Here at the Patrick Trimble Team we recognize that when it comes to providing you with world class real estate service that the smallest details often make the most difference. That same philosophy can apply to how we care for and maintain our home!
When it comes to Spring cleaning we probably all have the same items on our to-do list and so often the little things can slip through the cracks. One of the most commonly overlooked items are those dark lines or bands of soil that you find along walls and under doors that are kept closed for a length of time. These lines are called soil filtration lines and removing them can go a long way in improving the presentation of your home. So how can you rid your home of these annoying lines at the edge of your carpet? Here are some tips!
Know your enemy!
Filtration lines occur when pressure causes air to pass through the small space between the carpet and the baseboard where the microscopic dirt particles are deposited over time. All homes develop these soil filtration lines and they are not usually noticed until a buildup has occurred. I vacuum all the time and it still happens! No matter how clean your house is or how often you vacuum these lines will occur. It is important to clean these areas once a year to prevent build up. Simple vacuuming may not do the trick unless you use an attachment that fits snuggly in the crevasse between the carpet and the base board. Using carpet foam and a scrub brush once a year should keep these lines from becoming too noticeable. Ok, I already have these dark lines.
What can I do to clean them?
First, you will want to move any furniture away from the affected area so you can have easy access to where you want to clean. You will have to apply some pressure so just reaching under a piece of furniture probably will not give you the result you are looking for. Next you will want to apply some sort of strong non-bleach carpet cleaner to the affected area and let it soak for about a half an hour. Then, using a crevasse tool or a sturdy brush you will scrape or brush the affected area from one end to the other. You will see that this will pull up a great deal of dirt and grime so take your time and be thorough. Then using a carpet cleaner or Shop-Vac with a crevasse attachment press hard and clean the entire area moving back and forth several times.
How often should I do this?
It is a good idea to do this once a year. Keeping up with the cleaning of your carpet is always better than waiting until the dirt is visible. We would also recommend that you do your homework and follow any specific cleaning instructions relevant to the type of carpet that is in your house.
We hope these tips are helpful.
Thanks, and have a lovely Spring!