RUG CARE AND STORAGE
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 before storage or you risk wrapping a rug with moths, bugs, or just too much heavy soil which can cause dry rot. We wrap our rugs in Tyvek paper, which allows the rug to breathe, protects from outside moisture and keep bugs/moths from finding their way in to eat or damage your rug.
Never wrap in plastic, due to natural moisture in wool, 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 RUG
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/securing 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.
We believe all rugs need help in preventing stains, so we include a protector in all our cleaning packages. We feel it extends the life of your rug and helps prevent unsightly stains. The protector used in our shop is specifically made for use on wool rugs. When Rug Protector is applied to your rug, it forms a protective barrier around the fibers of the rug. This barrier helps keep both dirt and spills from getting absorbed into the rug fibers. When treating a stain immediately this protector gives you a much better chance of stain removal. If you have a spot look here for more specific spotting instructions.
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.
Avoid Wrong Chemicals
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.
Avoid Plants & Protectors
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.