Shag carpets are a type of rug that is thick with a deep pile, having the appearance of being shaggy which is where the name came from. In the 1970’s this type of carpeting was quite popular but it fell out of favor in the years after. Recently however, shag or very high pile carpet has become popular again with homeowners as it is very soft to the touch. Walking on it with bare feet is a complete joy and even though newer style shag carpeting can have a lower pile it is still typically higher in density. This can present problems when it comes time for cleaning or vacuuming. Dust mites and small dirt particles can easily hide way down in the fibers so you need the right vacuum or more specifically attachment to pull them up.
Since a shag rug is very thick with long fibers you don’t typically want to use regular upright vacuums with high spinning brushes. This sounds counter-intuitive since you would think the brushes would agitate the dust mites so they could be pulled up. However, a brush will quickly tangle with the fibers and either ruin your vacuum cleaner, your rug, or both. This is not ideal.
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