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Tips for Storing Area Rugs

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From relocating to renovating, there are several times when you will need to rent a self-storage unit. You've boxed up your clothing and breakables with ease and are ready to begin the move. However, before you begin lugging boxes, take a look down at your feet because your area rugs require just as much attention.
It is critical to prepare your area rugs for storage to prevent damage, especially the damage caused by insects. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your rugs for long-term storage.
Clean the Rug
The first step you need to take is to either clean the rug yourself or have it professionally cleaned. A clean rug is less likely to suffer from damage, especially the damage caused by insects. Antique rugs, wool rugs, and woven silk rugs should be cleaned by a professional. A wool rug is especially difficult to clean at home because the material absorbs copious amounts of water, making it tricky to clean and dry correctly.
Your cotton or synthetic area rugs can be cleaned at home. Here are a few tips to help you expertly clean your rugs:
  • Shake or vacuumDepending on the size of the rug, you can either vacuum or shake it to remove any loose dirt and debris. If you're vacuuming, remember to turn the rug over and vacuum off the underside as well.
  • Pay attention to pet hairIf you have pets, there might be some stray hairs left behind. If so, remove them with a lint roller or stiff-bristled brush.
  • Grab the rug shampoo and a brushFollow the directions on the rug shampoo to determine if it can be applied directly or if it needs to be diluted with water. Use the shampoo and a plastic bristled brush and scrub the rug on both sides.
  • Rinse the rug thoroughlyRinse out all the shampoo thoroughly. If you're washing the rug outside, a garden hose or bucket can be used.
Alongside this process, a solvent or spot cleaner should be used to remove any stains.
Wait for the Rug to Dry Completely
Once the rug is clean, it's important to allow it to dry completely. The best place for your rug is a clean room that will keep the rug away from direct sunlight. Sunlight will cause the rug to fade.
Lay the rug flat and allow the topside to dry. Once the topside is dry, flip the rug and allow the underside to dry completely as well. Before moving on, it is critical that the rug is completely dry to avoid mold and mildew formation.
Wrap the Rug
The next step is to carefully roll and wrap the rug. Avoid folding the rug, as this can cause creases and uneven wear in the pile. If the rug is delicate or the pile is high, consider rolling it so the pile is on the outside, and the underside is on the inside.
Next, wrap the rug in packing paper or canvas sheets. Do not use plastic. Any moisture inside the plastic can cause condensation, which will lead to mold growth.
Move and Store the Rug
Carefully move the rug onto the van or truck and take it to your storage unit. The rug should be stored horizontally and off the floor. Storing the rug on a pallet or rack will help prevent the pile from wearing unevenly. Never store anything on top of the rug, as this will also lead to uneven wear. If the rug is being stored for several months, check on it periodically and watch for signs of mold, mildew, or insect damage.
Storing your rugs correctly will help prevent damage caused by mold and insects. If you have any further questions, contact the professionals at Blanco Self Storage.