Shag rugs are the perfect accent to any room, it can take the room from flop to fab in seconds, but when they are in need of cleaning this material can be very hard to clean. So, here are 5 different ways to clean a shag rug.
To clean your shag rug, start with the oldest rug-cleaning method in the book – shake your rug out by hand. Take your rug outside, hold it firmly by two corners, and powerfully shake it to loosen the dirt and dust. If your rug is too big to shake properly, hang your rug from a clothesline or fence and hit the rug with a broom handle or solid stick. This will send the dust and dirt flying and give your rug a chance to air out. Prolonged sunlight can fade the colors of your shag rug over time, but letting your rug soak up some rays for a short time will help kill bacteria and mites
The extra-long pile of a shag rug requires a little extra attention when vacuuming compared to rugs with shorter piles. The long fibers of the pile can get caught in the moving parts of the vacuum and damage your rug, so adjust your vacuum’s height setting to high and turn off the beater bars.
When small spills or accidents occur, spot cleaning your rug is the easiest way to treat a soiled area without treating the entire rug. The trick to effective spot cleaning is reacting quickly to spills before they settle in, so make sure to have a stash of carpet cleaning supplies and rags easily accessible. When an accident happens, press firmly on the affected area with a clean rag and soak up as much liquid as possible. Spray the area with a carpet cleaning solution and let it sit for a few minutes before blotting the area dry with a new rag, working from the outside edges of the spill toward the center. Continue these steps until the area is clean. A shaggy pile makes this method harder than with short carpet, so make sure to blot deep into the rows of fibers
Before doing anything with your rug that involves water, read the rug care instructions carefully. If your rug can handle some moisture, then rent a carpet cleaner to shampoo your shag rug. A carpet cleaner distributes shampoo and hot water into your rug and then vacuums the liquid back up at the same time, lifting soils and stains as it goes. After cleaning, let your rug air dry outside to avoid mildew. For rugs that shouldn’t get wet, try a powdered dry shampoo you sprinkle onto your rug and then vacuum up. The powder captures dirt and other particles to clean your shag rug more effectively than just vacuuming
The safest and most effective way to clean a shag rug is to have it cleaned by professionals. Some materials need special care to prevent damage from at-home cleaning methods or staining from chemicals. If the cleaning recommendations for your rug require specific care that you can’t provide, don’t take the risk of damaging your rug by trying to clean it yourself. Even if you clean your rug yourself, it’s still a good idea to have your shag rug professionally cleaned a few times a year.
These are five great tips to ensure your carpets health and longevity. Also, cleaning any carpet will improve the air quality and can help reduce sickness such as colds and allegies. This is a really important part of home cleaning so it confusing to me why its usually swept under the rug 🙂 Anyways, thanks for reading.