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How to Make a Shaggy Rug Fluffy Again (In Just 5 Simple Steps)

We get it…

You’ve had your incredible shaggy rug for a little while now. It’s starting to become a little dated and you are noticing flat spots on the rug, making it a shadow of how it looked when you first purchased it.

It’s a horrid feeling.

Luckily for you, there are certain things you can do that won’t cost you much (if any) money and are incredibly simple to do.

In this article, we are going to give you six simple steps to making your shaggy rug fluffy again.

Let’s get into it!

Vacuum Your Shaggy Rug

If you have noticed that, over time, your shaggy rug has become a little flat and lifeless, there is good news! Sometimes just vacuuming the rug is enough to bring it back to life.

Many people are often opposed to vacuuming a shaggy rug as they think it will pull the fibres off the rug over time. Whilst this is a valid concern, when you vacuum your shaggy rug correctly, there is actually very little to worry about.

Be sure to go over the shaggy rug gently and ensure you are not using a beater bar attachment on your vacuum. After a couple of attempts, your shaggy rug should be given that new lease of life it so craves.

Simple Spot Cleaning

If vacuuming your shaggy rug does not succeed in making it fluffy again, please do not fret as there are other things you can try!

You may find success with simply spot cleaning the areas of your rug that are particularly dirty and unloved. Simply scrub (gently) the impacted areas of your shaggy rug with some white vinegar and hot water for a few short minutes. Over this short amount of time, you will find that not only hard to remove grime is gone but also areas of your shaggy rug will have become tangle free, therefore restoring their beautiful long pile.

When it comes to shaggy rug maintenance, ensuring your shaggy rug stays fluffy for as long as possible often comes down to simple maintenance.

Iron your Shaggy Rug

If there are areas of your shaggy rug that look flat and lifeless, did you know you can often correct this with a simple iron?

Yes, that’s right.

Simply grab yourself a damp towel and lay it over any flat areas of your shaggy rug. Let this towel lie over the rug for a minute or two to give your shaggy rug chance to absorb some of the moisture.

Now you’re ready to iron.

Heat up your iron for about a minute and iron over the towel for around 15 seconds. Leave the towel in place to dry. Once the towel is completely, 100% dry, remove teh towel and run over the area of the rug with your fingers. This will free up any tangle fibres and allow them to stand tall again.

Expert Comment

Please do not place an iron directly over the rug. Always ensure there is a towel placed on the shaggy rug first. This is absolutely crucial to avoid damaging the rug.

Ice, Ice Baby

Did you know you can use ice to free up tangles and flat areas on your shaggy rug? No? Well, now you do!

If you notice any flat and matted areas of your shaggy rug, simply place a cube of ice on all of the impacted areas, then leave them to melt. Once the ice cubes have completely melted, wait for the areas to dry and then rub (gently) over the rug with your hand and fingers to un-stick the fibres.

That’s right, you can make your shaggy rug fluffy again using just ice! Brilliant, right?

Invest in a Rug Beater (From £10)

If your shaggy rug has become very flat and lifeless, you may find it impossible to bring it back to its former glory with the simple steps listed above. If this is the case, we recommend you invest in a separate hand tool known as a rug beater that can really help to fluff your shaggy rug back up!

These simple hand tools are usually found for around £10 and you can purchase from most major online retailers including eBay and Amazon.

Still Flat? Now Might be the Time for a New Shaggy Rug!

If you have tried all of our suggestions above and you are still faced with a flat, lifeless shaggy rug, it may be time to say “out with the old, in with the new” and invest in a new shaggy rug for your home.

We have an incredible collection of shaggy rugs available for purchase, with most available within 5 working days for delivery! Get 10% off now, with a discount applied automatically at checkout!

There you have it, our simple guide on how to make a shaggy rug fluffy again! We hope you find it useful and, more importantly, it helps you to revive that shaggy rug you’ve grown to love so much.

  • Posted On: 25 October 2022

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