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Leather shag rugs are versatile and stylish additions to almost any home or office décor. They come in multiple colors and bring a contemporary touch that is complementary to various design ideas. The rich leather pile creates luxurious texture and adds an understated sophistication, making these shags the perfect accent to a room. Best of all, leather shag rugs are durable and are easy to maintain at home between professional cleanings.
Leather rugs are relatively simple to keep clean and dust free. In fact, weekly cleaning is important so grit and debris deep within the pile do not scratch the leather and thus damage the rug. To keep leather rugs clean at home, it is best to shake them out on a regular basis. Dust particles and small fragments lodged within the pile can be removed by shaking out the rug, as the strands of leather are nicely spaced apart.
Another effective method of dust and debris removal is spot vacuuming a leather shag rug with the upholstery attachment of a vacuum cleaner. Spot vacuuming, rather than beater bar or roller bar vacuuming, will prevent catching and pulling the leather strands in the vacuum, and thus prevent damaging this type of shag rug. However, if either of the above dust and or debris removal treatments are not sufficient to clean the rug, professional cleaners should be consulted.
Although taking care of leather shag rugs is easy enough by shaking them out or spot vacuuming regularly, deep cleaning at home should be approached carefully due to possible damage to the leather from harsh detergents and chemicals. Leather is a natural material that can easily discolor or stain with use of harsh or inappropriate cleaners. For stain removal, or deep cleaning needs, contacting a local rug cleaner with specific hands-on experience cleaning this type of rug is optimal.
For those who prefer to attempt leather rug cleaning at home, it is advisable to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Moreover, it is best not to clean rugs on carpet or wood flooring due to potential color bleeds. Below are general instructions for leather rug cleaning.
Some leather rugs can be cleaned with a mixture of mild soap and water. If the manufacturer advises against washing with soap and water, then foam leather cleaners can be used according to directions. In either case, use a clean kitchen towel and dip it in the soapy solution or in the foam cleanser. Then gently rub it against the stain. Make sure you do not saturate the rug with too much soapy water or apply too much foam due to possible color bleeds as well as abrasions to the leather from the cleaner used. In fact, you can use a clean damp towel to gently wipe and remove any remaining soap or foam residue. This step can be repeated until you are satisfied that no residue remains. Next, use a few clean, dry towels to soak up any remaining moisture by blotting the rug. Avoid stepping on the cleaned area until the rug is completely air-dried.