Rug Storage Tips

Rug Storage Tips

Four wrapped rugs
So you’ve decided to store your heirloom rug. It’s vital that you follow the advice outlined below to ensure your rug retains its value and doesn’t fall victim to mice, moths, water, or temperature damage.

An improperly stored rug can become a breeding ground for hungry and destructive moths. There are a few tips you should follow if you are preparing to store your precious rug. Choosing not to follow these tips can result in a damaged rug that needs costly repairs or even the complete destruction of your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is have your rug washed and cleaned professionally. It may seem like a waste to clean a rug that’s going into storage, but a dirty rug poses a multitude of risks.
Next, make sure to store your rug in a dry, climate controlled space. Both extreme heat and extreme cold can cause a variety of issues.

Once you have selected a spot to store your rug(s), thoroughly clean the space. Sweep, vacuum, and if you have access to an electric leaf blower, blast the area, especially nooks and crannies where pests may be hiding.

Once your rug and the storage area are clean, you’re ready to store your rug. Use a bed sheet or muslin to wrap your rug completely so that no moths can get in and damage the rug. Why wrap it in bed sheets and cotton fabrics? The wool, silk, and cotton fibers your rug is made of need oxygen in order to survive. Never wrap your rug in plastic or paper. Moths eat paper and plastic doesn’t breathe, resulting in condensation that leads to mold, changes the colors of the rug, and imparts a musty smell.

You will probably want to wrap your rug around a cardboard cylinder so that it has no trouble standing up if it’s stored in a small space. It is always a good idea to store rugs in a roll elevated from the floor. Make sure to store your rug vertically.

Next, inspect your rug and its covering for dampness. If your covering has become damp, remove it immediately and find a new cover for the rug. If you’re vigilant about checking your storage area, it’s likely that a moist rug covering will not have had time to dampen and damage your rug.

If you want to be extra safe, install a few moth and mouse traps around your rug in its storage area as a preventative measure. We highly recommend a rug in storage be opened outside every two to three years for direct sunlight to penetrate both the front and back sides of your rug. This kills bacteria and any moths or eggs that have latched on to your rug. Vacuuming the front and back at this time improves longevity as well.

Finally, don’t forget about your rug! Check the storage area frequently for dust and debris that can attract moths, mice, squirrels, and termites. The oils and protein in your rug fibers make a nutritious meal for these pests.

And there you have it! Everything you should do to store your rug and prevent damage. Following these tips will result in a rug that retains its value over time.

Behnam Rugs offers free advice if you’re not sure where or how to store your fine rug. We also offer rug wrapping services and sell moth traps. Call 972-733-0400 for more information.

Check out the rug wrapping process below:

Wrapping a rug in sheets

Wrapping a rug in sheets

Wrapping a rug in sheets


2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Home damaged by storm

Home damaged by tornado2019 Dallas Tornado Damage: What to do and How to Prepare for Future Storms

Nearly two weeks after the devastating tornadoes hit we are still receiving calls about rugs trapped under debris. If you need an asset recovery assessment, we work with insurance to settle damaged rugs. As part of our service we do free evaluations and appraisals for your insurance company for damage due to the 2019 Dallas area tornadoes.

Behnam Rugs is sharing storm preparation tips to keep your fine rugs safe from damage in the future. Following these preventative measures will hopefully mean you don’t have to use home owner’s insurance to replace your rug.

The first thing you’ll want to do is roll up your rugs and put them somewhere at least 10 inches above the floor. If you live in a two story house, move the rugs upstairs.

If you can, store the rugs in a windowless room. Wrap the rugs in plastic for the time being (never keep your rugs in plastic for an extended period of time). Keep the rug vertical wherever you choose to store it, as other methods lead to creases.

Take photographs of all the things you own for insurance purposes. Behnam Rugs can evaluate your rug from a picture if it is trapped in your home.

Seal or cover window frames so that water and debris have a harder time getting in.

Elevate anything that could rust. Unplug appliances and move them several feet from the ground.

Place furniture tabs under furnishings so that they don’t bleed into carpet or mark the floor.

Remember, if you choose not to move your area rug to higher ground, it will become a sponge that generates mold and mildew within 48 hours.

