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Draft Marks.

Posted by rob_s (rob_s), 15 February 2004
Hi Guys,
            I have a question to ask about the black mark that appears around the perimeter of some carpets,that we refer to as the (Draft Mark).

Could anyone tell me its composition and why it only appears around the perimeter of the room.

Many thanks
                    rob-s Huh Huh
Posted by strakercleaning (strakercleaning), 15 February 2004
Rob, These draught marks are generally dust that gets drawn up through floors and gets deposited around edge of carpets via skirting boards. Can find them as lines under doors, especially airing cupboards and front doors. Worst cases are rows of dots coming out from skirtings........caused by knee kicker piercing membrane in carpet during fitting. This is sometimes quite pronounced and harder to remove, although it could have been avoided in the first place.
I always use Prochems Citrus Gel or Ashbys Anti Grease with great success but warn client that results may not be 100% as marks are from backing. Wetting through to backing carries risks of browning so CAUTION. Marks will reappear eventually but advise that problem areas are THOUROUGHLY vacuumed monthly to keep at bay.
Posted by Jim_Lynch (Jim_Lynch), 15 February 2004
Hi Rob. They are also known as filtration lines or filtration soiling. Here are some articles you may like to read...

Hope that helps.


Posted by rob_s (rob_s), 15 February 2004
Hi Strakercleaning,
                         Thanks for your reply.

Posted by rob_s (rob_s), 15 February 2004
Cheers Jim.


                    rob-s  Grin
Posted by Robert_O (Robert Olifent), 15 February 2004
Another good way to prevent the draught marks from reappearing through puncture holes in the backing, is to stick some gaffe/ Duck tape over the holes in the backing of the carpet (seal the holes).


Posted by Dynafoam (Dynafoam), 15 February 2004

In addition to the usefull links posted by JIm, there was an interesting thead on this subject here, started about 10 days ago - have a look.


Posted by Nigel_W (Nigel_W), 15 February 2004

If you look at the above link it contains info about the causes and appearance of draft marking

Posted by rob_s (rob_s), 15 February 2004
Thanks to all of you for your replys.


Posted by woodman (woodman), 16 February 2004
Strange Huh

My post on this subject has vanished without trace.

Come on Derek you don't have to delete it just because you don't agree Grin
Posted by Derek (Derek Bolton), 16 February 2004
Hey Woody

I never put a finger near my delete button... honest Undecided

It was either you punched into a rival bulletin board by mistake or one of the other moderators zapped it for some reason!

You have me intrigued now...I wish I had seen it...

Posted by Mike_Boxall (Mike_Boxall), 16 February 2004
I didn't delete it!!

I would have assumed there had been a glitch in the system but then some odd things have been happening recently...will investigate!

Posted by Derek (Derek Bolton), 16 February 2004
Hey Mike

I reckon he forgot to press the 'send' button...It's OK... put it down to his age...they tell me he's harmless if you don't feed him Wink Grin

Kind regards
Posted by Jim_Lynch (Jim_Lynch), 17 February 2004
Woodman, there was an earlier thread with the same heading, on which you posted on 9th Feb. Perhaps you are confusing that thread with this one.


Posted by woodman (woodman), 17 February 2004
Roll Eyes

Its easily done Jim, I some times can't keep up with all the posts Wink

Besides I have to keep Derek on his toes as he does like to dozzzze off at his computer the poor old feller every now and again Grin

( I'm not on another board Derek is someone posting elswhere with my name Angry )
Posted by Jim_Lynch (Jim_Lynch), 17 February 2004
Yeah, I know how it is when you go to bed, get up and see someone posted something controversial under your name the night before....I tell ya, if I catch the bugger... Angry


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