SAFE RUG STORAGE
When our customers seek information on safe rug storage, they are typically most concerned about how to prevent moth damage.
rug in storage, especially if it has not been professionally cleaned
and properly prepared for storage, can be irreparably destroyed in a
relatively short time. And the culprit can run the gamut from moths to
beetles to vermin to moisture!
WHAT ATTRACTS MOTHS & OTHER INSECTS?
rug that is unattended (such as under furniture, in a dark area, or
stored) and/or harbors foodstuff or protein substances, such as
accumulated pet hair, can attract moths. Urine, whether animal or human,
will also attract moths. This is important to note if there are pets in
is the larvae, not the adult moths that cause the damage. Moth larvae
can digest protein fibers such as wool, silk, and specialty hair fibers
on wool and other natural fibers, but they will also find and eat
protein substances found on synthetic fibers. That means your synthetic
area rugs and textiles made from nylon, acrylic, polyester, etc. can
also attract moths and other insects if they are dirty.
is important to note that though you can see adult moths and larvae,
moth eggs are microscopic. If you have seen moths flying around, you
probably have an infestation somewhere.
Even if you don't
suspect moths and you are concerned about safe storage for your rugs,
you should assume your rugs are harboring moth eggs.
SHOULD A RUG BE ROLLED OR FOLDED FOR SAFE RUG STORAGE?
Unless a rug is very old and fragile,
rolling it for storage is generally the most beneficial. Folding, rather
than rolling a rug, especially if it is stored for a long period time,
may cause creases that may be difficult to steam or clean out. If
possible, roll the rug around a cardboard support tube.
Roll wool rugs with the pile side up, just
as they lie on the floor. Silk rugs or fragile wool rugs would be better
rolled with the pile side out so there will be less pressure on the
SHOULD RUGS BE WRAPPED FOR STORAGE?
All area rugs should be wrapped for storage!
rugs must be allowed to 'breathe.' Wool fiber holds up to 30% of its
weight in moisture and can still feel dry. The fiber needs to take in
and release that moisture.
wool rugs that will be stored for an extended length of time should be
wrapped in a cotton sheet, a canvas drop cloth, or ideally, in a
permeable wrap such as Tyvek, which will keep out any insect or vermin
invaders as well as spilled moisture from the outside, but will allow
the wool inside to breathe.
Never wrap a wool rug completely in plastic!
rugs, as well, would benefit from being wrapped properly for safe rug
storage to prevent damage from insects, vermin, and mold and mildew.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR SAFE RUG STORAGE?
very best place to store any rug is in the same environment as your
home, perhaps behind the sofa or on the top shelf of a closet. (Make
sure to periodically unroll your rug, if possible, to check on its
If you must store the rug in an area such as a basement, garage, or attic,
make sure to elevate it off the floor and choose an area with the least
amount of heat and humidity.
CAN'T I JUST PROTECT MY RUGS WITH PRODUCTS SUCH AS CEDAR or MOTHBALLS, FLAKES, OR CRYSTALS?
out the answer to this question and more information about safe storage
of your rugs with photos of rug insects pests, as well as how we treat
and clean and prepare your rugs for storage at ABC by reading here.