Storage units are great for cleaning out your home and organizing your life. When you’re looking for long-term storage for items that are important to you, though, it’s important to think about the best way to keep those items safe while they are stored away. Area rugs that aren’t being used can take up a lot of space, so they are prime candidates for storage. If you’re not careful, however, your beautiful area rugs could become damaged, if not completely ruined, during long-term storage.
Here are some preparatory steps you should take to keep your rugs in pristine condition:
- Clean your rug. Dirt will only get worse over time as it attracts insects, vermin, and mold. Clean the rug according to the manufacturer’s instructions (or take it to a rug cleaner). Once you have cleaned it, make sure to dry it thoroughly because moisture can cause more problems. Humidity can cause a rug to curl and deteriorate, so get rid of as much moisture as possible. You can also vacuum the rug after cleaning to make sure you have removed as much dust and dander as possible.
- Protect your rug from moths. There are some different options here. Most professional cleaners will also safeguard a rug from moths (if you chose to use a professional cleaner), or you can use something like moth repellant crystals, which work well. The last thing you want is to wrap your rug up with moths in it and let them eat away at it in the storage unit (not to mention the impact moths could have on other items).
- Pay attention to climate. Area rugs should be kept at a temperature of 55-70 degrees (F), so choose a storage unit that has climate control. A climate-controlled storage unit will also help you keep the humidity down and avoid having to deal with damp.
- Roll up the rug. Folding your rug will permanently crease it, so you should roll it. When you are rolling it, make sure you follow the grain and tie it together with twine to keep it in place. Consider using a cylinder to help you roll the rug and to help the rug maintain its shape during long-term storage.
- Wrap the rug. Using brown craft paper, wrap the rolled rug to protect it from dust. The brown paper works best because it is porous enough to allow moisture to escape so that mold and mildew are less likely to form. Plastic, on the other hand, traps in moisture and would increase the chances of your rug becoming curled or moldy.
- Store the rug. Lastly, the best way to store your rug is standing on its end rather than lying flat on the floor. This helps the rug keep its shape and also concentrates the pressure of the weight of the rug on its strongest part. If you have a pallet, store your rug(s) on top to limit contact with the floor.
We know how important it is that your things remain safe and protected in their storage units. Preparing your rug properly and storing it in a climate-controlled unit is the best way to ensure your rug remains in great condition and ready to roll out whenever you’d like to do so.