How to Vacuum a Carpet, Rug & Shag Rug! (Clean My Space)
How to Vacuum a Carpet, Rug & Shag Rug! (Clean My Space)

If you don’t know this about me already,
I am gonna make it crystal clear for you. I do not like vacuuming. However, as an
allergy sufferer, a pet owner and of course, a hater of dust, vacuuming is
necessary. So today I’m gonna give you a little edumacation on how to vacuum a
carpet, how to vacuum a rug and a shag rug. So in less than, I don’t know, seven
minutes, you’re gonna be able to dance circles around your Mom, your local vacuum
salesperson or that know-it-all neat freak that drives you crazy. Let’s talk about why you have to vacuum.
Carpets are like sponges. They absorb everything. From crumbs, to debris, to pet
hair and dander, old snacks, fingernails, you name it. And it is our duty as humans
to vacuum our carpets and keep our homes healthy. But what if you have hard floors? Well,
you still need one. Brooms are nice. But vacuums rule. Pushing and sweeping dust
around just kicks it up into the air, like what you do when you’re sweeping. So while
you might not see that dust for a day or two, it will actually resettle in no time
onto surfaces that you have already dusted. So the idea with vacuuming is, it actually
removes dust from your environment and stops the cycle of it being kicked around.
I don’t care if you have hard floors or carpets, if you don’t like dust, you need
a vacuum. All right. It is time to get vacuuming. Let’s kick things off by covering how to
vacuum your carpet. Here’s what you need to do. Ensure your bag or canister is
empty and ready to go. Pick up any large pieces of debris, or toys, or anything
else that’s on the carpet that you don’t want getting sucked up in your vacuum.
Move any furniture that you can. Select the right attachment for the job.
Now most vacuums these days come with a variety of tools and it’s your job to know
which ones to use. So check your manual really quickly. But just to give you a
quick overview, this is typically what you’re going to see for a carpet vacuum.
It’s got what’s called a power head, or a beater bar, which helps dig up all of that
gunk in your carpets. The other thing that you might want to use is this little
detail tool. Also know as a crevice tool because that will help you get right into
the edge where the carpet meets the baseboard. We have a video that goes into
all of the finer details about your vacuum and its attachments, so I’ll link that for
you down below. Now a quick reminder here. You’ll want to
make sure you’re using the power head or the beater bar if your vacuum has one
because that helps brush things like dust and hair out of the carpet. And that’s
what you want to accomplish when you’re vacuuming. Find the outlet closest to the
exit point of the room and plug your vacuum in there. Now, start at the
opposite corner of the exit point of the room to make sure you don’t vacuum
yourself into a corner. To get those beautiful cut lines, you’re
going to do what I call the W pattern. Which basically means you’re going to walk
that vacuum up in a straight line and then you’ll pull it back down on an angle. And
then you’ll go up on a straight line and pull it back down on an angle. There you
go. Beautiful cut lines. What I find easiest when I’m vacuuming a
large space is to work section by section. And if you have furniture that’s in the
way, I know sometimes you guys mentioned that that’s a little bit challenging for
you, just do your best. Sometimes you really can’t get things perfect on the
carpet. And that’s okay. Now let’s talk about vacuuming smaller
rugs. Since rugs can be made from a variety of different materials, you want
to make sure that you check with the manufacturer or the care label on the back
of the rug, to ensure that you’re going to do the right cleaning protocol. And that
will help you pick what tool and what setting to use. Now remember, you want to
clean your rug before you clean the floor beneath it, because you’ll be pushing some
debris around in the process. Now if your rug has something like fringe,
or any tassels, you have to be careful and make sure that you don’t vacuum it.
Because it could get sucked up in the vacuum, which will likely lead to damage.
Now shag rugs are an interesting beast, but I’m gonna show you exactly how it’s
done. Start by flipping your rug over and select the beater bar for this task. Now
use your feet to carefully secure the edges of the rug so that they don’t flip
up. Now, you’ll vacuum the back of the rug because this helps to shake out and loosen
any debris, which of course will fall on the floor below the rug. When that’s done,
roll the rug up and place it aside. Now you’ll vacuum the area underneath,
which has been dumped on. Once clean, unroll the rug, facing right side up into
its rightful place and use a small brush attachment to vacuum up any visible
debris. This brush is okay to use because it won’t damage most rugs. But of course,
always check in a hidden spot first and review care instructions before vacuuming
anyway. Since you’re always asking in the comments
about the vacuum I am using, and many of you have probably noticed I have a new
one, I will put a bunch of info up on the blog about this vacuum. And maybe one of
the other ones that you’ve seen around here lately. The blog is at I’ve also got a ton more information up there about different
creative ways you can use a vacuum and what all these dang attachments are for.
So be sure to check it out. This weeks comment question is. “What
vacuuming conundrums do you have?” If you let me know in the comments down below, I
can do some sleuth work and see if I can figure it out for you. And if you make any
sexy vacuum cut lines, or W patterns, I would love to see them so please be sure
to tag me on Instagram. I am @melissamaker. The camera operator and
husband is @thechadreynolds. And we are @cleanmyspace. There’s a button down there that lets me
know you care, so click it if you liked this video. And click this button right
here to subscribe and begin your journey to a cleaner life. Thanks so much for
watching and we’ll see you next time. Here we are at that special time where
it’s the end of the video and I get to throw you to two other videos I think
you’re gonna love. The first one is five vacuuming tips. This is basically gonna
teach you how to vacuum. And the second one, is a vacuum tour. And only Melissa
Maker would ever be able to provide you with a vacuum tour. Now it is a bit of an
older video, but if you are curious as to what I have in terms of vacuum swag,
definitely check that one out. Don’t forget to find us on
which is our website full of tips, tricks, product reviews, our newsletter and all
kinds of other cool things. Anyway guys, I’ll
see you next time.

