High-quality, hand-woven rugs are made to last for generations. They take many months of hard work, years of expertise and knowledge from adult weavers, and the investment made to purchase one can be very high.
Everyday care for your rug includes vacuuming and scheduling regular cleanings with a professional, but you’ll also need to take some steps to keep your rug in good condition in storage. If stored improperly, the rug might become infested with bugs, which over time can permanently damage it. These bugs, like carpet beetles or moths, eat away the rug fibers, exposing the cotton foundation.
Your rug will most likely become infested with bugs before storage when traffic and daily use exposes it to dirt and bugs from the outside. Some bugs start eating away the fibers when the rug is still in use. For example, moth larvae could start consuming the fibers in places where the rug is under furniture, where it is less exposed to traffic and vacuuming might be less thorough.
The damage starts showing on the back of the rug. Fibers start to become loose as the bugs eat away the materials on the back.
One of the earliest signs of bug infestation is sticky webbing or small, brown cocoons on the surface of the rug. Other bugs might be more attracted to the dirt and stains in old rugs, and damage the fibers while trying to eat those residues. This is why cleaning stains as soon as possible is a good preventive measure.
A clean rug are least likely to attract bugs, which is why it’s recommended to deep clean your rug every year depending on how much traffic it gets and what it’s made of. Regular cleaning becomes even more important if you’re going to store your rug.
Improper storage can damage a rug very quickly. If the point of storing your carpet is to protect it, it makes sense to take precautions to keep it in good shape. Here are some simple tips to keep your rug safe from pests and mold in storage.
The first and easiest step to keep your rug safe from pests and mold is to clean it and vacuum it regularly. If you’re planning to store your rug for a long time, it’s a good idea to consult with a professional rug cleaner to get it properly cleaned and treated. If you follow these suggestions, you’ll keep your rug in perfect condition for many years.