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How to Clean Your Shag Rug

Fluffy and soft, almost like a cuddly canine, Shag Rugs are the most delicate rugs you'll ever have. Why are they this way? Let us explain why: shag carpets contain deep, dense, irregular heaps formed from numerous strands of yarn. These yarn strands are responsible for the shaggy and fluffy appearance of shag rugs! These rugs not only feel comfy, but they also look Cozy. They will dramatically change your space and give it the most outstanding appearance and mood possible. They are by far the most unique. Nonetheless, Modern Rugs, even though they were created in the 1970s, emanate modern vibes and provide modern accents. So, if you've been thinking about getting one for your house but have been reluctant because of the varied thoughts and reviews about cleaning and maintaining shag rugs, don't worry all; carry on reading for some helpful tips.


The interesting origins of Shag Rug

Shag rugs initially gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s but have slowly made a comeback. They originated in Greece, and their history may be dated back to 331 BC. They are also known as 'flokati carpets' since they are woven goat hair. They became popular, manufactured in several nations, and can now be found in practically every state. They are significantly easier to make now, thanks to advancements and technologies such as yarn and the introduction of synthetic Fibers. Shag carpets, also known as flokati rugs, have increased in value and appeal since their introduction and will continue to do so in the future.


Varieties of Shag Rugs

Like traditional rugs, shag rugs come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. So, lets quickly explore the types of Shag rugs.

Wool-made shag rugs

When it comes to rugs, wool is the most often used material, and shag rugs are no exception. They have been discovered to be the comfiest and soft. Wool shag carpets are typically "noodle-like." They are easy to clean and maintain since they contain thin and delicate Fibers. Wool Rugs are the ideal place to shop for rugs that seem downy and noodle-like but are not particularly fleecy.

Shag Leather Rugs

These are the most fragile and sensitive rugs. Leather-made rugs are indeed one-of-a-kind, with the most dramatic and breath-taking appearances. The most important, and arguably the only, reason people buy things is for their aesthetics. They appear so opulent and elegant that anybody might be drawn to them. However, they are challenging to manage since you want to keep them in the best possible shape while increasing their lifetime. Keep your children, dogs, and anything else that might harm the rug. Apart from that, it's all good!

Shag Synthetic Rugs

As the name would suggest, these rugs are created with chemical synthesis. This also implies that they will be of an inferior grade to natural Fibers. It is not durable and hence has a shorter lifespan. However, it has an advantage over others since it is cheaper to buy than other shag rug varieties. That means you can experiment and take risks without breaking the bank. Not only that, but they are also easy to maintain and clean.


Cleaning your Cozy soft shag Rug

Though these Cozy shaggy things are exceptionally pleasing to the eye and touch, like all lovely things in life, they also regularly require maintenance. Most shag rugs will come with care tags that contain important information about your carpet, such as the kind of material, safety warnings, and recommended maintenance. You can clean Shag rugs in the comfort of your own home rather than dragging your rug down to professional cleaners.


Supplies you will need;

  • Vacuum cleaner (no beater bar; handheld and stand-up)
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Mop/broom
  • Dry carpet shampoo
  • Steam cleaner
  • Dry carpet shampoo



Shag carpets require a thorough vacuuming at least once weekly due to accumulating dirt deep in the lengthy strands. If you have children or dogs, you may need to increase this timetable to a daily routine for shag carpets in high-traffic areas. Once a month, shag carpets that are rarely walked on or relocated can suffice. Adjust your vacuum to the highest pile mode (if appropriate) to avoid damaging the shag rug's high pile. Using a vacuum that does not adapt to different heights might cause suction and maneuverability concerns! Remember, try to use a handheld vacuum or a hand attachment as a standard vacuum con flatten your rug, and we wouldn't want that.

Dry Shampoo

Dry shampooing is another efficient method for cleaning shag rugs. Begin by sprinkling shampoo granules over the top of your carpet. Work the granules into the carpet with the vacuum bristles. For this step, do make sure the vacuum is turned off. After allowing the shampoo to sit for the period specified on the packaging (usually one hour), switch on the vacuum and run it over the rug to remove any signs of granules.

Steam Cleaning

Shag rugs might benefit from a steam cleaning treatment, perhaps up to twice a year, to remove excessive soiling and stains. You can use a shop-rented steamer or one you bought from a retail store or online. You'll need non-foaming carpet soap, hot tap water, and steam cleaner equipment for this procedure. After vacuuming your rug, go over the area again, following the steam cleaner's recommendations. After steaming your shag rug, set a fan nearby to help it dry faster. Because these rugs are incredibly absorbent, it may take several hours (depending on the size of your rug) to completely dry.

Don't forget to take extra care by following the manufacturers' instructions as steam cleaners can damage some materials.


Spot Cleaning Accidental Spills and Stains

Finally, how to clean stains and spills caused by everyday mishaps

Stains are by far the most annoying aspect of carpeted floors or rugs. Especially If you have a pet or children, you understand how difficult it is to maintain your home pristine at all times. Shag rugs are no exception. It is preferable to spot clean your shag rug as soon as something spills. If you leave it alone, it can occasionally develop permanent stains.

To eliminate any extra moisture, press hard on the afflicted region with a kitchen towel. Spray the area with Vinegar or a cleaning solution after that. There are many products on the market suitable for cleaning shag rugs, so always keep one handy and follow the instructions to the T. Alternatively, you can use Vinegar. Most well-known carpet and rug cleaners will require applying the solution or Vinegar to the rug and letting it soak, after which you can gently dab the stain with a napkin and keep repeating the process until it disappears!


We hope this guide has been helpful. Don't let the maintenance deter you from getting a shag rug for your home; They are worth the labour and are a stunning addition to any indoor space. If you are convinced, why not head over and browse our beautiful range of shag rugs today.

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