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Why Do My Rugs Have Black Edges?

One of the most frequently asked questions is "what is the black staining along the edge of my carpet and wall?" This is called filtration soiling.

Filtration soiling is common in many homes that have a forced air heating system. Air carrying dirt and soot particles is moved through gaps in the wall and floors, and the carpet acts as a filter for those particles. Because most vacuum cleaners can't reach the edges and corners, over time dirt particles build up along the edge of the carpet causing it to turn black. The best way to keep this from happening is to have your carpets professionally cleaned regularly. McCartin’s Services uses the state-of-the-art hot water extraction process and our attention to detail is unsurpassed. We scrub the edges of all walls and corners. We do not shy away from hard work! This is the only way to get those edges and corners as clean as possible.


No matter how clean a house is or how much it is vacuumed, filtration soiling will still occur. Because most homes aren’t 100% airtight, air moves through gaps in floors and walls, and the carpet acts the same as a furnace filter by trapping airborne contaminants.

These ultra-fine dirt particles bond solidly with carpet and become easy to see. Especially around baseboards that are usually white or light in color.


If your carpets are looking a little drab, it’s time to schedule an appointment with McCartin’s. Book now! (215) 953-9593

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