efficiency vacuum cleaner bags

Can filtration soils be cleaned away? Sometimes. If anyone can do it, the certified carpet cleaning technicians at Meridian Chem-Dry can. But because the filtration soils are oily and fine and penetrate deeply, they are difficult to remove. With our special techniques, solutions, and unparalleled expertise, positive results can be achieved.

If you have filtration soiling, and want to know if we can help, call us; we’ll be glad to provide a free phone consultation and estimate. Meridian Chem-Dry is proud to clean and brighten carpets in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, Shelton, and for miles around.