How to not store a wool rug.
You are planning a renovation. Or you simply tire of the rug you have had out for a while. You decide you want to put the rug in storage for a few weeks. Or simply roll it up or put it in the back of a closet. You vacuum it and roll it up. It'll just be a few weeks or months you think. Maybe you stick some cedar chips or a few mothballs in between the folds or rolls of the rug. Weeks become moths (and maybe years) and one day you see a moth flying around. You get this pang in your memory as you quickly calculate how long it's been since you last inspected your rug. Has it been that long? You go to the closet and pull out the rug. You open it and see holes where there was once a beautiful motif. You see white gluey trails where there was nothing but black beautiful wool. While you were thinking of anything but moths, moths were eating your beautiful wool rug. This can be prevented by taking a few simple steps before putting a rug into storage. Most importantly, you must have your rug professionally cleaned before putting it in storage. Moths will always choose a dirty rug over a clean rug for their meal. Secondly, it is important that rugs are stored in a well ventilated area. Closets are among the worst places for storage. And thirdly, regular inspection is necessary. If moths are caught early, rugs can be cleaned and saved from costly and unsightly damage.
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