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4. Moths. Moths can do some serious damage to your rug. Check back regularly for infestation. Moths are common in rugs that are in hidden in dark, such as under a bed.
5. Storage. If you need to store your rug for an extended period of time, roll it tightly into a cylinder. Don't forget to mothproof it first. Cover with kraft paper. Then wrap rolled rug in TyvekŪ, which is water resistant and breathable. Do not use plastic as it will not let rug breathe and could lead to mildew. Store in a dry, cool well ventilated area. Don't make mistake of storing it in your attic, or in rafters of your garage.
Simple, use a professional. This is not a job for a do-it-yourselfer. Consult your phone book for a reputable place. Plan on having it cleaned every 1-3 years, depending on amount of traffic.
Spills. Clean them up immediately. Don't wait for company to leave. Work from outside of spill to center so as not to spread it. If you've got a stain, be cautious with using commercial spot removers, as they could damage your rug. If you do use one, test it first, if at all possible.
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