Shag carpet have a deep pile that feels luxurious and looks amazing. Shag-style rugs add flair to any room, whether installed as wall-to-wall carpeting or featured as an area rug. Today's modern shag carpet is available typically in three lengths: long, short (about half the length of long) and mini, which measures just slightly longer than a standard pile carpet. To keep shag rugs looker newer longer, it's important to follow a few care tips from our ServiceMaster Clean carpet experts.
Shag Carpet Care
Like any other type of carpeting, shag accumulates dirt, dust, pet dander and particulates from daily usage. Because shag-style features a longer and looser pile, the fibers need special care to help minimize damage. Regular vacuuming is needed to reduce dirt build-up that can dull and fray the longer fibers found in a shag carpet. A carpet rake used daily can help refresh the shag carpet's look and reduce fiber matting.
Vacuuming Shag Carpets
Any rug that sees high traffic daily, especially usage that includes pets and kids, can benefit from daily vacuuming. However, a long-style shag rug or frieze carpet does need a different vacuuming technique than a Berber or looped pile carpet does. Use the following vacuuming tips:
- For long shag, turn the vacuum's beater bar off to keep from pulling and loosening the fibers
- Use the high pile setting for short and mini shag styles
- Flip over area shag rugs and vacuum the underside to remove more dirt without pulling any fibers
Note: The high pile setting on the vacuum can help the vacuum head glide smoother and easier across the carpeting, reducing the risk of snagging the fibers and creating fray. If not vacuuming daily, vacuum shag rugs at least weekly or twice a week to help the carpeting look its best in between cleanings.
How to Clean Shag Carpet
Blot any spills immediately with a clean rag, trying to minimize the amount of liquid that soaks into the fibers. Never rub at the stain, only blot. This helps reduce fraying. If using any spot treatment, follow the manufacturer guidelines. Deep clean shag or frieze rug styles at least every year or more often based on use and traffic. Although you may be tempted to try out a new technique you found online, follow the manufacturer recommendations for cleaning. If the shag rug is small and the label indicated that it can be machine washed, (and it fits your washer) you may machine wash it and allow the rug to air dry completely. For larger shag rugs and wall-to-wall shag carpeting, let the professionals handle the job. Our ServiceMaster Clean carpet cleaning teams combine their expertise with advanced technologies and high-quality products to properly clean any style of shag or frieze carpeting.