Quick Tips for Storing Your Rugs

Rug storageAs summer transitions to fall, so too does the house décor. Whether it’s to match a fall color scheme or just to change things up, you may switch out your rugs.

But, how should you store your rug to make sure it doesn’t get damaged or end up a hot bed for bugs? Follow these tips to preserve your rug until the next redecorating.

Clean the Rug First

The first step to get your rug ready for storage is to properly clean it. Depending on the type and fragility of the rug, either thoroughly vacuum it or take it outside to beat the dirt out of it. Besides removing dirt that can cause damage, you’re also getting rid of flea eggs, dust mites, etc. that can attract bugs while in storage.

Consider having the rug professionally washed, cleaned and prepared for storage. Part of the professional process usually includes applying an insect repellent.

Roll, Don’t Fold

Always roll your rug. Folding your rug causes creases that are very hard to remove. The method of rolling depends on the condition of the carpet pile (the density of fibers of the rug) and the condition of the foundation. If the pile is more vulnerable (or if the pile and foundation are in the same condition), roll with the pile in. If the foundation is more vulnerable, then roll with the foundation in.

Wrapping Your Rug

To further protect your rug, consider wrapping it as you roll. However, be careful what you use to wrap it. Rugchick.com recommends Tyvek paper because “it is tear resistant, water resistant, but still allows your rug to ‘breathe.’” The site also notes to never store a wool rug in plastic due to high moisture content that can cause mildew.

Location, Location, Location 

Store your rug in a cool, dry area away from natural light. Avoid basements and attics as these tend to see wide fluctuations in temperature and humidity. If possible, elevate the rugs to help with pest control. To protect the foundation, don’t stack items on the rug.

Examine your rugs every few months for signs of bugs, and perform necessary maintenance. Also, regularly clean the storage area, including vacuuming and dusting.

If you don’t have room in your house or if the conditions aren’t suitable for storing your rug(s), a climate and humidity controlled storage unit might be an ideal solution.

What tips do you have for storage? Any tricks that you’ve learned to help preserve your rugs? Tell us in the comments below!

Image Source: By Ildar Sagdejev (Specious) (Own work) (GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 ), via Wikimedia Commons

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