Shag carpeting is an extremely comfortable carpeting option that is made out of long, thick strands of carpeting material. This provides a thick layer of material to keep your home and feet warm, but also provides an extremely easy surface for debris and dirt to get stuck in. If not properly cleaned, shag carpeting can take on an ugly, dirty color and become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Thankfully, you can easily clean shag carpeting in a few easy steps.
What You'll Need
Before you get started, you should gather all of your tools and materials together so that the cleaning process is as smooth and simple as possible.
You'll need vinegar, a lint-free rag, a broom handle, and a vacuum cleaner. All of these items can be found at most hardware stores if you don't already have them at home.
Cleaning Shag Carpeting
First, combine a mixture of half vinegar and half warm water, and apply it liberally to the carpet. You can pour the mixture on directly, or use the rag to spread it over the entirety of the carpet. Ideally, the entire carpet should be fairly wet.
For specific areas that are particularly dirty or stained, use the lint-free rag to scrub them until they begin to clean up. The vinegar will help remove stains while also killing bacteria, reducing the smell of the carpet itself.
To prevent your carpet from holding on to the smell of vinegar (which should already be diluted by the water in the mixture), you can use a spray bottle or pour water directly onto the shag carpet to rinse it after cleaning it, but this is a completely optional step to take.
Then, leave the carpet in a well ventilated area to air dry. Once it's done drying, use the broom handle to beat the carpet. Doing so will reduce any dirt particles that have become stuck extremely deep in the carpet fibers.
After beating the carpet, you can then vacuum it. Avoid vacuuming the shag side of the carpet, as this can cause damage to the carpet fibers and ruin the appearance of your carpet. Instead, flip the carpet over, and vacuum the pad of your carpet to remove any dirt that may remain. As an added benefit, this will help restore volume to your shag carpet fibers, which may have become flattened or beaten down with time.
For more tips and advice, contact a carpet company in your area.