Essential Tips and Tricks for Rug Storage
Improperly storing your rugs can lose its shape, creates unpleasant odors, and attract rodents and pests. Rugs still also tend to appear large even though they are wrapped or fold in some kind of manner. This is why knowing how to properly store your rugs is important. Not only it saves you space, but it also keeps them safe and protected in the long run.
- Before anything else, it’s important to clean your rugs first by vacuuming it away from dander, dust, and any kinds of tiny debris that it caught. After that, it’s time to launder the rugs. But wait! Don’t forget the manufacturer’s specifications and see what kind of cleaning method works best for it. It’s important to check the label before proceeding with the methods listed down below.
- Small washable braided rugs must be placed in a zippered mesh laundry bag. Wash them into a gentle cycle and let it dry on a low setting.
- Larger braided rugs are different. You can wash them by placing them on a concrete floor and using a sponge to clean it. Rub it in a one direction and finish it by rinsing/vacuuming.
Handmade/Hand-Knotted/Antique & Oriental Rugs
- For this type of rug, place a nylon screen over the rug and vacuum it away.
- Oriental rugs, on the other hand, should only be cleaned once a year.
- For antique rugs, it’s always better to ask advice from the seller on what is the appropriate way to clean them since various antique rugs differ from each other.
Coir/Sisal/Rush & Grass Rugs
- Natural fiber rugs like this can be cleaned by vacuuming them regularly.
- Use a soft brush paired with soapy water to clean the rug. Placing a plastic cloth beneath the rug is important to protect the floor. Use a fan or dryer to dry the rugs faster since water can weaken the fiber.
- Various types of these rugs are made in squares and are sewn together. Just in case a specific square is tampered and ruined, you can hand-stitch a new one to replace the damaged part of the rug.
Protecting the Rug from Rodents and Insects
- If you choose to store the rug in your attic or basement, make sure that you protect it away from any kinds of rodents or insects that may be lurking around these areas. An insect and moth repellent spray that’s designed for fabrics work best for this. Apply it before putting it into storage.
Roll it Tightly
- You should never ever fold a rug or carpet. Doing so can result in unwanted creases, cracks, and any kinds of rug damage. Rolling is the best way to keep them organized. When it comes to rolling carpets and rugs, ensure that the more delicate pile is facing inwards before rolling it. Here is a 2-step process on rolling a rug/carpet.
- Keep the rug as straight as possible before rolling it. Maintain its straightness as you roll the rug.
- Use a rod if ever you are having trouble keeping your rugs straight while rolling it. You can use one that’s intended for rugs but a thick curtain rod will do.
Protect the Rug
- One way to protect your rugs is by wrapping it using a protective fabric. This will help keep bugs, dirt, and other harmful elements from damaging them. Below is a 2-step process on how to wrap your rug.
- Wrap it using a cotton sheet or muslin at least one and a half times around. Use a cotton or polyester tape to secure the wrap.
- For a more advanced protection, a polyurethane rug wrap is just the thing for you. This type of wrap is specially designed to create extra support against dampness and insects that are more effective than muslin wraps.
Store Your Rugs in a Cool & Dry Place
- Choose a storage location that’s off the ground and are safe from any kinds of insects. Don’t place any kinds of objects on top of the rugs once it’s already stored inside the storage unit. Doing so will destroy the rug’s shape. Here are a few more tips that you can follow.
- Consider using a dehumidifier to protect it from mildew buildup.
- Keep it away from windows or any sources of light.
- Consistently maintain it even though it’s already in storage.
- Store it in an elevated surface to keep it away from carpet beetles that are lurking around in the floor.
Do a Monthly Inspection
- It’s always advisable to unroll your rugs at least once a month to check if there are any damages or bug infestation. While you are at it, vacuum the rug to eliminate any kinds of tiny dust buildup that can attract insects and pests.