Wrapping a rug for storage or for shipment is not too difficult of a task. However, you want to be sure you do it properly as to cause damage to an expensive carpet. Below is our quick, step by step guide:
- Clean the rug thoroughly to remove any dirt or stains. This will prevent any damage during shipping and keep the rug in good condition. If you are planning on storing the rug indefinitely, consider moth proofing as well.
- Roll the rug carefully, starting from one end and rolling towards the other. Make sure the pile is facing inward to prevent any damage to the fibers. If it’s a larger rug, you should fold the rug in half before you roll it. Secure the folded/rolled rug with nylon twine.
- Wrap the rug in a protective material, such as our selection of polyurethane Rug Wraps. This is critical in preventing damage to the rug from the elements, and the shipping process. Tyvek Rug wrap is best used if you intend on storing your rug for a long period of time as the material is breathable and can help prevent moisture and mold buildup. Optionally, before wrapping the rug many of our customers place a layer of Kraft paper between the rug wrap and the rug. This provides an extra layer of protection.
- Seal the wrapped rug with strong packing tape and label it clearly with the shipping destination and any other important information, such as the contents of the bale and your contact information. If you are storing the rug, label the wrapped rug with the rug’s name and other important information, such as the date it was cleaned and wrapped. This will make it easy to identify the rug when it comes time to retrieve it from storage.
- Store the rug in a cool, dry place that is free from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Avoid damp or humid areas, as these can damage the rug’s fibers and cause mold or mildew growth.
- Lastly, check on the rug periodically to ensure it is in good condition. If you notice any signs of damage, such as mold or mildew, take steps to address the issue immediately to prevent further damage.
If you can follow as many of the above steps as you can, you can rest assured that your expensive rug will get to it’s destination in tact or you can keep it stored away safely with peace of mind.