I would like to hear from those who hang rugs to dry how you keep them from stretching/distorting where they lay on the rack. Even if we adjust them frequently, there is still a noticeable area where they were hanging when we pull them down.
I had that issue before as well, I have always thought it would be nice to have a perforated sheet of stainless steel where the carpet can lay flat on top of. I wanted to have air ducting underneath the perforated stainless and a drying fan directing air gently from underneath (think of an old air hockey table design)
For larger rugs, we have been laying cattle panels on top of PVC pipe to achieve exactly what you are talking about. We usually fold the rug in half, put air movers under, between & on top of the rug. They dry pretty fast an have not had the warping issue. Plus, when we are done we can put it up & out of the way.
I have Moore system poles, solid iron, so they don't dip or flex like wood... then they are covered with perforated drainage pipe to allow for ventilation.. I also have large Tyvex wrapped Sono tubes that can be placed over these if needed for a less severe transition.. IE. Tufted or Axminster /Wilton weaves... would post a pic... but new to the forum and dont see that option.. Hope this helps
Rugguy to upload photos look at the middle icon that looks like a computer with an arrow point up. When you hover over it then it will say upload. Click that button to upload photos. Would love to see your set up.
For us most rugs won't warp if they dry fast enough. So for us it is a constant battle to dry them fast. The ones that will warp we try to dry them flat.
Learned something, Thanks ...
Here is one of the flat drying options I employ, I can achieve any needed size, they allow for fan ventilation, cheap, lightweight, and they stack up and take little room for storage when not in use ..
very cool set up. Thanks for sharing.
Where did u get those.
Does anybody have any kind of direction how to build racks for drying.
PVC lattice or galvanized cattle panels laid over 2" PVC pipes or 2x4s is the basics of it. You just have to space the supports close enough to distribute the weight so the drying area does not sag. RugGuy's looks like plastic pallets the supports.
I just got a Email from Global Industries yesterday, Pallets are on sale, The PVC lattice you can pick up at Lowes, Home Depot ETC.. Here is a link to the pallets....http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/storage/pallets/nestable/plastic-pallet-3000?infoParam.campaignId=CA1&utm_source=global_mail_dyn&utm_medium=dyn_email_rev3&utm_content=CA1&utm_campaign=global_email
If you don't have a spinner to get most of the water out dry them on the floor and hang them the next day. Also if you put them on an angle it helps.
gary here is some old pics of my rug pit set up. It is still set up just like this today. The green side supports are 10' tall warehouse rack sides with metal going across the top to hold the poles. The green rack is bolted to the red iron of the building in three places. The double gang pulleys are from tractor supply for about 12.00 each. Triple gang pulleys were close to 200.00 each at the time and so I didn't do that. These double gang pulleys hold 500 lbs each and there is two per pole. The rope is a double braid rope and the deals that hold the rope came from a sailboat supply place and will hold 500 lbs each. The deck is built out of old lumber that were form boards from when I built my office and they formed up the slab.