How to Store and Protect Your Area Rug

June 05, 2018

How to Store Your Area Rug


 If there is an extended amount of time that you will not be using your rug, it's a good idea to store your rug properly.

1. Make sure that your rug is completely clean. Ensure that there is no dirt left on your rug. Remember a rug may look clean but is actually dirty. It can accumulate dust in the bottom of the pile which can cause deterioration over time and attracts pests. Sometimes, this may not be visible to the eye.

2. Treat your rug with a moth deterrent. Make sure that your rug is moth free by spraying the front and back of your rug with a moth repellent or moth flakes before wrapping for storage. Moth is the invisible enemy and can destroy your rug when your rug is not in use.

3. Roll your rug for storage instead of folding. Folding for an extending period of time can cause deep creases to form in your rug. Wrap your area rug with a brown craft paper or a breathable fabric like canvas cloth, or a cotton sheet. Make sure that the fabric is wide enough to extend beyond the edges of the roll so you can tuck in the ends. If you are using brown craft paper secure it with tape. 

4. Find a proper storage area. Store your area rug in a dry and well ventilated area to avoid mildew or heat damage.   

5. Remember to inspect the rug often. Unroll your rug every six to twelve month to ensure that there is no infestation or moisture.

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