How to Properly Store Rugs and Carpets

How to Properly Store Rugs and Carpets

Posted by Ali Mirdamadi on

Whether you are a seasoned homeowner looking to preserve your precious floor coverings or a new rug owner seeking proper storage advice, you've come to the right place. This article will walk you through the best practices and essential tips to ensure your rugs and carpets remain pristine during storage.


Understanding the Importance of Proper Rug and Carpet Storage

Before we get into the storage methods, it's crucial to grasp why correct storage matters. Improper storage can lead to irreversible damage such as mould, mildew, fading, and even pest infestations. By following our expert advice, you can protect your rugs and carpets for the long term and save money on replacements.


Step-by-Step Guide to Storing Rugs and Carpets


1. Clean Thoroughly Before Storage

Before storing your rugs and carpets, it is essential to clean them thoroughly. Any dirt, dust, or debris left on the surface can attract pests or cause permanent stains during storage. Follow these steps for proper cleaning:

  1. Vacuum both sides of the rug or carpet to remove loose dirt and dust. Vacuum your rug with the lowest suction setting and without the beater bar otherwise you risk damaging the rug or carpet.
  2. Address any stains with appropriate cleaning solutions or seek professional cleaning for stubborn stains. For tips on cleaning stains yourself, click here.
  3. Allow sufficient time for the rug or carpet to dry completely before proceeding to storage.

2. Roll Instead of Folding

When preparing your rugs and carpets for storage, rolling is the preferred method over folding. Folding can lead to creases and damage to the fibres, affecting the overall appearance and longevity of the rug. Here's how to roll your rug properly:

  1. Lay the rug flat with the front side facing down.
  2. Roll the rug upwards from the shortest side, tightly from one end to the other, keeping it aligned and straight as you go.
  3. Secure the rolled rug with cotton or muslin cloth ties to prevent it from unravelling.

3. Wrap in Breathable Materials

When covering your rolled rugs or carpets, opt for breathable materials like cotton or muslin cloth -any fabric would work though. Avoid using plastic, as it can trap moisture and lead to mould growth. Wrapping them gently in cloth will provide protection without compromising ventilation.

4. Choose the Right Storage Location

Selecting the appropriate storage location is critical for maintaining the quality of your rugs and carpets. Ideally, store them in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight. Basements and attics are generally not suitable due to potential moisture issues. A climate-controlled storage unit is an excellent option for long-term storage.

5. Elevate the Storage

To further protect your rugs and carpets from potential damage, elevate them off the ground. When you store rugs or carpets directly on the floor, they are more susceptible to absorbing moisture and become vulnerable to insects and rodents. Basements, garages, or any area with concrete flooring can be especially problematic as they tend to have higher humidity levels. Placing them on pallets or shelves helps prevent moisture absorption and keeps pests at bay.

6. Regularly Inspect and Air Out

While in storage, periodically inspect your rugs and carpets for any signs of damage or pests. Once every few months, unroll and air them out to maintain freshness and prevent musty odours from developing.

7. Avoid Heavy Items on Top

If you are storing multiple rugs or carpets, refrain from stacking heavy items on top of them. The added weight can compress the fibres and cause distortion.


By following these steps, you are well-equipped to store your rugs and carpets effectively. Proper cleaning, rolling, and storage in the right environment will preserve their beauty and integrity, ensuring they continue to add warmth and style to your living spaces for years to come. Remember, investing time and effort in proper storage now will save you from costly rug replacements later.

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