100 thoughts on “How to Vacuum a Carpet, Rug & Shag Rug! (Clean My Space)”

  1. Lauren Vest says:

    I would love to know how to clean my cordless dyson!!!

  2. U. khan says:

    Please do a more detailed video How to Vacuum a Shag Rug! Thanks.

  3. Coco Mademoiselle says:

    how to clean a faux fur rug?

  4. averagejohn1232004 says:

    Where's the money shot? Emptying of the vacuum of all that dust.

  5. Andy Rousonelos says:

    Dont be using a Dyson, get an AERUS!

  6. kristine joy says:

    Do u have any organizing tips for kiids toys and closets

  7. fromcraft2cure says:

    i have problems cleaning my vacuum…specifically the dirt container. do you have a video on that?

  8. thamihw89 says:

    Our cat tree is always full of cat hair on the flat surface, no matter how much we try to vacuum it, it doesn't really get that clean. It pretty much just moves some of the hair around. Do you have any tips for that?
    GREAT tip for the rug btw!! Also have the pet hair problem on the rug, and I'll definitely be trying to turn the rug over tomorrow! You're a life saver! I was about to replace the rug lol

  9. Sudatta Banerjee says:

    I dnt knw whether you have done a video in the past on this topic or not but i would really like to see a video on home cleaning ways where pets are involved. I have a puppy and as you can understand they can be really messy… so how should i take care of my bed, sofa and cloths??

  10. TT Rodgers says:

    Hi Melissa, you have two cats in your home and your carpet is so white and clean. How do you clean-up your cats' hair balls and pukes? We have this issue in our home and our carpet is never clean. Thanks

  11. Love says:

    The hardwood floors what the best kind of vacuum for hardwood floors because honestly until this video I really thought I vacuum wasn't really made for hardwood and unlike you I love to vacuum so this makes me excited

  12. Tori Carrillo says:

    I don't like vacuuming solely because we have a canister vac and it's really annoying to move around our small space.

  13. Wild Borego says:

    When you sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, how long should I let it sit before vacuuming??

  14. ya girl says:

    How do u do the cut lines???

  15. plussizemommyof3 says:

    I want a new vacuum. 🙁

  16. ozgirlhants says:

    I lodge with someone so no control of vacuum choice, but yes, she has a Dyson FTW! I also like James Dyson because he stays resident in the UK and pays a decent share of tax!!
    I love vacuuming, my lower back not so much….

