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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Moth proofing wool

January 25, 2012
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: How do you moth-proof a wool rug?

The answer:

Check the Web at and search there for moth repelling chemicals. Naphthalene is the main chemical in moth balls and is listed as a carcinogen by the U.S. government. You may want to seek out a more environmentally friendly deterrent. The moth larvae do the damage, not the fully developed moth. Moths choose to lay their eggs in undisturbed places away from harmful sunlight. A wool carpet in use in a lighted ... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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