FILTRATION SOIL CLEANING NOTICE
(Those ugly black lines around the baseboards and under doorways)

If you have light colored carpet, you may have experienced the dark lines that appear mostly around the edge of the room and under doorways. This soiling is called filtration soiling because it comes from air passing through the carpet as it attempting to get through the carpet as it attempting to get through the crack between the carpet and the baseboard or under a closed door. As the air passes through the edge of the carpet pile, this microscopic soiling is deposited there (hence the term filtration soiling). This occurs over a significant period of time and is not noticed until a build up has occurred.

This type of soiling is difficult to remove because the soil particles are so fine that they penetrate deep into the carpet pile, sometimes into the backing of the carpet. Can it be removed? Sometimes. With special products, time and effort, reasonable results can sometimes be achieved. To help prevent filtration soiling, vacuum and wipe the edges of the carpeting on a regular basis. Be careful around the tackstrip on the edge of the carpeting, it could nick your fingers! If it continues, we may have to disengage the carpet installation, seal the opening in the wall, and reinstall the carpet.

  • The best household spot cleaner used for everyday spots is white vinegar and water, mixed 50/50 into a spray bottle. Apply vinegar/water mix to stain on carpet, use damp white towel to work mixture onto stain. Then with a dry towel use to work to center of stain to blot up. Repeat if necessary.

  • STAY AWAY from any soap based products. (Resolve, Spot shot, etc.) They leave a soap residue in the carpet that will attract everyday dirt and will cause your vacuuming to be inefficient and the spot will get bigger overtime. Oxi-clean has oxi brighteners in product that can bleach the color of the carpet out.

  • Fingernail polish can be removed with regular finger nail polish remover, without lanolin. wait a few seconds, blot with towel, repeat until all is removed.

  • Pet Urine - If you can catch it quickly, use the vinegar and water method, if stain reappears professional cleaning is a must.

    A-1 Steem It has a 3 step process for urine removal.

    1. Apply sanitizer to reach the padding.

    2. Professional cleaning using the hot steam extraction method, over 200 degree steam.

    3. Apply a urine neutralizer- to neutralize acid in urine.( if the stain is not neutralized the stain will reappear after drying.)

  • Berber carpet - do not get over saturated or apply excessive store bought cleaning agents. Always get as dry as possible. Berber carpets easily brown.

  • 3m Scotchgard - When having 3m Scotchgard applied, you should always receive an authenticity certificate verifying that it is 3M Scotchgard brand. Not just any generic protector that is an inefficient product. A-1 Steem It is a licensed applicator of 3M Scotchgard.


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