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Most commonly encountered carpet soils

September 19, 2012

MUKILTEO, WA — There are actually several different types of soils and contaminants found in carpets, and knowing what type of soil is in the carpet is frequently the first step in effectively removing it, according to a press release.

soiled carpetThis month's U.S. Products Carpet Cleaning Advisory focuses on the top 10 soils that most often end up in carpets and how they got there in the first place, the release stated.

According to the release, the top five soils most often found in carpets include:

  1. Sand, clay and other "gritty" materials
  2. Natural fibers such as lint from clothing
  3. Gum
  4. Petroleum, oil and grease
  5. Human hair and skin.

As much as 80 percent of these soils are actually deposited onto carpets from the shoe bottoms of people walking into facilities, the release noted.

"Making matters worse, the soil, now transferred to the carpet, can transfer back on to someone else’s shoes and then become transferred once again to another area of the carpet, spreading the soil throughout the facility," said Mark Baxter, a carpet cleaning expert and product manager for U.S. Products.

For the remaining soils found in carpets, click here.