How to Clean Shag Carpeting

Written by Posted On Thursday, 03 October 2019 12:02

Once the biggest bits have been shaken off you can hang your rug so that you can give it a good old fashioned beating. If you hang it so that you are hitting the back of the rug this will prevent any damage. When you beat it you will get a lot of dust and other dirt particles out from deep within the strands. When this is done you can run a vacuum cleaner over it to get rid of any remaining dirt particles that have not already come out.

Thick, dense shag is a perfect repository for grit and grime and is also a perfect hiding and breeding place for those microbes and creeping crawling critters that is often tracked into our homes on the bottom of our shoes. It is also easier for dirt and soils and any other kind of stain to build upon the long fibers and eventually migrate down to the shag carpet backing.

It is therefore essential that shag carpet should be vacuumed often, and cleaned regularly. Be careful with the vacuuming though. Some types of household vacuum cleaners could snag the long fibers and cause the carpet to get torn. Always follow the carpet manufacturer’s recommendation about the type of vacuum cleaner that may be used on your carpet or you could void the warranty.

Periodic, light, maintenance cleaning should be done two to four times per year, depending on the traffic in your home, but deep cleaning must be done at least once per year, even if the carpet appears to be clean. This is not only for health reasons, but also to preserve the life of the carpet, since abrasive dirt particles residing among the carpet fibers could lead to excessive wear over time.

Household vacuums are not powerful enough to lift all the detritus from the bottom of the carpet pile, so for proper deep cleaning, you will need to call in a professional who will use a powerful truck-mounted vacuum system. A good professional carpet cleaner will have the knowledge and experience that is necessary to do a competent cleaning job on your vacuum for shag carpet.

The carpet must first be vacuumed thoroughly, and then raked with a carpet groomer. Incidentally, if you have a shag carpet in your home, it is advisable that you also have a carpet groomer, to rake your carpet each time before you vacuum. You will be amazed at what you might see coming up out of your carpet. You may find a groomer at any good janitorial supply store.

The next step is to remove all apparent spots and stains. If you know what the stain is, you may remove it with an appropriate solvent. Nonetheless, be advised that it is much more difficult to remove stain from plush pile carpets.

Then an emulsifier is applied to the carpet to loosen the dirt. The carpet should then be raked again in order to distribute the solvent evenly on all sides of the fibers.

After an appropriate dwell time, the carpet is rinsed with hot softened water, and the dirty solution extracted and the carpet partially dried with the powerful vacuum system.

Buying the right rug can really bring together a whole room or it can add a centerpiece to an otherwise plain room. If you spend the time looking for the best option for you then you should also take the time to look after it. A shaggy rug can often hide a lot of the dirt and bits that can get stuck on it due to the long length of its strands. For this reason, it is best to take it outside to give it a proper shakedown. Doing this will get rid of the majority of crumbs and random bits that have landed in the fibers.

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