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HEALTHY, WEALTHY & WISE APRIL 2016 Published exclusively for clients of ABC Cleaning “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell In This Issue What Causes Those Mysterious Dark Lines? Conquering Cataracts Those Doggone Allergies Golf Preparedness Recipe: Strawberry Spinach Salad Good Clean Funnies and Quick Tips APRIL IS APPRECIATION MONTH ABC CLEANING 555.123.4567 Carpet, Rugs & Upholstery Hard Surface Cleaning Commercial Services Water Removal & Restoration Fabric & Carpet Protection Exterior Cleaning Services Windows, Roof & Pressure Washing You may have noticed it in your own home, or the home of a neighbor or friend– dark, dirty-looking lines in the carpet around the baseboards, under doors and on stairs. What is it? Can it be removed? Will it come back? What Causes Those Mysterious Dark Lines? The dark greyish or black discolorations that occur in carpet around the perimeter of rooms and in the doorways of some houses can be a source of embarrassment and frustration. Our customers rely on us not only to clean their carpets, but also to educate them about how to maintain their carpet. Before we explain what these mysterious dark lines are, we’ll talk about what they are not. Contrary to what you may think, it has absolutely nothing to do with accumulated dust from poor housekeeping. It is not a defect in carpet. And although some believe it to be mold, it is not. Even pest control companies have been wrongly accused of causing these unsightly lines with their treatments. So what IS it? It’s filtration soiling. Although it can happen in any home, filtration soiling is most common in homes that have forced air HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems. At certain locations in the carpet, air is being forced through the fibers by pressure and temperature differentials. The carpet fibers act as a filter, trapping pollutants that are in the air. Some of these pollutants are the product of combustion and contain carbon. Common sources are automobile exhaust, industrial air pollution, tobacco smoke, and even natural gas or oil furnaces. This carbon, combined with oily residues from cooking and other sources, adheres to the carpet with very powerful electrostatic and chemical bonds. Continued on next page }