MOTH DAMAGE IN PERSIAN & ORIENTAL RUGS
Hoover your rugs on both the back and front. This should be done every couple of months if possible.
Adjust your furniture every so often to keep the wools in the rug well aired and wellventilated.
During the Spring and Summer months be more wary of insects flying about your handmade rugs.
Hand clean your rugs every five to seven years to keep the wools and silks in good health and clean.
James Barclay have been repairing Fine rugs (including moth damaged rugs) for many years. Our expertise in traditional rug repair is unrivalled. This is why we are trusted by our clients up and down the country; from stately homes and museums to houses and homes across England and Wales.
For case studies on rugs that we have repaired, head over to our repairs page where you can see before and after images that show how rugs can be restored to their original beauty, often regardless of the extent of damage.
WHAT CAUSES MOTH DAMAGE TO RUGS
There are four types of moths that cause damage to rugs: clothes moths, carpet beetles, booklice, and dust mites. Clothes moths are the most common type of moth that infests homes. They are attracted to natural fibers such as wool and silk, and can cause extensive damage to clothing and other fabrics. Carpet beetles are much less common than clothes moths, but can still cause considerable damage to carpets and other textile products. Booklice feed on mold and mildew, and can infest books, papers, and even cereals. Dust mites are tiny creatures that thrive in dusty environments. Although they do not directly damage fabrics, they can cause allergic reactions in some people.
Moths are not the only insects that can damage your rugs. Carpet beetles and booklice are also common pests that can infest homes. Carpet beetles are attracted to natural fibers such as wool and silk, and can cause extensive damage to carpets and other textile products. Booklice feed on mold and mildew, and can infest books, papers, and even cereals. Dust mites are tiny creatures that thrive in dusty environments. Although they do not directly damage fabrics, they can cause allergic reactions in some people.
If you think you have a moth or carpet beetle infestation, it is important to contact a professional to get rid of the pests and prevent further damage to your home.
There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent moth damage to your rugs. First, make sure to vacuum your rugs regularly. This will remove any dust or dirt that moths may be attracted to. Second, keep your rugs clean by spot-cleaning them as needed. This will also help to remove any food sources that moths may be attracted to. Finally, consider storing your rugs in a cool, dry place when they’re not in use. This will help to prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can attract moths. By taking these simple steps, you can help to keep your rugs looking beautiful for years to come.