Black mark of the rubber wheel

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    I got a call from a building manager. There is a long track of black mark on the carpet in the hallway. It’s caused by a dolly which has one wheel doesn’t turn. There were heavy stuff on the dolly to move.

    I don’t think there is any grease in it. Most of it should be rubber.
    I tried to clean with HWE. It became lighter but is still visible.

    Hope to get some advice on how the black mark can be removed.

    Thanks in advance.
    Jason
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    A little more input would help.
    Type of fiber the carpet is made from?
    What color carpet is it?
    The wheel probably has asphalt and or something similar like discarded tire carcass that is bound in its construction. (asphalt cause it will absorb it through its life cycle)
    So if thats the case you will want to treat it as an oil based stain.
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    if its olefin , forget it . Its a friction burn and it basically melted the carpet fiber . Feel the fiber and it will have a distict feel to it , like a burn .

    Hope its not olefin - good luck
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    This is just a shot in the dark and assumes it's not a burn mark. Usually when I have a tough to remove black stain, Fels Naptha will take care of it. That being said, I've never tried it on a rubber mark.
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    Reminds me of bicycle skid marks on carpeted common hallways I've seen in the ghetto........I never was able to get those out but I can't say I tried very hard.
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    For rubber, apply a solvent and let that dwell before HWE cleaning. I like a gellled solvent for this like Gel Break.

    But it does sound like a friction burn. Melted carpet won't clean away. Will only be lightened by cleaning. Some burns have been scraped off with a razor blade similar to scraping toast that has burnt.
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    I am with Scott here.
    If it is the ladder as he has indicated.
    You can pick up a metal groomers comb from your local feed store.
    This will help stand the damaged fibers up in the areas that are most affected by the burn. (work sparingly and slowly blending the damaged area to that of the unaffected area.)
    You will be shocked at just how much better it will look if you take your time to stand the fibers up then use a stencil knife to seperate each strand.
    I would like to see the before and after treatment photos.
    Good luck!
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    Citra solve on a clean towel, lightly rub... extract very well. shuold do the trick unless there is friction burn to the fibers. good luck.
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    Sounds like the dreaded friction burn! The worst thing about a friction burn is convincing the property manager/owner what happened.

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