  17. Ava & Brooke says:

    What do u use to edit your videos? @Clean My Space

  18. kristycurl says:

    What's the best way to vacuum carpeted stairs? Is there an attachment for that?

  19. Ahmed H. Ramadan says:

    This video couldnt have come in a better time for me since my new hoover just arrived. How did u know ??? But my questions to u are:
    – I read the manual and each attachment is for a specific surface but im not really convinced.. is it ok to use attachments for jobs other than these designated for ???
    2nd Question: how oft should i clean the attachments themselves and how ???
    Great Video !!!

  20. eyar faj says:

    can you do a electricfan, dvd and cd's cleaning tutorial pls. thanks in advance.

  21. RafiRaffee says:

    Waaah watching this makes me miss my broken vacuum even more! Can't wait for it to be fixed! #prayforvacuum o(╥﹏╥)o

  22. Arlett R. Hartie says:

    I never would have thought to turn the rug over to vacuum.

  23. Carol Moore says:

    I have a vacuum that's so hard to push. It doesn't adjust to carpet height.   Is there a belt that could need changed or something else?

  24. MissAguce says:

    Please make video about how to clean blender

  25. Robert Ortiz says:

    Is it necessary to overlap when vacuuming to get extra cleaning?

  26. GloveFetish Princess says:

    Hello Melissa,can I request a video?
    You've done cleaning glove comparison some time ago,and it left me with one more question.So,can you do another comparison of cleaning gloves,but choose the tightest ones?

  27. Camille says:

    What do you do when you have carpets everywhere but a crappy vacuum ? Any tips on how to get long hair out of them ? Thanks

  28. Gayle MamaButterfly says:

    I don't mind vacuuming….much…..Love, love, love my Dyson…it sucks up pet hair better than anything I have ever had and yup….it was expensive, but so were the bags from the previous vac…..I think over time it truly paid for itself.  Also, the very best tip I have is to get someone else to do it and praise the heck out of them for such a wonderful job and how great it looks….engage their egos…..LOL

  29. Jenn Lavore says:

    Tell me Dyson FINALLY hear our calls and got you the hook up!!!

    I hate Vacuuming because the….CENTRAL VAC!!! I hate the long hose and cumbersomeness (is that a word?) space it takes up. I am in the process of begging the hubby to get me a Dyson cordless Animal….two dogs, two boys and a hubby……I'll need the best!

  30. Petya says:

    Hello Melissa,

    Can you please tell us how to clean wooden doors?

    Thank you,

  31. content nausea says:

    Omg please come clean my room 🙂

  32. Emilee House says:

    I just discovered your Channel after getting my first apartment, and I gotta say I've become obsessed. You guys have great tips and tricks. Thanks for helping me keep my apartment beautiful 🙌🏻❤️

  33. discerningmind says:

    I like your videos, but wow, you sure stirred up a lot of dust flopping around that shag rug!
    How can you stand the dust cloud when emptying a bag-less vacuum?
    I only use bagged vacuums and stuff a wet paper towel into the opening when removing the bag.

  34. Mary Cooper says:

    Can you please make a video on how to clean a vacuum please

  35. Katherine Dekorte says:

    I just LOVE your videos!! I am also always cleaning and organizing! I was just wondering could you do a video on how to clean and organize your bedroom closet?? that would be really helpful. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  36. Suzanne Miller says:

    Does all the dirt come up with one pass?  I thought you had to go up and back a couple of times before cutting an angle.

  37. Enrique Lezama says:

    How to clean your living room

  38. BeeRich33 says:

    How do I accomplish this with shag rug on…perhaps…a wall or a ceiling?  How do I polish a disco ball?

  39. Lisa wheeler says:

    Please do a video on how to clean and deodorize a fitbit.

  40. dysonobsessed says:

    Please do an updated vacuum tour!

  41. Amanda Bowers says:

    What can/should I vacuum?  I've been wondering if I should/can vacuum my couch.

