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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Moth-proof wool rug

January 07, 2009
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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 www.rugmates.com/mothproofing.htmland 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 room, with normal vacuuming going on, is not an attractive place for this, although the moth can crawl underneath and lay eggs that will then have access to the carpet’s backing. Rotate the carpet and vacuum front and back.
However, carpets in storage... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Associate Editor
lekrafft@juno.com
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