Shag rugs are a type of rug made of long pile which has a shaggy appearance, hence the name. Rugs are usually manufactured by making loops out of material and then shearing the excess. Shag rugs are not sheared, leaving long pieces of material to create a lush, soft, fluffy look. Shag rugs can be very attractive but the plush fibers make it a bit more cumbersome to clean than other types of rugs. Here are some tips to cleaning your shag rugs. You need to clean your rug frequently. This way the dirt does not have a chance to stick around and get caked in. You should get in the habit of vacuuming your shag rug about once a week. In high traffic areas consider doing it twice a week or whenever needed. Get in the habit of shaking out your shag rug frequently. If possible take your rug outside and beat it. You will get an amazing amount of dirt and dust out of it. This will also fluff up your rug and reduce the risk of matting. Wet any stains with water and use a dabble of bleach free detergent. Use a brush to gets some suds going on the stain. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wash off the detergent with cold water.
You can use detergent on more than just stains. You can also use it for a maintenance cleaning. Grab your shag rugs and stick in a bathtub of water and laundry detergent. Scrub the rugs with a brush and get it sudsy. Do not scrub too hard as you might damage the rugs. Turn the shower on to rinse the detergent off. Roll the rugs and squeeze out the excess water. Hang it for a few hours to dry.