How to clean the edges of carpeting after I have my carpets cleaned?


We have our wall to wall carpets cleaned professionally. But over time, the edges look dirty once the carpets are dry. I guess any remaining dirt travels to the edges as the carpets dry? I have never thought to ask our carpet cleaner. How do I clean the edges myself? What is the best and easiest way. Thanks, Laura

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  • Mary Rourk Mary Rourk on Apr 11, 2019

    Spray alcohol on it and rub it

    • Laura Laura on Apr 12, 2019

      Thank you. Do you us ed isopropel alcohol 70%? Or 91%?

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Apr 11, 2019

    Laura....We buy Blue Magic from AutoZone and use on our carpet and it works really well. You can use a soft brush or a clean rag.

  • William William on Apr 11, 2019

    The carpet cleaners should have done the job correctly.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Apr 11, 2019

    doesn't sounds professional ---- Edge cleaning is expensive because the cleaning solution needs to be scrubbed in by hand with a soft brush or a carpet grooming tool and then extracted, ideally with a unit mounted on a truck outside. Cleaning edges of carpets is harder than cleaning the main expanse of a room because of maneuvering the carpet-cleaning tools.You have what folks in the carpet-cleaning business call “soil filtration” and what energy-efficiency experts often call “ghosting.”

    Where the risers meet the wall and under the baseboards at the edges of your living room, air is moving through gaps because of air pressure differences caused by temperature variations, wind or fans running your heating and cooling system. The carpet is filtering that air quite effectively, trapping enough tiny carbon particles to build up into stains.

    The particles could come from tobacco smoke, a fireplace, incense, gas water heaters or furnaces,central AC/heat candles,even pilot lights. When Building Science Corporation, a consulting company in Westford, Massachusetts, studied the problem, it identified candles as a key source and blamed the candle industry for not warning consumers that the smoke could stain carpets.

    Edges of a room are especially prone to the stains. Thick carpet padding covers most of the floor, but there usually isn’t padding at the edges. Instead, there are tack strips to hold the carpet in place. Air can seep around the tack strips better than it can push through thick carpet padding. Builders today often install caulk, foam or another material between the sill plate (the bottom of the wall framing) and the subfloor to minimize drafts and air leaks, but an older home such as yours would not have that.

    Unfortunately, the sooty particles are not easy to remove.Once the stains are removed, they will probably come back unless you address the underlying causes. To stretch the time between cleanings, eliminate sources of fine carbon particles as much as you can.HERE'S way to get it clean

    • Laura Laura on Apr 12, 2019

      This is great, This gives me quite a few things to consider about our home and this problem. thank you so much.