Footmarking is seen as marks confined to a small area on the carpet pile that are normally caused by friction related with usual foot traffic or by dragging stuff on the area. The marks caused by footmarking are impermanent and can be undone by vacuuming or combing of the pile fibres in the regular direction of the pile lay. The problem of Footmarking is typical of nearly all cut pile carpets.
Tracking is the knocking down or crushing of the carpet pile in spots that get more rigorous foot traffic than the other areas. Tracking can emerge in carpets of any structure and will depend on high traffic patterns and the wearing character of the carpet that has been laid.