How to Store Rugs and Carpets

May 31, 2022 in Self-Storage Leave a Comment

While storing rugs and carpets may seem like a simple task, there are several steps that need to be completed before placing them in your storage unit. Failure to complete these steps can result in permanent folds, deteriorated fabric, insect damage, and other unwanted issues. As a leading provider of quality storage unit rentals, the team at LoknStore knows how important preparation is when storing rugs, carpets, and other fabric items. That is why we have compiled some information to demonstrate how to store rugs and carpets safely.

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4 Steps to Safely Store Rugs and Carpets in a Storage Unit

To ensure that your rug or carpet maintains its shape and does not suffer any damage during storage, you will need to complete the following steps before placing it in your unit:

1. Thoroughly Clean the Rug

If any part of your rug is dirty, it will need to be cleaned before you store it. Leaving dirt, food stains, or other substances on your rug will attract insects and other pests, significantly increasing the risk of damage to your rug and other items. To remove these substances, thoroughly vacuum the rug and use suitable stain removal products according to the cleaning instructions from the manufacturer.

2. Protect the Rug/Carpet from Moths

Moths and other insects can cause significant damage to your rug if it is not properly protected. Before placing your carpet or rug in your storage unit, be sure to take extra care to protect it from moths and insects by applying an insect and moth repellent that is specially designed for fabrics.

3. Consider Humidity

Humidity can cause a rug to curl at the edges and may permanently change its shape. That is why it is worth choosing a storage facility that offers climate-controlled storage units. This will ensure that the temperature and humidity are kept at a consistent level, minimizing the risk of damage.

4. Roll the Rug up and Wrap it

You should never fold a rug or carpet as this can lead to creases, cracks, and other significant forms of damage. That is why it is best to roll the carpet into an even cylinder. To ensure that the rug is kept straight while rolling it, consider wrapping it around a wooden dowel or thick curtain rod. Once the rug has been rolled up, it is worth wrapping it with a protective plastic bag as this will further minimize the risk of damage.

To learn more about our storage unit rentals or how to store certain items, get in touch with the experts at LoknStore. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our units.