Soot, the byproduct of a fire, whether a raging forest fire or
a small kitchen fire, and even from the burning of candles and scents, can pose
serious health threats to those who are subject to breathing in the soot particles.
It is the product of material that didn’t totally go through the combustion process of burning. The soot found outside after a fire is classified as a criteria pollutant and is regulated by the EPA. Those who are called in to clean up after a fire is out, such as firemen or cleaning and restoration professionals, understand the dangers involved and how to properly remediate the damage. The majority of consumers may not.
Delicious smelling scents from candles can provide an inviting fragrance in a home. There are hundreds of scents available, from favorites such as vanilla, citrus, lavender, and more. Yet, as inviting as those scents may be, there are some concerns you should consider as you burn them.
Burning candles can produce pollutants such as acetone, toluene, benzene, and others. These pollutants are also found in soot. It has been noted by various environmental groups and indoor air quality specialists that these scented candles put off smoke, sometimes invisible, that can be leaving an unhealthy residue in your home. If the flame of your candle isn’t totally blue, there is no doubt soot is being produced.
YOUR WALL-TO-WALL CARPET ACTS AS A FILTER
The carpet in your home acts as a filter. As hot air rises and peaks out at the ceiling tops it is redirected to cooler surfaces, such as the outer walls or another room, and travels down to the carpet. As the air passes through or across the carpet, it carries microscopic particles of dirt, dust, and soot. Some of these soil particles can be the result of fireplace emissions, as well as from cooking oils that have become airborne, cigarette and cigar smoke, burning candles, and even the residue from furniture polish.
Soils that are primarily oily can form an electrical bond with the fiber. Their size makes it easy for them to attach to the dye sites on the fibers that hold the color of the carpet, making removal extremely difficult or impossible. These oily soils trapped by the carpet will also attract more dry soil.
WHAT ARE THOSE DARK LINES ON THE EDGES OF MY CARPET?
The airborne soil particles settle and become embedded in the carpet pile yarns, bonding to the fiber. Because the soil is very fine, it can penetrate deeply into the yarns. They produce lines known in the carpet cleaning industry as soil filtration lines, soil lines, smog lines, and perimeter soiling. They are dark, soiled areas that develop gradually on carpeting.
WHERE ARE SOIL FILTRATION LINES USUALLY FOUND?
Soil filtration lines are most common around the edges of a room next to the wall, under baseboards, under floor length draperies, under doors, and on edges of stairs. They can develop anywhere there is an air space, such as between floorboards or spaces in the sub flooring under the carpeting. Bedroom doors that are closed at night, especially where windows are left open, are likely to develop the lines as well.
WHY ARE OLDER HOMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE THESE LINES?
Older homes with carpet are especially prone to these stains. Although thick carpet padding covers most of the floor, there usually isn’t padding at the edges. Instead, there are tack strips to hold the carpet in place and air can seep around the tack strips much more easily than through the thick carpet padding. Modern homes often install caulk, foam or another material between the bottom of the wall framing and the sub floor to minimize drafts and air leaks, making it tougher for the particles to settle.
CAN SOIL FILTRATION LINES BE REMOVED?
These soil filtration lines, especially noticeable on light colored carpet fibers, are extremely difficult to remove, if not impossible, even after a thorough professional carpet cleaning.
Although we no longer provide a smoke or fire restoration service, we are still here to answer any questions you might have.
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