Gatesway Cleaning & Restoration recommends a professional carpet cleaning before any long-term storage of an area rug. If you are planning on moving or using temporary storage use these helpful carpet storage tips to ensure you do not ruin your family heirloom.
The biggest dangers for rugs placed in storage are bugs, floods, and thugs. Whether you place your rug into a corner of a closet, hidden away in the garage or even in a local storage unit insect, flood or mildew damage, and theft are the most common problems we hear from clients.
Many place their high value oriental rugs into a storage unit or tucked away in their home, often when remodeling a home, during summer sunlight, or even to for safe keeping for a loved one. You want to make sure you are not actually causing damage by incorporating the wrong storage procedures.
Safe Area Rug Carpet Storage Tips
Do clean and moth-repel rugs before wrapping for storage.
You must clean your area rugs of food and liquid material because though moths are normally the storage ‘bad guys’ any insect will eat sugars and other food materials, and they will eat the wool fibers that are holding this meal for them too. An insect repellant, safe for carpet fibers, will make your rug unappetizing to moths.
Do roll your rugs starting at the bottom to the top end, fuzzy side inside.
To find the bottom end of your rug, you want to ‘pet’ your rug to determine when you are going with the nap and against the nap. When you run your hand with the nap, it will take you to the tassels of the bottom of the rug (where the weaver began weaving your rug). Roll from this end. Folding rugs causes cracking over time, so do not fold rugs being put in storage.
Do roll your silk rugs with the fuzzy side outside.
Wool and cotton rugs have more five to them than silk rugs, so when placing silk rugs into storage, roll them with their fuzzy silk side outside.
Do wrap your rugs in Tyvek® or brown acid-free paper.
Wool has a moisture content even when it is dry, so changes in heat will cause it to sweat. Because of this you can never wrap wool rugs in plastic or you will create a mildew problem. Tyvek® paper is best as it is tear and water resistant.
Do elevate your rug packages off of the ground.
Many storage facilities are built in lowlands that have a tendency to flood during bad weather, wo whether in your home or their location you want to keep rugs at least six inches off the ground in case flooding occurs.
Do make certain nothing heavy is stacked on top of your rugs.
Heavy items can cause damage to the rug’s foundation. This damage is near impossible to repair.
If you have questions on carpet storage or how to roll a rug, please do not hesitate to ask us. If you need your area rug professionally cleaned and prepared for storage please call us!