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How to Move a Rug to a New Home
Whether you own a particularly valuable rug, such as a hand-woven Persian rug, or a run-of-the-mill machine-loomed rug, it’s imperative that you follow the right protocol for moving it to a new house.
1. Prep and clean the rug before moving
First and foremost, clean the rug as thoroughly as possible prior to packing and moving it. Of course, keeping a rug in good condition all starts with regular care and maintenance. That means vacuuming it with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum cleaner on a regular basis to eliminate shedding, dirt, dust and pests. It also means having your rugs professionally cleaned by a rug cleaning company. Deep cleanings should be able to eliminate allergens, dust and dirt from within the rug. Before moving it, you can also place the rug outside in the sun and beat it to get rid of dirt. The only exception to this is a high-quality Persian rug, which can (unfortunately) be damaged over time by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. If the rug sits in the sunlight for a long period of time, it will likely fade.
2. Gather materials for moving
Next, you’ll need to gather packing materials for moving the rug. Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to pack up a rug. For large area rugs, you will need: a string or rope to tie the rug once it is rolled up; packing paper to protect and wrap the rug with; and packing tape to secure the packing paper in place. For smaller rugs (think: 2x3s), you should be able to place them back in their original cardboard carpet tube packaging.
3. Enlist help
Depending on the size and weight of the rug, you may be able to move it without the help of an additional set of hands. However, we suggest enlisting help for large area rugs, as these tend to be heavy and difficult to move without assistance. If you decide to forego hiring professional help, we recommend asking friends and family who have experience with moving. They should also be dressed in appropriate attire, meaning sturdy sneakers and comfortable clothing.
4. Flip the rug over so that the back is facing up
Quick lesson in rugs: The front or top side of the rug, referred to as the pile, should be facing out when rolled up. The back side of the rug should be facing inward when rolled up. Why? Because a rug’s backing is fragile and prone to damage when rolled up. This is especially true if the rug has a stiff backing that can be easily cracked or strained when rolled. To ensure that your rug doesn’t become damaged during the move, flip it over so that the rug’s back is facing up.
5. Roll the rug from the short side
Once the rug is flipped over, begin rolling it from the short side (not the long side!). Make sure to roll the rug tightly and securely. Whatever you do, do not fold the rug. Rolling the rug is the best way to help a rug’s fibers stay in good shape when moving. You may need a helper to assist with rolling the rug, so that all parts and corners are rolled up tightly and evenly.
6. Tie up the rug
Finished rolling up the rug? Have one person hold the rug in place while the other ties the rug with a string or rope. We recommend first securing a tie in the middle of the rolled-up rug. Then, secure a tie string around the top and bottom of the rug to ensure that it stays in place.
7. Wrap the rug in packing paper or a thick covering
When moving your rug to a new home, it’s easy for the pile to get beat up and stained during the moving process. If you’re worried about the front becoming damaged or stained during the move, try protecting it with thick packing paper or a large blanket. To properly protect your rug, simply wrap it in the covering from top to bottom and secure with packing tape.
8. Avoid placing items on top of your rug
Once the rug is rolled up, carefully place it onto the truck. We recommend keeping the rug in the upright position. Not only will this help maximize the space inside your moving truck, but it will also prevent damage to the rug. If you need to place the rug lying down, just be sure that nothing is on top of it. The last thing you want is heavy furniture or boxes adding pressure and crushing your valuable rug.
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