When you're packing up for a move, you need to decide how to deal with your floor rugs. While you may think that you can just roll them up and stick them on your van, this may not be the best way to go.
It's worth preparing your rugs for your new home and protecting them in transit. What should you do with the rugs before you move them?
1. Clean the Rugs
Even if you vacuum your rugs regularly, it's worth giving them a more intensive clean before you move them. This stops you taking dust into your new home; it also ensures that there isn't anything embedded in the rugs that might damage them when you roll them up.
So, vacuum both sides of the rugs. The back is as important as the front here. It holds dust so it's best to give this a run over too. If any of your rugs need a professional clean, then now is a good time to do it. This ensures that your rugs will look good as soon as you put them down in your new home.
2. Roll the Rugs
The easiest way to transport rugs, no matter what their size, is to roll them up. While you may think that you should roll a rug so that the pile is on the inside and the backing is on the outside of the roll, this isn't always the best idea.
The backing on a rug is often stiffer than the carpet pile. It can crack or break if you put too much pressure on it. So, once you've cleaned a rug, turn it upside down so that the pile is on the floor and the backing faces up. This ensures that the pile, which is more flexible, takes the strain of rolling.
Roll the rug up gently. You want the roll to be tight enough to hold but not so tight that that rug is put under strain. Once the rug is rolled up, tie it at either end to hold it together. You can use string or even ribbon for this. Avoid using tape or anything that might stick to or cut into the pile.
3. Cover the Rugs
Your rolled rug has pile on the outside of the roll, so you need to give it some extra protection for the move itself. Wrap the rug in plain paper, a moving blanket, or even a regular blanket and then tie the packing around the rug.
Your removalist can give you more advice on how to move your rugs safely. If you want extra help, they can also roll and pack rugs for you.