Whether it’s one carpet from your home or a dozen in a warehouse, there’s an art to storing carpets that will help them keep their quality through storage. Carpet manufacturers use stillage cages to safely store them in bulk and move them with ease.
For the workshops that temporarily store used carpets, storing has to be done more carefully. Here are the top five tips on how to store your rugs and carpets while minimising the risk of damage:
1. Clean and dry them thoroughly
Vacuum them well to make sure you’ve removed the buildup of dust and dirt that’s accumulated over the years. You can hire a professional to do this for you or you can use a mild detergent and water solution. Brush the carpet and water it down with a hose. It should be completely dry prior to storage.
2. Roll it tight
Never fold a carpet. Tightly roll it up, making sure there are no creases as you do. Secure it with a soft rope at the top, bottom and middle part.
3. Wrap it in canvass or brown craft paper
Never wrap stored carpets in plastic. Carpets need to breathe, too. Craft paper or any large piece of cloth is best for additional protection.
4. Store them off the ground
Elements can easily reach the carpet if stored on the ground. You can use a high pallet or rack and store them vertically. Never put anything on stored carpets to prevent cracks and creases.
5. Keep them away from direct sunlight
Direct sunlight can cause the colour to fade. Keep the carpet in a place where there’s good ventilation to prevent mould and mildew.
Regularly clean the surrounding area to avoid dirt, dust and insects from accumulating in the carpets. Carpets are beautiful additions to any home or office, but without proper care and storage, they’re susceptible to damage and can affect your investment.