It’s important to have a good pad underneath your rug. A good pad can add to the longevity of your rug by acting as a “shock absorber” for foot traffic and furniture and lessening the wear on the rug’s fibers. It also hold the rug in place and keeps it from slipping, buckling, or traveling across the hard floor or carpet. We custom cut rug pad to fit your specific rug.
The biggest dangers for rugs placed in storage are insect damage, flood or mildew damage, and theft are the most common problems we hear from clients who have placed rugs in a local storage unit or placed in a far corner of a closet or garage. Many times rugs with high appraised or sentimental value are placed in storage to save them for family members, or to save them from a remodel mess, or to protect them from the summer sunlight. You want to make sure you are not actually causing damage by incorporating the wrong storage procedures.
Rugs should always be cleaned and wrapped in Tyvek paper, which allows the rug to breathe and protects from outside moisture.
Never wrap in plastic, this will cause mold in most rugs.
We prepare rugs for storage. Just let us know they will be stored and we can wrap them up for you.
ROTATE YOUR RUGS
Rotate rugs to even out any possible sun fading, and to also not allowing one specific area to get all the foot traffic wear. Rotate small rugs every 3-6 months; larger rugs every time it goes for a bath put it back down the opposite direction.
INSPECT YOUR RUGS
Quarterly you want to inspect your rugs closely for any insect activity. Moths and carpet beetles generally begin feasting in areas that have little light and little air flow – this means they prefer the BACK of the rug, or places under furniture. The larva looks like “sticky lint”, so flip over the corners of the rug to see if you have any activity. American Indian weavings hanging on the wall are particularly vulnerable, so take them down bi-annually to shake and dust them, and look for bugs.You also want to check the ends and sides of your rugs to make sure that they are not in need of repair. When fringe tassels become worn and torn, the wool (or silk) knots of the rug begin to pull away from the rug, and if this is caught early it is a much cheaper repair than reweaving a section of the rug down the road. Look at the BACK of the rug to clearly see if all the knots are tightly and securely in place.
How to identify, and prevent, moth/bug damage.
PROTECT YOUR RUGS
Many newer rugs, especially Chinese rugs, are chemically washed to give them a nice “sheen.” This chemical process makes these rugs sensitive to sunlight and they will fade in a period of just a few short years. If this concerns you, consider treating your windows with a UV-filter coating, or use thicker window coverings to block out the rays during peak hours.
NEVER USE CARPET SPOT REMOVERS OR BAKING SODA ON YOUR RUGS
Folex and Resolve are meant for SYNTHETIC carpet, and not wool or silk rugs. These chemicals (and even Woolite ) are too strong to use on rugs and they will either cause a chemical discoloration or it will bleach out the rug dyes completely. Baking Soda also causes damage by yellowing the fibers. This damage is permanent, and will devalue your rug, so please stick to CLUB SODA.
NEVER PUT POTTED PLANTS, OR PLASTIC PROTECTORS, ON TOP OF YOUR RUGS
Even careful plant caretakers spill a bit when watering plants. This water seeps into the cotton foundation which leads to mildew growth and dry rot. Plastic protectors also inhibit airflow and can cause mildew growth and dry rot. When dry rot sets in, eventually the rug falls apart in that area of rot.