Can you vacuum a shag pile rug? Isn’t it harmful to your long pile carpet? Well, yes, you can clean shag pile rugs; you just need to know the right way to do it safely without causing any harm.
Shag pile carpets are usually hard to clean. Cleaning a shag rug can take much longer than any other type of carpet. The main problem is that your carpet threads can get tangled in the brush of the vacuum cleaner. In the worst-case scenario, you may need to cut off the tangle and completely ruin the rug. If you are lucky, then the knot may come out by pulling some of the threads, often leaving a bad mark on the loosened fibers.
So, can you vacuum shag pile rugs? Yes, I prefer cleaning them with a vacuum cleaner more regularly than a standard ‘smooth’ carpet. I know many of you have heard people say, “you can’t vacuum a shag pile rug.” Or, ‘you can’t clean a shag rug yourself, call a professional’!
That would cost you more than buying a new one!
Under regular use, a shag rug needs to be washed & cleaned at least once a year properly. If you vacuum it regularly, you can extend that up to three years without the heavy cleaning. Besides that, vacuuming a shag pile carpet is a comparatively easy job as opposed to other ways of cleaning. Overall, you’ll save a lot of time, effort, and money if you vacuum your rug regularly.
Shag pile rugs can grab more dirt than you can think. It catches small amounts of dirt and germs every time there is foot traffic, not to mention if you have pets. Pet hair can be hiding in between the threads of fibers, making it impossible to clean. Even if you can’t see all of the dirt, it can be very unhealthy to use. So, regular cleaning of a shag pile rug is a must.
Before cleaning a shag rug, just take some time to read how to do it properly. It will help you prevent causing any harm to your carpet and, more importantly, to your vacuum cleaner.