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How to Care for Your Shag Area Rug the Right Way! – Prescott Valley AZ

How to Care for Your Shag Area Rug the Right Way! – Prescott Valley AZ

So you purchased a really cool designer shag rug a couple of months ago and now you’re realizing a few things, right?  First thing is that maintenance is a little more complicated than with other area rugs.  Second is that shag rugs are hoarders!  The longer the shag, the more it seems to grab and hide in the depths of its fibers.  Here at Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care in Prescott AZ, we’ve seen just about everything come out of shag rugs from bobby pins, LEGOs, coins – you name it!

How do you possibly care for your shag area rug?

While you can’t really “vacuum” a shag rug, you can usually “dust” with good success.  Gather around all your family members (and maybe a friend or two) and take your rug out to the back yard.  Flip the rug over and shake the rug vigorously until you don’t see anything else falling out of the rug.

By shaking out your rug frequently, you’ll stay on top of the dry soil, which helps preserve your rug’s life in the long-term.  Removing the dry soil BEFORE it makes its way down into the base of those thick fibers helps more than you might think.  Dry soil is abrasive and grinds away at fibers, making the rug “ugly out” before its time and causing permanent fiber damage.

Using a small shop vacuum, run the hose over the fibers carefully.  Take care that the suction isn’t too strong for the fibers, since some shag rugs are more prone to being pulled out of the rug than others.

Yes, shag rugs are high maintenance.  So the best thing you can do for your shag rug is to bring it into us here at Arizona Oriental for a thorough, professional cleaning.   Shag rugs should be cleaned more often than other wool, silk, or synthetic rugs because they are higher maintenance.  While caring for your shag rug can seem like a daunting task, I hope you found these few tips helpful.  If you need more help (or it’s time for a professional rug cleaning), feel free to give us a call or stop by our washing facility!

Till next time, enjoy your beautiful art for your floor and remember a clean rug is a rug that can last you a lifetime!

Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care serves Prescott, Prescott Valley, Sedona, and much of the Northern Arizona areas. We meet the highest standards in professional cleaning of area rugs with rug wash specialists having earned the highest training, including certification as WOOLSAFE FIBRE CARE SPECIALISTS through the WOOLSAFE ORGANISATION. Such extraordinary certification ensures the area rugs of our client’s receive the utmost in care.

Call us for more information on how to care for your shag area rug at 928-445-1718, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). (06-12-17)

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