An oriental rug is not only beautiful, but it represents quite a big investment. It’s not uncommon for these rugs to cost several hundred dollars, and perhaps even more. This is something you want to treat with great care.
There are instances in life where you will want to store an oriental rug. Maybe you have a party planned and don’t want anyone accidentally spilling on the rug. A friend could be bringing a dog over and you don’t want a urine stain on your rug. Perhaps you are moving and the rug needs to be transported and wait in storage for a little while. Whatever the reason to store an oriental rug for a little while, you want to make sure you do it correctly.
You’ve come to the right place for information! We don’t just sell the best oriental rugs in New Mexico, we take great pride in educating our shoppers as well. Today, we are going to discuss the best ways to store an oriental rug so it is not damaged.
How to Store an Oriental Rug
Step #1 Get your rug washed before storing away
This step will ensure that your rug is free from moths, moth eggs, dust, and dirt before storage. You don’t want to hand wash it yourself. Instead, have your rug professionally cleaned here at Serafian’s. Our cleaning methods ensure that every inch of the rug is properly cleaned using methods and tools that are gentle, yet effective.
Step #2 Roll it in paper
It’s time to wrap your rug. Ensure the rug is completely dry, then roll it like a tube and wrap it in special paper. This paper is specially created for this purpose. This paper is chemical and ink free so there are minimum chances of damaging the rug.
Step #3 Seal the wrapping
You will want to seal the wrapping with plenty of tapes so that all seams are well covered. This acts as protection against moisture, as well as nasty little bugs and moths that you don’t want anywhere near your rug.
Step #4 Find a cool and dry storage place
Your rug is ready to be stored, and the only thing left to do is find the right location to do so. Attics and garages in New Mexico tend to get very hot in summer. For this reason, they are not a good place to store your rug. You want a room or storage facility with pretty consistent temperatures. Once you find a good room, lift the rug off of the floor in order to prevent moisture from the floor from seeping in.
Oriental rugs are precious. Rugs should be cared for and stored as carefully as possible. When you look at these four steps, you see that it’s not very difficult to store an oriental rug. As simple as they are, it is important that you pay careful attention to all of the above rules or else you could end up accidentally causinging damage to your rug while it is in storage.
If you have any other questions about oriental rug care or storage, we’re happy to answer them!