How to Clean a Shag Rug the Right Way

Trends tend to circle around and become fashionable again. Shag rugs, which were popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, are making a comeback.

Shag rugs are versatile and can spruce up any space. They bring a cozy feeling to a roomand pleasure to your feet. However, they do need a bit of extra care.

Types of Shag Rugs

Types of Shag Rugs

Before we get into cleaning shag rugs, we need to learn a bit more about the different varieties.


nuLOOM Alexis Greek Flokati Shag Rug

Chances are this is what you think of when you hear shag rug.It’ssimilar to a sheepdog’s fur and is the fluffiest type. While made of wool, this doesn’t fall under the wool category.It usually comes from Greece in a white or cream color, though it may come in other colors.


Safavieh Leather Shag Collection LSG601G Hand

Leather shag rugs are unique, striking, and delicate, and need to be handled with care.


Minimalist Modern Indoor Shag Area Rug

There are numerous ways wool shag rugs are put together.Some are fashioned in a noodle design, while others areshaggier.


Safavieh Milan Shag Collection SG180

Synthetic shag rugs will likely help you save money, and perhaps makethem easier to clean, but you won’t get the quality or lifespan you would from other shag rugs.

Regular Upkeep of a Shag Rug

You should have a regular cleaning schedule for your shag carpeting to keep it looking its best and increase its lifespan.

Shake Daily

Shake your shag rug daily to get rid of any large particles, such as rocks, and prevent items from tearing into the piles. However, larger rugs will need the help of a beater.

Vacuum Once or Twice Weekly

Vacuum Once or Twice Weekly

It’s recommended that you use a vacuum cleaner for your shag rug once or twice weekly to keep up with daily wear and tear. Many experts suggest leavingyourbeater bar on as it can help keep the fibers fluffy and presentable. However, turn off the beater bar if you notice shedding on your rug.

Don’t forget to use a vacuum cleaner on both sides of the rug so that you canremove all of the dirt and debris out of the mat. If your rug’s label instructions allow for it, use a rake or upholstery vacuuming attachment to provide a little extra grooming.

Shampoo Monthly

Most shag rugs can be shampooed, but be sure to check the label. If your rug has to stay away from moisture, there’s acarpet dry shampoo alternative that you should be able to use.

To get the most of your shampooing:

  • Start with a good vacuuming to ensure that you get all of the dirt and debris out of the rug.
  • Get a container with lukewarm water and add the amount of carpet shampoo as directed on the bottle.
  • Soak your rug well so that it releases all of the grime.
  • Rinse thoroughly with cold water once you remove the rug from the container.
  • Remove as much water as possible and leave to airdry.

Other Cleaning of Shag Rugs

What happens if you have a spill or an old stain? There’s still more cleaning to do.

Spot Cleaning

You’ll probably use this method often as it works best for wet spills. Grab your cleaning kit, which should contain paper towels, a soft brush, mild detergent, and water, and head for the spot.

  • Press and blot the spot with paper towel to absorb as much liquid as you can. Be careful to not rub the stain into the rug.
  • You may need to add some water to what’s already on the floor if it’s a concentrated color that’s hard to come out.
  • Make a mild solution with the detergent and water and dip the brush in.
  • Once you’ve absorbed as much liquid as you can, gently scrub the affected area in small circular motions until the stain fades.
  • Flush the area with plain water to get rid of the detergent.

Dry Bath Method for Dry Stains

Capture Carpet Dry Cleaner Powder with Brush

If your stains have already absorbed into your rug’s fibers, try the dry bath method.

  • Vacuum to pick up any loose dirt and debris.
  • Sprinkle the rug with dry carpet shampoo.
  • Gently rub the shampoo into the affected area with a brush.
  • Allow the shampoo to soak into the rug, per the bottle’s instructions.
  • Vacuum the rug once the time is up.

You can also get carpets steam cleaned and professionally cleaned, but those options are less likely to occur with a shag rug.

Cleaning a Shag Rug, the Right Way

Properly cleaning a shag rug depends on what type you have and what kind of cleanup you’re looking for. Although there’s no one answer, we hope we were able to cover all of your bases.