When it comes to home decor, nothing can make a space feel cozier and look more luxurious than a shag rug. With its fluffy fibers and soft, teddy bear-like texture, it looks and feels so comfy you’d want to sleep on the floor!
But let’s face it: As chic as shag rugs look, keeping it nice and pristine all the time takes a little bit of commitment—okay, a whole lot! Thank goodness for Ruggable’s washable Shag Rugs!
If you’re in the market for a shag rug but still on the fence about the maintenance part of it, take it from Erika Lauren, lifestyle and interior design blogger and owner of Peony and Honey. Here she talks to us about why she opted for a washable shag rug, how she styled it, as well as her tips on how to keep it clean and fresh longer.
Ruggable: What do you love about shag rugs and why? Is it the look? The feel?
Erika: I love the coziness that a shag rug brings to a space. There’s nothing better than your bare feet on a soft, shag rug! It’s the easiest way to make your home feel warmer and more inviting.
One of the questions people frequently ask me on Instagram is if I miss the feeling of a higher pile rug with my traditional Ruggable rugs. I always say I don’t miss NOT being able to wash my rugs, but yes, I miss the soft, cozy factor of a traditional rug. Now, I don’t have to miss it at all with the addition of these new shag rugs!
What did you not like about your old shag rug?
I feel like my complaint with shag rugs in the past is that you can never get any stains out because the pile is too high to get to the root of the stain.
The Ruggable Shag Rugs are going to be so convenient for people with kids or pets, who could totally benefit from being able to throw them in the wash! I thought it was genius and immediately wanted one!
What do you usually look for when shopping for shag rugs?
First and foremost, it has to be soft. I also look for something that’s going to withstand a little wear and tear as I have three cats and a husband that spills hot sauce on everything! LOL
We saw that you picked the Polar White Shag Rug. How did that complement the rest of your home decor?
I call my home decor style “farmhemian century modern” because I cannot be confined to one design style—I love too many things! The shag rug gives me another way to add texture in my boffice (beauty room/office), which helps create a cozy vibe for me to work in! This space in our home is just for me, so I’ve made it my little sanctuary!
Any tips on how to style a shag rug?
In styling ANY rug, you need to make sure it works with the size of your space and your furniture. You also always want to have the front legs of all of your furniture on top of the rug.
For those who are worried about keeping their shag rugs clean, what advice can you give them?
I think the biggest mistake people make when cleaning any rug is that they use a spray cleaner on the rug and immediately start scrubbing it aggressively. I mean, we’ve all been there, putting some serious elbow grease into a stain that just won’t budge.
Next time something spills on your rug, try this technique:
Step 1: Apply cold water first to just the area of the stain.
Step 2: Spray some cleaning product on the stained area of the rug and let it sit for half an hour or so.
Step 3: Wipe the area to get the stain out.
Step 4: If you have the Ruggable Shag Rug, feel free to skip the first three steps and toss it in the washer.