How to Clean a Shag Rug the Smart Way, With Just a Vacuum Cleaner
Did you fall into the propaganda of buying a shag rug? They look so nice; they feel so good under your feet. But, let’s be honest, they are a pain in your foot to clean. Do you want to know how to clean a shag rug and get the most dirt out of it?
You could always take your rug outside and hit it with a baseball bat until all the dirt stops falling out. But, as much fun as that sounds, it’s not always an option, depending on the weather and where you live. So I’m going to share the best way to clean a shag rug and get all the dirt out of the shag rug.
I love my shag rug because it's soft for my kids to play on, and it looks nice, but it's a black hole for dirt. Dirt gets lost in it, like a baby sock gets lost in the dryer; I know it’s going to be lurking somewhere, even if I can’t see it. Here’s the secret for how to clean your shag rug that you love.
1. Vacuum the rug
Start by doing a quick vacuum over the top of the rug.
2. Flip the rug
Once you’ve vacuumed the top of the shag rug, flip your carpet over. Now that that is flipped over, move your carpet aside and check out all the dirt. Then, sweep up all the dust and dirt that’s fallen out of your carpet.
Here’s a close up of the dust and dirt in my shag rug. Sweeping it all up is satisfying to me. Had I not turned it over, all the dirt would still be chillin like a villain in my carpet. Not today, dirt. Not today.
3. Vacuum the bottom
Vacuum the carpet while it’s flipped upside down. Vacuuming underneath will suck up all the dirt that’s made its way to the bottom of your rug, past the carpet strands.
You can literally hear the dirt being sucked up. It’s music to my ears. People say that getting new appliances is exciting as an adult, but I'm here getting excited about the best way to clean a shag rug.
4. Flip it over again and give it that final touch
I finished with another sweep-up, and then another top vacuum, for maximum softness and to get those satisfying vacuum lines.
How to clean a shag rug
The only problem that this doesn’t fix is getting out those stickers that get stuck to the strands of the rug. I haven’t found a solution for that yet. My daughters are borderline obsessed with stickers and I find them all over my house. But, this is the best way to clean a shag rug as thoroughly as possible.
What frustrates you to clean? Leave a comment and let us know.