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Britwrap’s Handy Guide on How to Store a Rug

Carpets and rugs are made of delicate fabrics and take a bit of care to keep them in their best shape, especially when moving or during storage. Factors such as temperature, humidity, cleaning, or folding influence how well you can preserve the shape, colors, and fibers.

Incorrectly storing a rug can even influence the formation of mold that deteriorates the fabrics. For example, bad odors and even animals such as moths are frequent in cabinets with little ventilation or light and high humidity. We explain how a rug should be stored.

Vacuum, Shake, Clean and Dry Before Storing

We should carry out complete disinfection before storing a rug to reduce the number of microorganisms and dirt as much as possible.

  1. Hoover thoroughly to remove dirt and dust that has settled on the carpet.
  2. Shake to get rid of any little particles that are ground right in.
  3. Wash (better by hand than by machine) to eliminate what had been embedded in the fabrics.
  4. Dry thoroughly, removing moisture from the carpet.

Fold Up Your Rug

Rugs should be folded in a way that prevents any permanent creases or folds in the shape of the rug. Preferably, all rugs and carpets should be rolled so that it does not create a crease. If space is limited, extra large rugs should be folded lengthways and then rolled to maximize space-saving opportunities with the least amount of folds.

Protecting Your Rug

The best protection for your rug is a rug storage bag. These will stop dust, dirt, water, and bugs from getting to your rug. Their handy slip-proof fabric will also make it easier to move.

Not Too Cold, Not Too Hot

Once your rug is packaged correctly, you need to decide where the best place to store it. Consider how long you intend to store the rug and whether this will be affected by changes in temperature (Season/heating).

It is not ideal to store rugs in extreme of temperatures. It never occurs to anyone to rug storage bags outdoors, but it can be common to store them in very cold storage rooms or attics with very high temperatures in July and August. Ideally, place your rug storage bag in a cool (but not cold) place where the temperature does not rise too high. Otherwise, it can encourage the fibers to deteriorate due to heat or freezing.

A Fight Against Humidity

Humidity can be one of the most destructive elements against your rug. Moisture and dampness will create the perfect environment for mold, odors, and water damage.

To prevent this, consider all potential storage areas of your house and choose one with little or no humidity and with occasional ventilation. If you have to store the rug long term where there will be seasonal temperature changes, consider using a desiccant that will absorb any moisture in the air and prevent humidity. Seadry Desiccants are more effective than silica packets and will provide full assurance that it will prevent moisture damage. They come in a range of sizes that will fit perfectly into all types of storage areas.