Storing Handmade Area Rugs

Handmade area rugs can be precious possession for any and so it needs relatively more care as compared to area rugs. If you are planning on storing your rug for a long period of time it is important to take following steps in order to maintain the beauty and enhance durability of handmade area rugs:

  1. Use cloth to wrap it, be sure not to use an airtight plastic bag. Handmade Rugs need to breathe and they will sometimes rot or mildew if not able to.
  2. Your rug could also be rolled up and kept cool dry place with some moth crystals, which should be replaced every few months.
  3. Ideally, large rugs should be rolled around a pole, let the protruding ends rest on blocks or trestles.
  4. It is suitable to let carpets lie flat on top of one another for any length of time.
  5. DO NOT store rugs in a hot and humid or poorly ventilated room. This will cause mildew, which has a musty odor, and also discolor the fabrics, and weakens the rugs.
  6. Never leave a rug wet. Failure to remove all the moisture might result in mildew.
  7. DO NOT store a handmade rug in a hot closet, this could result in the base of your rug drying out and becoming brittle, and also destroying its strength and durability.

By Stephanie Drescher

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