If you’re moving, your rug may be the last thing that makes it on the truck. After all, it’s underneath your furniture, it won’t fit in any boxes, and well, you might not think about it tell the last minute. However, you shouldn’t neglect your rug, especially during your move! Just remember its value, and all the memories that your rug carries with it.
Unfortunately, rugs are often damaged during a move from home to home. You can damage your rug by moving furniture, with foot traffic, staining, you name it. That’s why we’re taking some time today to talk about the best ways to ensure that your rug isn’t damaged while you’re moving from home to home.
Storing your rug is the safest option, and it’s best to do before you even start moving—once again, you could forget about your rug and damage it inadvertently. Store your rug with the professional rug experts here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners. We safely store rugs so that they maintain their color, texture, and they remain free from insects and pests.
As we note on our rug storage page, when a rug is to be stored for more than a few months it should be cleaned, sprayed with insecticide, and wrapped in protective plastic or a tough synthetic paper like Tyvek® building paper—and that’s exactly what we do. We also clean rugs that are stored here at our storage facilities, and we apply an insecticide to keep insects (like moths) from wreaking havoc on your rug.
Do It Yourself Storage No-nos
If you’re stowing your rug away yourself (perhaps in storage), then you’ll want to be cautious to use the right technique. Again, use a protective plastic. Avoid newsprint and common brown wrapping paper—these materials are acidic and may damage your rug. Plus, moisture may penetrate the rug, which can lead to mold. Avoid using mothballs or flakes in lieu of an insecticide that’s designed to do the job, and steer clear of cedar scent products (there’s a myth that they’re helpful in keeping moths from making your rug their home). Also, be sure that your rug isn’t stored in direct sunlight; the fibers could discolor over time. If you must store your rug yourself, it’s best to store your rug somewhere that is clean, dry, elevated off the ground, and out of reach of rodents.
Purchase Carpet Protection Film or Tape
If you’d prefer to keep moving while your rug (or rugs) are still in their place on the floor, then it’s best to purchase carpet protection film or tape. Place film on your most highly trafficked areas. You’ll preserve your rug from mud, dust, and anything else that movers throw at it.
Use Casters, Dollies, & Furniture Sliders
At the very least, when you’re moving furniture across your rug, it’s best to use casters, a dolly, and/or furniture sliders to move furniture over the surface of your rug. If you can’t lift and carry the furniture over the rug, it’s crucial to use casters, a dolly, or sliders to prevent rug damage and tearing. We’d recommend using casters or a dolly over furniture sliders, since sliders can still damage rugs.
Count on Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners
For rug washes, rug repair, rug appraisal, and of course, rug storage, you can count on the crew here at Fred Remmers Rug Cleaners. Learn more about our rug storage services, and get in touch with us to get started. Also, take note, if you live in Nashville, we provide free pickup and delivery for your rug! We also have three convenient locations, including Nashville, Memphis, and Atlanta.