Every summer we have some customers that tell us they want to store their rugs for the season, and clients often ask if they can store their rugs in the plastic tubing we use to keep their rugs clean for transport back home. Even though our plastic tubing is perforated to equalize humidity levels, we can’t recommend storing your rugs in plastic. A rapid change in temperature or external humidity can cause moisture build-up within the rug and the perforations that allow the plastic tubing to “breathe” can also allow entry for damaging insects. The best storage option will depend on the type of rug, where it will be stored and how long it will be stored.
Storage By Type Of Rug
Synthetic pile rugs don’t attract pests, so your storage preparation can be as simple as using a drop cloth for dust protection and preventing direct contact of your rug with a concrete floor. Synthetic, machine-tufted and hand-tufted rugs that use latex as an adhesive element in their construction may turn yellow with long-term storage due to latex off-gassing. This will typically go away after a few weeks or months of exposure to sunlight–but not always.
Any rug that has a stiff backing should not be rolled for storage. Bending or folding a stiff rug can cause permanent ripples or even breaks in the backing. If the rug is even temporarily stored on saw horses or another uneven surface, the “high spots” may become dents in the backing. These will appear as lumps in the rug and, depending on the rug’s backing, the condition may be permanent.
Typically rugs are rolled with the nap inside the roll. If the rug is rolled against the lay of the nap (starting from the darker end) it becomes easier to handle when rolled. Some rug types that are backed with a loosely sewn-on fabric backing, or have been assembled using a hot glue adhesive, will require rolling the rug with the face fiber out.
Hand-knotted and soft reversible rugs may be folded, or folded and rolled, to make them easier to store. Be aware that fold lines may take some time to “walk out” when put back into use. Never stack anything on top of a folded rug as there is a possibility of making a harder crease that will require professional blocking to remove. (Refer to our rug “tri-folding” instructions.)
Where to Store Your Rug during the hot Pensacola Summer
Short-term storage throughout a home improvement project, or for the summer, may require nothing more than putting the rug under a bed or in a closet…anywhere temperature and humidity will be fairly constant.
Longer term storage, especially for wool rugs, will require some level of preparation, as the most likely damage will come from moisture, rodents and/or bugs.
If the rug is not soiled, start with a thorough vacuuming. Even synthetic rugs are more attractive to pests if they can detect anything that could be a source of food. If soiled, this may be a good time for professional cleaning.
Moisture and Temperature Considerations for Rugs in Pensacola FL.
Any textile needs to be stored where temperature and humidity levels remain fairly constant. Textiles absorb water in the air when humidity is high and temperatures are low and release moisture when humidity is lower and temperatures higher.
An attic may get very hot. Heat will tend to draw humidity from the rug, and if the rug is stored in plastic or other material that doesn’t “breathe” well, water vapor will condense on the inside of the wrap. The condensed water, in contact with the rug, can lead to damaging dry rot. This can also occur if a plastic wrapped rug is placed in direct sunlight.
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