30 Oct Keepin’ It Funky With Shag Carpeting
Lots of homeowners today don’t remember when shag carpeting was in its heyday. But those of us who owned homes in the ’70s or grew up playing on shag carpets probably have some fond memories of the soft, cushiony flooring.
What shag carpeting lacks in aesthetic appeal, it certainly makes up for in comfort. Shag feels great on bare feet, keeps cool during the summer months and can’t be beat when it comes to making a space feel cozy.
Shag fell out of popularity for a couple of reasons. To begin with, many homeowners found that it was nearly impossible to keep clean and free of dust. The deep pile that makes it so comfortable also acts like a cage for anything you or your family track into the house. Oftentimes even vacuuming won’t do the trick.
Shag also met a cultural backlash. It rose to prominence in such a short time that it quickly became associated with a certain era—namely the mid to late 1970s. Anyone wanting a more modern look couldn’t have shag in the house.
Today, however, shag has made a bit of a resurgence in the home decorating scene. The ’70s are now far enough in the past to be considered “retro” and shag’s stigma is starting to lift.
We also got a lot smarter about how we use shag. Instead of putting down wall-to-wall shag carpeting, most shag you see today comes in the form of area rugs. Shag rugs can make a sparse interior feel a bit more homey without sacrificing a clean, modern look. Shag is no longer just a bedroom flooring, but can also provide a nice space in the living room for kids and pets to play safely.
Shag rugs are also much easier to keep clean than shag carpets. Rugs can be taken outside and shaken free of dirt and debris. And if they do get too dirty, they can be replaced without the hassle of tearing out a carpet.
At Steamer’s Carpet Care, we love to see San Antonio residents still keeping it funky with shag flooring. If your shag carpets or rugs could use a little cleaning, set up an appointment with our professional carpet cleaning technicians today.