How do I get rid of the black lines around the edge of my carpet?

How do I get rid of the black lines around the edge of my carpet?

Where did those lines come from?

This is so common in homes in this area that when someone tells me they have gray or black lines at the edges of their carpet, I am 99% sure that  they are from filtration soiling.   When it’s not, it turns out that someone has been burning candles in a room with carpet (don’t do that!).  Filtration soiling is micro soiling over time as airborne particles are deposited on the carpet.  This is at the points of greatest airflow, and it is often caused by a heating and air conditioning system that is not drawing air efficiently.  Because it can’t pull as much air as it needs through the filters, it pulls wherever it can, and that usually means it’s pulling air through the crack between the wall and the floor, and pulling it right over the carpet, gradually building up a visible stain.

Can you clean it?

We usually can make considerable improvement in it.  The longer it has been accumulating, the harder it will be.  We will clean a three-foot section for you, which will do two things:

  • It will show you what results to expect for the rest of the carpet.
  • It will show us how difficult it will be to clean it.

We will quote the rest of the areas based on the portion we just did.  It usually runs between $10-$20 per area, an area being a room of up to 250 square feet, or hallway, or stairs.

Can I clean it?

Maybe, but probably not.  We use a very high-pH cleaner to remove this, so it’s important that we be able to remove and neutralize it.  If you did the same thing, using a strong cleaner like ammonia, you may get good results, but the carpet would remain at a very high pH and the resoiling would happen much more quickly than it happened the first time.

How can I avoid this problem?

Change the filters frequently in your HVAC system.  Unless your system is specifically made for HEPA filters, I recommend using the cheap, blue ones–they are cheap enough that you can keep a good supply of them, and change between every month and every quarter, depending on how fast they accumulate dust.  More expensive filters are more restrictive, so even if you change those frequently, your system will still have trouble pulling air through them, and you will wind up with more black lines on the carpet.

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    Cregg Barbour
    11:16 17 Mar 21
    We have a large dining room in our upscale senior living community, Tony has cleaned it twice for us and it is unbelievable how much this improves the look of this carpet each time we use their services.
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    Anita Harris
    20:02 06 Oct 19
    Tony just finished cleaning the carpet in most of my house (I was too lazy to pick up stuff from other rooms, so...) - excellent job, even taking the time to tell me of some of his concerns in areas where my fur babies have sprayed. He applied all the right stuff, even got rust up, and took his time with the various phases. Pulled up a LOT of cat hair in the bedroom, which was great. The carpets are 20+ years old, but they look near-new (from my perspective).
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    K Birk
    21:09 21 Aug 19
    This is the company to use. My parents recommended him because they were so happy with his services. Tony came out and did a fantastic job. My carpet had quite a few stains and I wasn't sure they would come out. But Tony got them out! Carpet looks amazing. He was on time and extremely professional. I would highly recommend him. You won't be disappointed!
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    12:04 13 Jul 19
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    Susan
    19:41 14 Jan 19
    Tony is incredibly educated on the science behind cleaning your carpets. And he cares so he does good work. I highly recommend Tony - he is worth the wait.
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    Amanda Viele
    13:05 22 Sep 18
    We were preparing to put our rental house on the market and were concerned about the 13 year old carpet being a set back for us so we wanted a cleaning company that could get the carpet looking it’s best so we could possibly avoid having to put new carpet in. Tony did such an amazing job cleaning the carpets and I’m happy to say we received a full price offer from our very first showing within hours of being on the market. Not only did he get the carpets looking fresh and plush again but he took the time to explain the process as well as being very upfront and honest about what we could expect. His pricing is extremely fair and customer service is stellar! I HIGHLY recommend Keech Clean and will definitely be using them in the future! Thanks Tony!
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