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The Area Rug Experts Spill: The Rules for Area Rug Storage!


Ruthie here with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care, your area rug care experts in Northern Arizona!  I wanted to talk about the rules for area rug storage today!

Some folks don’t want to put their area rugs away for a long period of time, but sometimes life happens and it becomes a necessity.  Be it moving to a smaller home or just switching out rugs between the seasons, or for any other reason, you need to make sure your area rugs are stored PROPERLY.


  • Fold your area rugs. This is NEVER a good idea, especially when it comes to long term storage.  This puts extra stress on rug fibers and can and will cause these fibers to disappear.

  • Leave your rugs unprotected.  By this, I mean that you should NOT just roll your rugs up and put them in the garage or a storage unit.  Unprotected rugs are the perfect home for moths, mice, and other critters that love your rug fibers!

  • Store a dirty rug.  Any spills or animal urine on your rugs provide extra proteins to your rug fibers, which is only a bigger incentive for moths to make a home out of your rug.  RUGS SHOULD ALWAYS BE STORED CLEAN!

  • Store them in plastic. Plastic (whether it’s a bag or saran wrap) doesn’t allow the rug fibers to breathe and causes moisture to get trapped in the rug.  This leads to mold and mildew issues.


  • Have your rugs cleaned by a professional like Arizona Oriental!  We remove not only the soil from your rugs, but we also treat any animal urine accidents that may have happened over the years.  Animal urine compromises your rug’s integrity, along with of course attracting moths.  When you have your rugs professionally cleaned before storing them, it ensures that any problem spots are removed.

  • Have a moth treatment applied.  We offer all of our clients a specialized Moth Treatment that gets applied after the rug is cleaned.  It makes the fibers take unappetizing to moths, so they look elsewhere.  It’s also WoolSafe and completely safe for kids and pets!

  • Roll and wrap your rug in storage wrap.  This is a service that we can provide for you as well!  After we clean and apply our Moth Treatment to your rug, we roll it nice and neat and then wrap it in a high quality storage wrap.  This wrapping is designed to protect your rug from insects, animals, and soil, while also letting your rug fibers breathe!

Please give Arizona Oriental a call if you have any questions or need to prep your area rug for storage!  We’re more than happy to help you with whatever your rug care needs are!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, Flagstaff, and much of the Northern Arizona areas.  We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION.  Such extraordinary certification ensures our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Give us a call for more information about the proper way to store your area rugs at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 06-08-2020

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