Shag rugs are a great addition to any home, and the different varieties of shag rugs available make it easy to find one to match any type of decor. That’s true whether you have a modern and contemporary home environment or a more traditional style.
Shag is a term to describe a rug that has a high pile and is not very dense. The high pile and low density cause the shag material to essentially lay and give it a shaggy look.
Vacuuming a Shag Rug
Shag rugs are made from a wide variety of materials and can come in a spectrum of different colours. Depending on the material of your shag rug, there are different ways to clean it. Most cotton based or synthetic based shag rugs will be easy to clean by washing them in a cold gentle cycle and allowing them to air dry. Some specialty rugs may require special soap and cleaning methods.
Vacuuming a shag rug helps remove debris once it starts to collect. You should think of vacuuming as being the first line of defense for keeping shag rugs looking new and pristine for as long as possible. With frequent vacuuming you will help keep dust, crumbs, dirt and other debris from becoming ground into the shag rug as foot traffic passes over the area.
Vacuuming with an upholstery attachment that allows you to ‘spot clean’ (using the suctioning action of the machine) is a good way to clean your shag rug. Avoid using the normal vacuum head over the shag rug because the strands of leather will get caught in the rotating mechanism of the vacuum and can damage your rug. It is best to spot vacuum without any risk of exposing your shag rug to the rotating portion of your vacuum.
If spot vacuuming does not clean your shag rug thoroughly enough, then you should consider bringing it to a professional rug cleaner or the dry cleaners. Attempting to clean your shag rug yourself using chemicals can be damaging to the material and can lead to discoloration of the shag rug, so it is best to leave the cleaning to those who are familiar with cleaning them professionally.