Shag rugs are the essence of cozy comfort. They are soft, inviting, and look amazing. Shag rugs fit into most decor and are available in many sizes, shapes, and colors. Of course, shag rugs are used on the floor, but these fuzzy decorator items are also placed on beds and furniture. They make attractive accent pieces for every room in the house.
There are many things to consider before purchasing a shag rug. Whether looking to buy a pink fluffy rug for a girl’s bedroom or an orange shag rug for a mid-century look, be sure to ask a few questions first.
Shag rugs are basically plush area rugs with a fuzzy look and feel. They are made out of various fibers including wool, cotton, synthetic materials, and even animal hair. Shag rugs have deep piles and long strands that are soft to the touch. They are the height of luxury.
Today’s shag rugs are a lot different from the ones that were so popular in the 1960’s and 70’s. Stores still sell avocado-green shag rugs, but they also carry other colors such as neutral creams, teals, soft blues, and pastels. Even finding a black shag rug in today’s market is fairly easy.
Back in the 1970’s, shag carpet was installed everywhere, from modern homes and apartments to nightclubs and disco ballrooms. After a few months of hard use, the shag often became a flat, sticky mess. Professional cleaning companies made a killing, sucking up spilt drinks and cocktails!
Today’s shag rugs are often designed to repel dirt and grime. Usually, a good vacuum will do the job of cleaning a shag rug. If not, small shag rugs can be taken outdoors and hung in the sunshine for a few hours to freshen them up. They can also be shaken out. This will get rid of a lot of dirt and other particles that can accumulate between the fibers.
If they are not too big, most shag rugs made of cotton or synthetic fibers can be washed in a washing machine or tub. If using a machine, set it to a delicate cycle. Use a gentle soap or mild detergent. Do not wring out or twist the rug.
Hang the wet rug for a couple of hours to drip-dry and then fluff it in an electric dryer on the lowest heat setting. Please note that before washing any rug, it is always best to test an area first to see if colors bleed. You will also want to make sure that the fibers can stand up to the water and soap that you are using. Make sure that the rug is washable before it gets wet!
Many shag rugs can also be steamed-cleaned. This is a good option for rugs that are too big to be washed by hand or in a washing machine. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations when cleaning any rug.
Vacuum your shag rug often so that the fibers stay free from dust and dirt build-up. Never use a beater bar vacuum on a shag rug or it might do irreparable damage. Do not pull at loose threads or yarns! Instead, cut them off with a pair of sharp scissors. Spills should be removed promptly with a little vinegar and water so that stains don’t set.
It is always best to keep rugs out of direct sunlight if at all possible. You do not want the colors to fade. Also, do not put your shag rug over a heating vent.
Shag rugs are soft to walk on. They are fashionable and make any room look cozy. They come in many sizes and shapes, including squares and rectangles. You can also find round shag rugs if that is what you need. Quality shag rugs will last a lifetime and are a good investment.
You will want a shag rug in front of every fireplace in your home (just be sure to keep it at a safe distance). What could be more romantic on a cold winter’s evening than sitting on your new shag rug in front of a roaring fire? Add a few pillows, a bottle of wine, and snuggle up to your favorite person or fur baby. May your new fluffy rug give you many years of pleasure!For more information about area rugs, including rug construction, styles, care, and rug placement tips, read LuxeDecor's comprehensive Rug Buying Buying Guide.