If you rug suffers water damage, clean and extract the water within 24-48 hours to avoid mold and color runs. Some antique rugs and rugs that use vegetable dye are less likely to experience color running. If your rug has been exposed to water for longer than 48 hours, you will need to take it to a professional for cleaning and mold removal before the fibers rot.

When the rug lays on the floor while storm water courses over it, it acts as a filter and debris goes deep into the rug’s foundation before the water runs off. This debris becomes trapped and must be removed by a professional.

The first thing you need to do if your rug gets wet is dry it. Remove the water and then use fans to air it out.

Or, take the wet rug to Behnam Rugs as soon as possible for immediate washing.

It is not always possible to save rugs with water damage, but Behnam Rugs will do their best to salvage your fine rug if it does get wet. First we extract the water and dry the rug, then we wash it and dry it again.Remember, timing is key. Dry a wet rug as soon as possible to increase the chances of rescuing the rug.

Home damaged by storm

How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

How to Properly Store Your Persian Rug

As beautiful as your Persian rug is, there will be times when you decide that it may be best to store your rug for a few days, weeks, months, or even years.

To make sure that your rug stays beautiful and free from moths or other hidden dangers, read the rug storing tips below.

  1. First, have your rug dusted and washed by a professional Persian rug cleaner. This step will ensure that your rug’s pile will be free from moths, moth eggs, dust, and micro-dirt before storage. Avoid storing your rug in areas in which the rug will experience major swings in temperature and/or humidity levels. A non-climate controlled storage facility or an attic will have your rug sitting in summer high and winter low temperatures, which are not healthy for the fibers of your rug. Additionally, do not place your rug in an area where there is no air flow or natural light. Again, your attic, your basement, or a non-climate controlled storage unit are not ideal storage spots.
  2. The next step is finding and selecting a proper storage area. Please do not store your rug in a closet, basement, or garage. We have seen far too many rugs that have been damaged due to improper storage. Moist areas are never a good idea for storage of rugs, so we suggest a climate controlled storage facility. Behnam Rugs offers rug storage options, but any climate controlled storage facility will do. If you’d like to store your rug in your home, consider using a guest bedroom or an unused room as opposed to an attic or basement.
  3. It is actually best to store your Persian rug right on the floor. If possible, lay your rug on a table or shelf, placing a layer of cotton fabric between the rug and the table/shelf in order to keep the rug from soaking up the acids found in wood. The fabric usually is not absolutely necessary, unless you’ll be storing the rug for more than year.

 Persian rugs are precious and should be stored as carefully as possible. Here, one of our team members has rolled a rug over a sturdy cardboard tube and covered it with a muslin cloth.

Rolling a Persian Rug

  • You can fold your rugs, but if you do so, fold it softly and do not keep it folded for too long. The folds could cause creases.
  • Find a cardboard tube that is longer than the rug is wide and use it to roll the rug up. If the rug’s foundation is strong enough, roll the rug with the pile in. Otherwise, roll it up with the pile facing out and the foundation facing in.
  • Find a piece of muslin, then cover the rolled rug with it. This will protect the rug from insects, dust, and direct light. If you do not have muslin, use an old bed sheet. Make sure the muslin or sheet is wide enough to cover the entire width of the rolled rug, then tuck it into the ends of the tube. You do not want any part of the rug exposed.
  • Make sure the wrapping can be secured with wide ties, and tuck the edges of the material into the ends of the tube.
  • If your rug is being stored or wrapped for a long period of time, check it periodically. We recommend checking on your rug at least once every year or so, to make sure there is no damage (such as dampness, holes, moths, etc.).  If the wrapping has become damp, remove the cloth, and check if the rug has also become wet or damaged. If the rug is wet, it is best to call a professional to wash and dry your rug at this point. However, if only the cover has become damp, launder the cloth and/or change the cloth, then re-wrap your rug.  While the rug is out in the open, you can air it out in the sun.  Always check for color fastness before putting your rug in the sun. For example, some Chinese rugs with pastel colors fade in the sun. You can always call us if you have any questions about your rug.

If you are worried that you may not store your Persian rug properly, contact us here at Behnam Rugs. We can roll the rug for you or even store it here in our Dallas showroom. Give us a call.

Last Updated: 21 August 2017