Shag was the big thing in the early 1970s. Everyone simply had to have shag everything, shag haircuts, shag rugs and shag carpet. But you need to know how to clean a shag rug. It isn’t at all like berber or plush carpet.

How to Clean a Shag Rug

Shag has a super nice, long and fluffy pile. Sometimes it is very long loops and others are not, but it is always very long. It is easy for a vacuum cleaner with a roller to destroy shag or get caught in it, depending on the length of the pile. So, how to clean a shag rug?

A shag rug is easier than a shag carpet, because you can pick up the rug and move it. The safest way to clean this type of rug is to take it outside and beat it with a broom. This is how carpets were cleaned in the old days and it still works great today. Put it shag side down over a porch rail or fence and beat the dirt out of it.

If asking your rug to step outside for a beating isn’t going to work for your rug then you will need to vacuum it. However, do not use the roller brush. Use the attachment that you would use on drapes or furniture. It is a lot of hard work, but you’ll get it cleaned up. Sprinkling it with baking soda first and letting it sit for a few hours before vacuuming helps freshen it up by removing odors.

When you need new floor covering for a room or an entire home, remember to give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet. We hope we’ve helped teach you some tips on how to clean a shag rug.

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