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How to Depill & Shave Your Area Rug
Do you have an area rug that looks great except for all the pilling going on?
I did too until I figured out how to depill our area rug with a simple tool you probably already own.
We bought this outdoor rug years ago to replace a small, cheapy one from our college days. I fell in love with it instantly because a) I love quatrefoil & b) it would stand up to 2 dogs who like to rub their faces in carpet.
After a few years, no matter how much I vacuumed, the aqua areas still looked hairy. I even got the tiny Dyson upholstery attachment out and concentrated on each aqua quatrefoil because I was convinced it was the white dog hairs making it look fuzzy.
There is some dog hair but the real culprit is loose, shaggy aqua fibers. Time for my thinking cap!
I found a DIY post that suggested shaving the fibers with electric hair clippers but my clippers kept catching beige threads if the angle was off by a degree. I didn’t feel like destroying my otherwise good looking area rug so I shelved that suggestion and went for the big (little) gun.
My favorite fabric shaver.
Since it has a guard, I didn’t have to pay attention to where I had it on the rug and it worked really fast! 5 minutes and the fuzz collection compartment was ready to be emptied.
Look at the difference!
There are still some loose fibers but it looks 100Xs better!
Definitely good enough to last many years to come.
Do you have any tricks to keeping your rugs looking great? I would love to hear them!
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