Transporting a large area rug can be a difficult, tedious task known only to those who have been there. If you have ever been in this position, you know how challenging it can be to send a large area rug for delivery. The first thing to consider is to find a courier company that will accommodate transporting large area rugs. Next, you need to find a way to safely pack up that rug for sending.
Here is a brief guide to help you with your rug shipment packing and preparation:
- Give your area rug an extensive, deep cleaning.
Using a vacuum cleaner (never a beater bar), vacuum the rug thoroughly to remove all dirt and debris. The use of a carpet shampooer is also recommended if the rug is heavily soiled or stained.
- Protect your area rug from future damage during transport.
The rug must be rolled in such a way that the ends do not curl. If the ends of the rug are allowed to curl, they will likely be damaged during transport.
The rug must also be secured with clear, wide packing tape before being placed in the box for sending. The tape should be applied with an uninterrupted strip across the width of the rug, beginning and ending at the edges. The tape should be applied at least 2 inches from the edges of the rug. The tape should also be applied vertically, not horizontally.
Finally, two pieces of tape must be applied vertically, one in the center of the width, and one at each end.
Please note that these instructions apply to sending standard, non-fragile shipment deliveries.
- Place the rug in the box.
Place the rug in the box with the back of the rug facing up. The center of the rug should be placed in the center of the box. Pack the rug so that it is firmly in place and with sufficient packing material so that the rug is tightly contained in the box during transport.
Pack at least 2 inches of packing material in the box. The packing material should fill the space between the rug and the sides of the box.
Note that this step is only necessary if the rug is being posted via UPS or FedEx.
- Fill out the shipping label.
Please note that this step is only necessary if the package is being shipped via UPS or FedEx. For instance, if you are sending the package via another courier company or postal service, the shipping label may be printed directly from the courier company’s website, or you may have the shipping label printed at your local post office.
- Affix the shipping label to the box.
If the box is being delivered via UPS or FedEx, the label must be affixed to the box prior to the box being picked up by the shipper. If the box is being shipped via other courier services, the label may be printed directly from the courier’s website, or you may have the shipping label printed at your local post office.
The final step is to carefully load the box onto the shipper’s truck or into their truck, and then to watch as your rug is delivered.
It is not uncommon for the box containing your rug to arrive in a damaged condition. You should inspect the box for damage, and if the box is damaged, you may reject the shipment. If you decide to accept the delivery, you should open the box immediately to ensure that the rug has not been damaged by the shipper during postage. If the rug has been damaged, you should file a claim with the shipper.
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