Shag rugs are different from traditional rugs. Besides the fact that they are attractive and comfy for our foot to rest on, they do also need extra care to maintain its looks specially its soft and long fibers. And those same fibers are the ones that can easily capture dirt and dust particles quickly. Regardless if it made from wool or synthetic fibers, they will still require more frequent conscientious cleaning. It is a standard rule that shag rugs do require additional care if you will vacuum or deep clean it. And this sounds that shag rugs will require professional cleaning but do not worry, the procedures that we will be providing to you can be done by yourself. Shag rug maintenance doesn’t need to be expensive.
D.I.Y shag cleaning will require the following:
- Plain white vinegar
- White microfiber cloth
- Mop or broom
- Vacuum cleaner (hand held preferred)
- Vacuum cleaner upholstery attachment
- Dry carpet shampoo (optional)
Then we proceed on some of the procedures below depending on the shag rug’s situation.
This procedure is applicable for spills before it has the chance to set in. But you can still try this even if the spill dries out. Mix equal parts of plain white vinegar and room temperature water and pour it directly on the affected area. For stain caused by small amounts (like few tablespoons) of liquid or food, you can start by having half a cup of each ingredient to form the mixture, making more if needed. Work the solution into the stain using the white microfiber cloth (we are using microfiber cloth because it does not stain or leave traces of lint). Use elbow grease to release the stain from the fibers. Once the stain is gone, hang the clean shag rug in a well-ventilated area to dry.
To remove dirt
Take the dry rug outside the house on where you can shake it vigorously enough to remove loose dirt and dust.
If the shag rug is small enough (like 3-4 feet wide), fold it in half, face down, over a clean porch railing or a back of the chair. This is where we will use the mop or broom handle (not its other end) to whack the rug from its back side to release deep stubborn dirt from it. Just whack the shag rug enough to loosen the dirt and be careful not to damage it.
Using vacuum to clean a shag rug
We at Able’s Carpet Cleaning Pueblo Colorado do advise that using a vacuum cleaner to clean the shag rug can possibly damage it because its suction might break the long fibers. But there’s a workaround for it. You can turn the shag rug face down and vacuum its back side, keeping its fibers safe while the vacuum is doing its job to remove the dirt that got settled deep down. This same procedure will also redistribute the tendrils from behind to be fluff again. You may use the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner which offers a stronger suction in a concentrated area.
Using a dry carpet shampoo
You will only use this method if the previous procedures above is not enough to clean the shag rug. But please exercise extreme care while doing this. First, you need to make sure that the dry carpet shampoo that you will use is safe for its content (because some shampoos are better for wool while others are suitable for synthetics and follow the package instruction to the letter). Then shake or spray a small amount onto the least-visible area of the shag rug. Then use a vacuum to carefully vacuum over the shampooed portion of the rug. Be extra careful when doing this. That is why it is preferred that a hand held vacuum cleaner should be used for this because it gives you complete control of it. If any fibers do break off then that’s the time you can call us to take care of it.
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