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​​​​​​​The Absolute BEST WAY to Clean Your Shag Area Rug!

The Absolute BEST WAY to Clean Your Shag Area Rug!

Hi folks, Ruthie with Arizona Oriental & Specialty Rug Care here once again in beautiful Prescott, AZ!  I wanted to take a moment and talk about a kind of rug that comes in lots of different styles but come pretty standard with some cleaning difficulties: shag rugs!  If you own one of these lovely rugs, you know as well as I do that shag rugs tend to come with extra cleaning responsibilities, especially since they seem to hoard just about everything that falls into their fibers!

Besides rolling your shag area rug up and bringing it in to us here at Arizona Oriental, there is one thing that you can do to make sure you stay on top of it trying to hoard everything.  By the way, keep in mind that shag rugs require professional cleanings more often than regular rugs.  Simply put, they’re definitely one of the more high-maintenance area rugs!

You should avoid using a regular vacuum on your shag rug - doing so may pull out the fibers.

Instead, you can “dust” your rug with pretty great success.  Just gather around your family (and maybe a friend or two if you need) and take your rug out to the backyard to shake it out vigorously.  This helps to dislodge whatever it is that your rug has managed to get its fibers on. You won’t get rid of everything in your rug, but it will take care of the majority of it!  Keep shaking until you aren’t getting anything else out of the rug.

After you shake your rug out, you can turn the rug face up and use the hose of a shop vac or the upholstery tool attachment of your regular vacuum and go over the surface of your rug.  Be careful that the suction isn’t too high for your rug’s fibers because some rugs have looser fibers than others and may get pulled out easier.

For sheepskin rugs, a dog grooming brush with a wide tooth can help as well.  DO NOT USE THIS METHOD IF YOU HAVE A RUG WITH SILKY, SYNTHETIC FIBERS! You may accidentally damage the fibers.

With frequent dustings and professional cleanings with us here at Arizona Oriental, you can stay on top of your shag rug’s care and keep it looking beautiful longer!

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, Flagstaff, 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 our client’s area rugs receive the highest quality care.

Have more questions about the best way to vacuum YOUR area rug?  Give us a call at 928-445-1718 and get a free cleaning estimate, visit our website at, or stop by Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at our rug washing facility at 565 EZ Street, Prescott, AZ 86301 (pick-up and delivery also available). 9-19-2018

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