How to Maintain Your Shag Area Rug
Once considered a relic of the 1970s, shag rugs have made a huge comeback in the 2020s. These high-pile rugs create visual interest in any room, and we all love the feeling of walking barefoot on that thick shag. While shag area rugs are a hot ticket right now, many people struggle with cleaning and maintaining them. If you want to keep your shag area rug looking as fresh as the day you bought it, the rug care experts at JMS Enterprises have some tips for you.
Shake It Out!
Sometimes, the old-fashioned methods work the best. The first step in your shag rug care routine should be to take it outside and give it a good shake. This will get rid of large particles and trapped dirt that can abrade the rug’s backing material and cause the fibers to fall out. It will also make your next step much easier.
You can effectively use your standard vacuum cleaner on a shag area rug, but we suggest changing out the standard carpet attachment for an upholstery brush. The beater bar on your vacuum’s carpet attachment can pull on those long shag fibers, causing damage. Your upholstery brush will be much gentler, and although it will take some time, the results will be well worth the effort.
Spot Treat Stains
Because of their high pile, shag rugs tend to soak up anything you spill on them. You can use a commercial rug cleaning solution to remove them, or you can try diluting a few drops of dish liquid in a cup of water. Dab any stains with a towel soaked in your cleaning solution, then rinse with clean water and blot the area with a clean, dry towel. When you’re done, hang it up to dry so it won’t get musty. Once it is dry, you can fluff the pile so it blends in with the rest of the rug.
Get Your Rug Professionally Cleaned
At JMS Enterprises, we caution shag area rug owners against trying to clean them with a rental carpet shampooer. Carpet cleaning machines can easily abrade and damage your shag rug until it looks even worse than it did when you started. For best results, we recommend leaving your shag rug’s deep cleaning to the professionals.
If you live in Montgomery County, PA, and surrounding areas, our team will be happy to professionally clean your shag area rug and get it looking brand new again. We will come to your home or business, remove any area rugs you want cleaned, and take them back to our WoolSafe®-approved Rug Salon. There, we will use specialized steam cleaning equipment to gently clean your area rugs and remove stains. Then we hang them up to rapidly dry, and fluff them, and we may even be able to repair any existing damage. When we’re finished, we will bring your rugs back to your home and reinstall them wherever you would like.
Call (215) 706-0188 to find out more about our rug cleaning services in Blue Bell and nearby communities, or to ask about our other professional cleaning services like air duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, and more.