If area rugs aren't stored properly, they can lose their shape, attract pests, and gather unpleasant aromas. Also, even when wrapped and rolled away in a storage place, rugs and carpets can be fairly enormous.
It is not a difficult task to learn how to properly store rugs. Follow these procedures to prepare your rug for storage to keep it safe and protected.
- Thoroughly clean the rug.
- Protect the rug from moths and other insects.
- Tightly roll the rug for storage.
- Store the rug off the ground in a cool, dry environment.
- Unroll and check the rug for signs of damage every few months
Thoroughly clean the rug.
Vacuum the rug well before beginning the rug storing process. To ensure that you lift as much dander, dust, and other small particles as possible, use a good-quality vacuum. To avoid damaging the exquisite weaving of some pricey area rugs, use extreme caution when vacuuming them.
After vacuuming, clean the rug according to the manufacturer's instructions. Depending on the rug's material and construction, different cleaning methods may be necessary. Check the label first, then use one of the methods listed below.
Protect the rug from moths and other insects.
If you're storing an area rug in a basement, attic, or garage, take extra precautions to keep it free of moths and insects. Use an insect and moth repellant made specifically for fabrics.
Tightly roll the rug for storage.
A rug or carpet should never be folded! Crease, cracks, and other damage can result from folding. Instead, make an even cylinder out of the carpet.
Decide which side of your rug is more fragile: the back or the pile, where the fibres reside. In general, the pile on a rug is more delicate, so roll it with the pile facing inward.Store the rug off the ground in a cool, dry environment.
When storing your rug, make sure it's above the ground and out of the way of any damaging elements. You should also make sure that nothing else is on top of it. Boxes and other materials might cause cracks in the rug and cause it to lose its shape. It's critical to keep your rug in a cool, dry place where it won't be exposed to the elements.
Unroll and check the rug for signs of damage every few months.
To be safe, we also suggest unrolling your rug once a month to make sure there is no evidence of bug infestation. Also, vacuum the area and the rug itself to eliminate any insect-attracting dust.