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How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner for Shag Carpet?

When it comes to carpets, the shaggier the better. Yes, I’m one of those people. I mean, who doesn’t love a comfy and cozy floor. But even a shag carpet enthusiast such as myself has to agree that cleaning them is a nightmare.

Don’t worry. There is no reason for you to be intimidated. Buying the right vacuum can make owning and cleaning shag carpets loads easier.

But how to choose a vacuum cleaner for shag carpet? – you might be wondering. Well, in this article we’re going to talk about just that.

There are few key things you should keep in mind for buying the best vacuum for shag carpets. And here they are –

Vacuum type

When searching for vacuum cleaners you’ll come across two types. The standard upright push vacuums and the compact carrier vacuums.

They both have their advantages and disadvantages. So, it just boils down to personal preference. Upright vacuums have more suction power and their heads usually cover a larger area making them great for cleaning large surfaces.

On the other hand, carrier type vacuums are cheaper and gentler when cleaning shag carpets. But it is a pain to use them when cleaning a large area.

Bag or Canister

There are vacuum cleaners that use bags and vacuum cleaners that use canisters. They both work well. So, it’s again down to personal preference.

Bags are great in the sense that you don’t have to come in contact with the dust and dirt inside. When a bag is full you throw it out and replace it with a new one. Bags don’t really cost a lot and can hold quite an amount before needing to be changed. So, they don’t really add much to the expense. But you do have to remember to keep extra bags in the house.

You can just clean canisters. This eliminates the need for remembering to keep extra bags around. But those with allergies may find it difficult to work with canisters as exposure to dust becomes a problem when cleaning them.

Suction Power

This is the most important yet confusing property to check before buying a brand new vacuum cleaner.

Usually, most people will relate suction power to how many watts the vacuum uses. But newer energy-efficient vacuum can provide more suction power while requiring less power. So, keep that in mind.

Attachments

Look for a vacuum cleaner that comes with a respectable arsenal of attachments so that you can get into every nook and cranny of your carpet. This includes various types of nozzles, brushes, rollers, etc. Make sure there is a suction-only head. As the rotating beater bar inside a regular vacuum head might rip the shag of the carpet.

In Conclusion

Shag carpets are pretty easy to mess up. Choosing the wrong vacuum cleaner can really cost you a lot of money as shag carpets are generally quite expensive. But following this guide, I am sure that you will able to choose the perfect vacuum cleaner for your shag carpet.

So, best of luck.

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