Smart Strategies to Store Your Area Rugs – Prescott AZ
There are many reasons why someone might decide to store their rugs away such as moving to a new home, or just putting them away for the summer heat! Trust me when I say, it makes a HUGE difference HOW you store your rugs. Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here again and I wanted to take a few moments and discuss the DO’S and DON’TS of storing your area rugs.
Please don’t make the mistake of rolling up your rug and shoving it under the bed or in the garage or attic. Moths, which are very small and hard to see, are on the lookout for this exact scenario and I guarantee they would love to make your wool or silk area rug their home. They can cause a great deal of damage in a short amount of time! Moths look for two things when finding a place to lay their eggs – a food source (wool or silk) and a quiet, dark home where their wool-eating babies will be undisturbed. Leaving your wool rug unprotected in the garage or under the bed is EXACTLY what moths are looking for!
When you need to store your rugs, call Arizona Oriental and
we will help you preserve them!
The first step to storing your rugs is to have them professionally cleaned so that all the soil, spills, and any animal urine deposits are removed. Protein-based spills just add to the delectable nature of your rug’s wool fibers to moths, so don’t give them even more of a reason to pick your rug! After we clean your rug, we can treat it with a moth protectant to make the fibers taste disgusting and deter moths from ever nibbling on those wool fibers.
After your rug has been cleaned and protected, we will wrap your rug in a breathable wrap. This wrap allows the wool to breathe and also keeps any unwanted critters (like moths and mice) away from your rug. NEVER wrap rugs in plastic! Wool naturally holds moisture and can’t breathe in plastic – this can create big problems for your rug’s foundation and face fibers with possible mold and mildew growth. Which is a whole other problem!
Rugs should always be rolled when you store them, NEVER folded! We have seen a few rugs come out of an attic that had been folded for a long time that had severe fiber damage that was not correctable. Folding can also stretch the foundation of the rug, leading to ripples that may cause your rug to never lay flat again. What good is a beautiful rug if it won’t lay flat?
Let Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care get your rugs ready for storage this summer!
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Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!
Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.
Call us for additional information or assistance with properly preparing fine area rugs for storage at 928-445-1718, visit our website at www.ArizonaOriental.com, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available.) We look forward to serving you! (07-07-17)