How to Clean a Shag Rug the Smart Way, With Just a Vacuum Cleaner

Brittany | Simply This
by Brittany | Simply This

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?

Shag rug

Hitting the rug with a baseball bat to clean 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.

Vacuuming the rug

1. Vacuum the rug

Start by doing a quick vacuum over the top of the rug.

Flipping the shag 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.

Sweeping up the dirt under the rug

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.

Vacuuming the bottom of the rug

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.

How 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.

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  • Dia72622627 Dia72622627 on Nov 15, 2022

    I have a shake rug but it’s permanent it stays there it had it with the house when I bought it how do I clean my shake rug that I can’t turn over? Plus I have a huge dog lab golden so you can’t see the hair on the shag carpet but it’s there and I have shag rug in every one of my rooms except for the kitchen and the bathrooms. So I guess I would have to have a professional come in right and get it cleaned?