Rugs can get filthy and tired over time, especially if they are placed in high-traffic spots around your home. Shaggy rugs in particular are very susceptible to trapping dust and dirt due to the nature of their fluffy, shaggy weave.
If you’ve noticed your rug is looking a little worse for wear and could do with a refresh, follow our expert advice below on how to clean a shaggy rug.
How often should you clean your rug? We recommend following this process once every month or so to prevent dirt working its way deep into the weave of the rug and stopping any smells developing.
Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you have the following to hand:
Head outside and give your rug a good shake. If it’s too big to handle this, hang it over a washing line or similar and beat the loose sediment out of it.
If your vacuum has a setting for deep pile carpets, flick this on and give your rug a once over. Switch to your upholstery attachment after, and take some time to run it over the rug in more detail.
This step is optional, but will leave your rug smelling nice and fresh. Get a good quality dry rug shampoo, and following the instructions on the packaging, spray it generously over your rug and work it in with an upholstery brush or the upholstery attachment of your vacuum (with it turned off, of course).
If your rug has never been cleaned, or you’ve bought a second-hand shaggy rug, you might want to clean it more thoroughly.
How often should you deep clean your rug? We would recommend deep cleaning your rug once a year, or when you feel it needs it.
Please note: steam cleaning can damage a rug, make sure you refer to the manufacturer notes of your particular shag rug before proceeding.
Can you wash a shaggy rug in a washing machine?
Unless your shaggy rug is specifically sold as machine-washable, we would advise against it. Washing machines are tough on rug fibres so could cause more damage than good, and being submerged in hot water could cause the rugs fibres to shrink and become matted.
Cleaning your shaggy rug isn’t as hard as you think it might be, and staying on top of cleaning it (alongside any other rugs in your home) will keep your home feeling and smelling nice and fresh.
To recap, here’s what you need to keep in mind when it’s time to clean your shag rug: