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How To Clean A Shag Pile Rug

Shag pile rugs are soft, fluffy, and cosy, but they can also be a challenge to clean. Their long fibres trap dust, dirt, and debris, making them prone to stains and odours.

These types of rugs are possibly the hardest to clean in terms of the effort required.

Here are some tips on how to clean a shag pile rug:

Tips For Shag Pile Rug Cleaning

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Vacuum regularly

Vacuum your shag pile rug regularly to prevent dust and dirt build-up. Use a vacuum cleaner with a rotating brush or a handheld vacuum with a motorized brush attachment.

Start by vacuuming the top layer of the rug, then turn it over and vacuum the back to remove dirt and debris from the base of the fibres.

Shake and beat the rug

Shaking and beating your shag pile rug can help dislodge dust and dirt that is trapped deep in the fibres.

Hang the rug outside, or lay it on a clean surface, and use a broom or a rug beater to gently beat the fibres. Be careful not to damage the fibres or the backing of the rug.

Spot clean stains

If your shag pile rug has stains, it's important to address them as soon as possible to prevent them from setting in.

Blot the stain with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove any excess liquid. Then, use a carpet cleaner specifically designed for shag pile rugs or a mixture of white vinegar and water to clean the stain.

Gently rub the area with a soft-bristled brush, and then blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove any residue.

Deep clean the rug

Every so often, your shag pile rug will need a deep clean to remove deep-seated dirt and odours.

You can hire a professional carpet cleaner or use a carpet cleaning machine designed for shag pile rugs.

Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and use a cleaning solution specifically designed for shag pile rugs.

Allow the rug to dry completely

After cleaning your shag pile rug, it's important to allow it to dry completely to prevent mould and mildew growth. Hang the rug outside or use a fan to circulate air around it. Avoid walking on the rug until it's completely dry.


In conclusion, cleaning a shag pile rug requires regular maintenance and proper cleaning techniques.

Vacuum regularly, shake and beat the rug, spot clean stains, deep clean the rug, and allow the rug to dry completely. With these tips, you can keep your shag pile rug clean and cozy for years to come.

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