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Got Black Marks Between Your Skirting Boards And Carpets?

Feb 22, 2008
What causes those black marks around the carpet and skirting boards? Two possible answers to this first is fluff where the vacuum not picking it up or

Air flow. This air flow can come from many different sources. The gap between the floor and maybe the wall. It depends on how your house is built or renovated.

The right way to fit skirting boards is with a small gap between it and the floor this is so when the carpet fitter comes along he fits his gripper that holds the carpet in place on the floor leaving a small gap and then the carpet tucks down into the gap between the gripper and the skirting board.

It's now possible to get big rolls of card that is used under carpets for this problem. Lay this down tape joints and run tape around the baseboard. Job done.

Or after taking up the carpet run a product like gapfill round the baseboard. Tape the joints on the underlay making sure there are no holes in the underlay as you will get marks on the carpet above if you miss these. Put carpet back down and clean.

Using cedar paper and flexible tape work well. When you get the carpet cleaned it will need to be cleaned with the right product, so use a cleaner that know his stuff.

Lift carpet Run gapfill along bottom of skirting if these marks are where the fitter laying the carpet has punctured the underlay use flexible tape and seal these up. Refit carpet.

Next time you have any carpets fitted make sure that the carpet fitters lay your carpets to this high standard. You will need to tell them about the problem. And as you know what the cause is you can't get ripped off.
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About the Author Ian Harper owns and operates a carpet cleaning company,
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