Rugs and carpets are a key piece in home décor and can instantly change the look and feel of your home. They come in all shapes and sizes and different fabrics to suit your preferences. Another thing about rugs and carpets is that they can be expensive (especially the bigger ones) and can be difficult to maintain depending on the fabric and product you choose.
It’s no surprise that rugs that have been cooped up in storage for months (or perhaps years) can accumulate unpleasant odours, become damaged, and lose their shape and attractiveness.
To keep your rugs looking great while in storage, we’ve come up with some essential steps that you should take whenever you are storing carpets or rugs for extended periods. It may take some extra prep work and attention to detail, but it will be well worth it when you take them out of storage and lay them on your floors again.
Clean Before Storing
Before you put away your beloved rugs for good, the first thing on your mind should be giving them a good and thorough cleaning. It would certainly be a shame to put a dirty rug away, letting dirt, allergens, dust, and bacteria fester while in storage. That is a guaranteed way to produce foul odours and attract pests.
Instead, keep it clean and fresh by vacuuming thoroughly and cleaning to remove any stains, crumbs, mould, or residue. If you have pets or small children at home, you might want to take an extra look for pet dander, dirt, hair, or the like. A good cleaning will ensure that your carpets and rugs stay in pristine condition throughout storage.
Be Mindful of Materials
After you have vacuumed and brushed away all the dirt and grime from your rugs, you may want to take some extra time to steam clean, wash or spot clean areas on your carpets. Keep in mind that your next cleaning method is all dependent on the type of materials your rug is made of and the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
Rugs made from natural fibers are often damaged easily and require frequent spot cleaning or gentle care, whereas synthetic rugs can usually be washed in the machine. Read the label, and if you are in doubt, you can always contact a professional carpet cleaner. Just be careful not to do something that you may regret or that will cause damage to your carpet later on.
Roll It Up
As a general rule, rugs and carpets should never be folded. That can cause creases and damage to the materials. Instead, roll your mat up using a rod to help keep it as straight as possible. Usually, the back of the carpet will be facing outward to protect the fibers and materials on the front side.
Keep Pests Away
As previously mentioned, leftover dirt and bacteria on your rugs can attract pests and insects, which can easily become a threat to the carpet’s integrity. Protect your stored goods from insects or pests by spraying them with a repellent. Just make sure that the repellent you use is safe for fabrics or use a natural solution, such as water and vinegar. This is especially important if your rugs are made out of natural materials, which can easily attract pests and insects.
Protect with a Cover
To add a further layer of protection and seal your rug away from the world, wrap or cover it with a cotton sheet or brown craft paper. There are also high-quality polyurethane wraps specially designed for rug storage if you don’t mind spending a few extra bucks. The idea is to cover your rug completely while still allowing the fabric to breathe, so don’t use plastic, which can be suffocating.
Use Climate Controlled Storage
You must use the right type of storage unit when keeping your rugs or carpets stored away. Be sure that the storage unit you choose is climate controlled, which means that the temperatures won’t fluctuate and leave your fabrics susceptible to humidity, mould, mildew, or damage.
Rugs and carpets should be kept in a clean, dry area to prevent accumulating odours, mould, or damaging the materials. Climate control ensures that your rugs (and other furniture) are safe from external elements, regardless of weather conditions or humidity levels.
Make Occasional Checks
If you want to be sure that your rugs and carpets stay in perfect condition while being stored, it certainly won’t hurt to check up on them once in a while. Schedule a check-in every 3-4 months and unroll your rug to look at it properly. It may require some cleaning from time to time to be completely free of dust and dirt that may accumulate during storage.
So, if you plan on keeping your rugs or carpets rolled up in storage for an extended time, it’s a good idea to invest some time every few months to check on them. Rugs, as well as any piece of statement home décor, can be costly to replace. Some pieces can even be one-of-a-kind, such as imported rugs, antiques, or rugs that have been passed down from generations. Don’t lose out on value by storing your expensive rugs improperly.