Rug Storage: Costly Mistakes

Storage unitsCostly Rug Storage Mistakes

Storing your rug is generally a simple process. However, there are some things you should know and do when putting a fine rug in storage to ensure its longevity in the years to come.


The first mistake is not cleaning your rug before storing it. If you don’t have your rug professionally cleaned before storing it, you are likely storing a rug covered in dirt, dander, and stains that will attract moths and mice. In addition, the wool fibers in your rug contain an oil which keeps the fibers flexible. A dirty rug prevents oxygen from reaching the oil, resulting in a stiff and delicious rug for moths.

At the very least, vacuum the rug extensively without using the beater brush extension. Vacuum the front and back of the rug to remove all dirt particles and possible moths and eggs.

The next mistake is not wrapping your rug in cotton fabric or a piece of muslin. An unwrapped rug will become mice and moth fodder. Make sure to completely cover your rug, including the ends, so that mice cannot nest inside your rug.

Do not store your rug in a material that doesn’t breathe such as a plastic tarp or piece of paper, which moths love to eat. Your rug needs oxygen.

Make sure to roll your rug in the direction of the grain to minimize stress. You can determine this by feeling with your hand.

In addition, you should be storing your rug horizontally to protect the rug’s shape and on top of something so that it is not touching the floor. This prevents water damage and makes it harder for rodents and pests to get to your rug. Never fold your rug. This can lead to creases that don’t go away.

Another mistake is storing a wet rug. This will result in mold and eventual rotting of the rug fibers. So will storing a rug in a space with high humidity like a basement.

Make sure that the storage facility you select maintains a constant temperature. Fluctuations in temperature can cause damage. Choose a climate controlled storage unit.

Rugs do best in spaces that are dry and cool. If you choose, you may set moth and mice traps near the rug. Air circulation around the rug is important to prevent nesting.

Thoroughly clean the storage unit or space you have chosen to store the rug. Don’t leave any yummy dirt or cracks that mice could enter through.

Not checking on your rug every six months or so is the next mistake. You need to routinely check on your rug to make sure moths and carpet beetles aren’t making a meal of your rug. While you’re there, clean the space the rug is in and the rug itself, as dust has likely accumulated.

Choose an area with little to no sunlight. Direct light can fade the rug’s beautiful colors.

Finally, have your rug appraised before storing it. Behnam Rugs can do this for you. Take a photograph and get insurance based on the appraisal.

All these tips will make your rug last longer and prevent harm to it.

If you aren’t sure where to store your rug, trust the experts at Behnam Rugs. The storage facility at our 18000 Preston Road showroom provides the optimal conditions for your storing rug, as they are required to ensure the longevity of the rugs we display and sell.

How to Store Your Rug to Avoid Moth Damage

A rug damaged by mothsStoring Your Rug to Prevent Moth Damage

So you’ve decided to store your heirloom rug. Moths are one of the biggest threats to the integrity of fine Oriental rugs in storage. They love dark spaces and dirty rugs. That’s why it’s essential to store your fine Oriental rug properly.

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.Destructive Rug Eating Moth

The first thing you’ll want to do is have your rug cleaned professionally. This ensures that no tasty tidbits of dirt remain to entice pests.

Next, make sure to store your rug in a dry, climate controlled space. Once you have selected a spot to store your rug(s), thoroughly clean the space. Sweep, vacuum, and if you have access to a leaf blower, blast the area, especially nooks and crannies where insects may be hiding. Moths love dark, quiet areas.

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 need oxygen in order to survive. Never wrap your rug in plastic or paper. Moths eat paper.

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.

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.

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 damp rug covering will not have had time to dampen and damage your rug.

If you want to be extra safe, install a few moth 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. Vacuuming at this time improves longevity as well.

And there you have it! Everything you should do to store your rug and prevent moth damage.