4 Must-Follow Spring Cleaning and Storage Tricks For Rugs
Quality, handcrafted rugs are meant to be a showpiece in your home, but there are certain times of the year — like the late spring and summer — when you want to store them away.
It’s true that you can ruin rugs by storing them, but only if you do it improperly. We’ve rounded up the best expert tips for storing rugs. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to store your antique rug safely — and bring it out again looking better than ever.
How Often to Clean Your Rug?
Rugs should be cleaned often, but not too often.
As a general rule, you should use a broom or roller on a regular basis to brush away any surface dirt, followed by a vacuum every month or so. Always move a vacuum side to side while cleaning it — this movement pattern helps kick up dirt and dust without damaging the design or any fringe.
Investing in a professional cleaning is also essential to keeping your rugs in good shape — at least once a year if it’s on display, or a few weeks before you put it into storage for an extended time.
Never Fold Your Rugs
You fold shirts and pants, not rugs. Folds can create creases and cracks that can ruin the rug structure over time.
As a general rule, you should roll your rugs with the pile facing inward (to protect it). Start by rolling it as straight as possible — and use a wooden dowel or curtain rod to help, if needed. Once the rug is rolled, protect it by wrapping it with a cotton, muslin or polyurethane sheet. Polyurethane is the most ideal protection because it’ll keep out more bugs and moisture, but don’t use plastic.
How to Safely Store Your Rugs
Your rug is cleaned and rolled to perfection. The last step? Storing it safely.
You have one of two options for rug storage: At home or in a facility specifically designed to store rugs. These facilities — easily found in your area through search — are housed in temperature-controlled facilities with rug experts on staff. These storage facilities do have a monthly or quarterly fee, but the peace of mind is often worth it — especially if it’s a priceless family heirloom.
At-home storage is also easy — and safe — as long as you follow a few simple rules.
- Find a dark, dry spot in your home that’s away from direct sunlight, extreme temperatures and damp or humid conditions. Often, a bedroom or hallway closet is a good place to store your rug — and try to avoid keeping it in the attic or in the basement.
- Keep your rolled rug tucked away on an elevated surface off the floor (like on a closet shelf) to keep insects away. Carpet beetles are known to setup residence in a stored rug.
- Unroll your rug at least once per month to check for bugs, then lightly dust and vacuum the storage area and the rug to keep insects away.