How to clean shag pile rugs?

clean shag pile rugs

Shag pile rugs are luxurious and look wonderful in homes; however they can be very difficult to keep clean. Because of their long fibres, they can attract dirt and dust, and you will need to ensure that you clean them correctly. Before you purchase your shag pile rug, consider the steps that you will need to take to care for that rug and keep it clean. If you are going to introduce a shag pile rug into your home, you will need to be prepared to clean it correctly.

Address stains immediately

If you spill food or grime onto a shag pile carpet, then you will need to clean it immediately. Try scrapping off the excess foods so that they do not immerse further into the carpet and cause long-term stains. You will then need to dab off the excess liquid with a sponge or paper towel. Avoid scrubbing or rubbing the stain as this could cause it to spread even further. In some shagpile carpets, you may need to address each of the thick fibres individually, to rid each one of the stain.

Use appropriate detergents to clean shag pile rugs

When you clean shag pile rugs, ensure that you use a quality detergent that is made for this exact purpose. If you use a detergent that is too harsh or that isn’t suited to rugs, then you may actually cause greater damage. Even though you might have good intentions, a poor quality or inappropriate cleaning solution could stain or destroy the long fibres of your shag pile rug.

Shake out your rug

Depending on the size of your shag pile rug, you can try shaking it outside. This will unlock the dust and dirt that has settled deep within the fibres, and the movement should let it all fall out onto the ground. Even, if your rug has not suffered any major spills or collected a lot of dirt, you should do this regularly to prevent the dirt from building up over time. Add the task of shaking out your shag pile rug to your weekly cleaning routine.

If your rug is too large, you may be able to shake sections of it out inside, if you have a hard floor that allows the mess to be swept up. You can also use a broom or a paddle to assist you in the process of dislodging the dirt.

Professional carpet cleaners

There are many reasons to employ the services of professional carpet cleaners, for both carpets and rugs. They not only have professional equipment and products to use on your rugs, but they have the industry experience and knowledge that you will require to achieve maximum results.

Professional carpet cleaners will be experienced with a diverse range of carpets and rugs, including clean shag pile rugs. They will be able to select the best treatment solution for your own unique rugs, taking into consideration their materials, condition and quality. Even though hiring professionals may be more expensive than cleaning your rugs yourself, the outcome will be much more positive and you will benefit greatly from the investment.


Rug Size Guide

This Rug Size Guide summary is developed by RugSpot to help you choose the right rug.

How Do I choose the right Size?

The size of the rug will depend on the room and the way you’d like to set it.

Living Room – Consider the rug in relation to the furniture around it as it will affect what parts of the rug you will be able see. There are three to fit a rug in a room.

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Dining Room – For dining room you’d want to have the rug that covers the table and the chairs.  The rug needs to be big enough so that the chairs are pulled in and out on the rug. To do this you need to measure the length and width of the table.

Next pull out a chair as if you are going to sit on it and measure the distance between the back of the chair and the table.  Double up this distance and add it to both length and width of the table to get an approximate size for the rug you’ll need.


Dining Table –  Length 2.00 Meter, Width 1.0 Meter

Chair and the distance allowed for sitting on it, say 0.75 Meter

 Approx Rug –    Length 2.00+2 x0.75 = 3.50 Meters, Width 1.0+0.75×2 = 2.50 Metres

 Tip: If your rug is too narrow or too short, chairs legs will fall off the rug and you’ll have difficulty pushing the chair back towards the table. Repeating this may also scratch your floor.

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Bedroom – There are three room setting

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Below are the approximate rug sizes and with potential room settings.

Dimensions (Cm)     Size                     Suitable Area

120 x 170 Cm                   Small                   Coffee table, children room, Entry area

160 x 230                          Medium             2-3 Seater Sofa

200 x 290                         Large                   3 Seater Sofa, or 4-6 seater dining table

240×330                           X Large               2 x 3 Seater Sofa or 8 seater dining table

380×390                           XX Large           Large Rooms, 10-12 seater dining table

80 x 300                           Short Runner   Short Hallway

80x 400                            Med. Runner    Medium Hallway

80x by Meter                   Long Runner    Very long Hallway See Runners Guide