Effective Tips on Storing Rugs for the Long-Term

Rugs are an important part of interior design, and they can last for years if properly cared for. However, when it comes to long-term storage, many people are unaware of how to do it correctly. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to store a rug long-term.

Clean the Rug Before Storage

Cleaning your rug before storing is crucial because dirt and dust can attract pests that may cause damage to your rug over time. You can either choose to clean it yourself or hire a professional cleaner. If you decide to clean the rug yourself, ensure you use appropriate techniques according to the type of material used in making the rug.

In-home Cleaning Techniques:

– Vacuuming: Vacuuming removes dirt and dust particles that may be trapped in your carpet’s fibers.
– Spot cleaning: Use mild soap and water solutions or specialized carpet cleaners recommended by manufacturers.
– Beating: Beat both sides of the rugs with a broomstick or any similar object outside where there is enough space so as not to inhale dust particles.

Professional Cleaning Techniques:

If you want professional cleaning services; dry-cleaning or steam-cleaning methods offer more thorough cleaning options suitable for most rugs’ materials without causing damages such as color fading or shrinking.

Dry Your Rug Completely

After cleaning your carpet thoroughly using any technique mentioned above, drying becomes essential before storing them away for long periods. Failing this step could lead to mold growth on damp rugs during storage due to moisture retention from remaining wet content within its pile fibers.

To prevent moisture build-up while drying;
1) Squeeze out excess water after washing
2) Towel-drying
3) Air-dry under sunlight (if possible)
4) Using dehumidifiers in humid weather

Store the Rug Properly

Proper storing of your rug will guarantee its longevity, ensuring that it remains in excellent condition. Here are some tips on how to store a rug long-term:

Roll Your Rug Instead of Folding:

Folding a carpet may cause creases in the fibers and damage them permanently over time. Rolling up your rug instead minimizes these creases, making sure that they do not weaken or break down.

Use Acid-Free Wrapping Materials:

Materials used for wrapping rugs such as paper envelopes, cardboard boxes, etc., should be acid-free materials to avoid color migration and chemical reactions that could lead to discoloration over time.

Avoid High Traffic Areas of the Home:

High-traffic areas in homes are subject to constant movement and humidity due to air conditioning units’ location or heating vents; These factors can cause significant damage to carpets stored there.

Therefore look for dry spaces like closets, basements with no windows (if possible) away from heating or cooling systems where temperature fluctuations won’t affect the carpet’s integrity.

In Conclusion,

Storing a rug is simple if you follow these steps discussed above: clean well before storage, ensure it’s dry completely before rolling it up using acid-free wrapping materials and finding suitable storage locations within your home away from high traffic areas.
Following these guidelines will keep carpets safe without any damages when stored for an extended period ready for use at any time.

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