  42. Chantel Horst says:

    Great tips on the shag carpet. 🙂

  43. Nazly Lucía Cóttiz Céspedes says:

    Need a vacuum!" ASAP

  44. Megabrebre says:

    Please do a video on liquid laundry detergent vs pods

  45. TomVacuum says:

    You should do another vacuum tour @Clean My Space

  46. Maya Flores says:

    I have this product from Arm&Hammer and itis a vacum booster. It is in power form and it also makes your carpet smell SO GOOD. You just sprinkle it on your carpet, wait 15-30 minuets, abd VACUM!!

  47. BloodsuckingLover says:

    It's not exactly a "vacuuming" issue, I have a Bissell pro heat  12 amps carpet cleaner, but the hose attachment wont stray anymore, but will definitely suck, my mum and I have been having issue's trying to figure out the reason why the hose wont spray, some help please?

  48. thewolf12399 says:

    She always dresses so cute. I love her pants! C:

  49. imacaligrl4life says:

    At work, we use an old style vacuum (has no extra attachments) and the closest outlet to our front door, the vacuum won't reach the carpet (the cord is already stretched to its max) any suggestions to get that last bit?

  50. Charles Veillette says:

    Well it's a rainy day in Maine time to put your videos to the test. ITS TIME TO CLEAN. 😡

  51. Driot Mawi says:

    Can you do a video on cleaning out your vacuum?  I have a dog & two kids and my canister needs cleaning.

  52. Oona N says:

    Hi Melissa, Thank you for your video. Maybe my question sounds strange but I will ask. I am searching for vacuum cleaner and a bit confused in all of the options and features. Could you please help in how to pick vacuum cleaner?

  53. Orange Marley says:

    The only problem with this particular Dyson canister vacuum is that it lacks the turbine power used to agitate the carpet. However, the sucking power is great; so it will do well on hard surfaces. The turbine power head is powered by air suction, it would be perfect if it had its own motor. I would recommend purchasing an upright Dyson vacuum if most of your house is carpeted.

  54. elijah huggins says:

    the dyson canister vacuums don't deep clean at all because the brushroll is powered by air. you need it to be powered by an electric motor to get the job done!

  55. Phone master 13579 says:

    I have a question my husband made a mess and flung uncooked rice all over my house but my vacuum will pick it up at least entill it would clog up. I could realm us some comments

  56. Lauren Hurst says:

    I want your vacuum! It looks so light to carry up and down the stairs. I neglect vacuuming upstairs because my vacuum is so heavy!

  57. dragoncraft says:

    what happend to your dc23 pink?

  58. Juli Vee says:

    Shag rug? Genius

  59. Fariza Fauzi says:

    Hello. I vacuum daily and the upstairs every other day, but I just can't stop the carpeting becoming stiff and flat. Do you have any tips to keep the carpets fluffy?

  60. StealthMasterSolid says:

    Your face is so pretty it gave me a boner (you have nice hair too)

  61. Teri L Diaz says:

    Do you have a carpet shampooing video??? +cleanmyspace

  62. Ruby says:

    I used to own a Dyson and I thought it was the best vacuum in the world I wouldn't have any other. Then a friend came over and blew my mind out of the water with the RAINBOW Vacuum and I had to submit and say it was much MUCH better. I think if you haven't tried one out you should Melissa and maybe even do a demo of both of them so that ppl can see and check them out for themselves. Remember this is coming from a CRAZY LOVER of the Dyson and YES I still do have it BUT I use it very rarely becuase the Rainbow does so much better actually getting every last dust piece and then also TRAPing it so it doesn't go out the back of the Vacuum cleaner. AMAZING! Ps if you fly me to Canada to you will do the DEMO with you. 🙂 A Wisconsin Mom.

  63. MidwestMom MaBear says:

    I watched another similar video and the amazing woman used the same technique but did it 2 to 3 times. 1. Flip rug over 2. Vac With Beater Going 3. Roll Up 4. Clean up debris on floor 5. Repeat entire process until your floors no longer have debris when carpet is flipped upside down! Amazing Results!:Thank you for all your videos and tips!!

  64. RJ Lim says:

    Hi Melissa, saw your videos last week when my fiance was out of town (meaning I was the one cleaning this time). His main complain is mostly cleaning our 3×5 ft carpet beside our bed because it accumulates hair (mine of course) every day so it is making him clean it twice a week. Since we don't have vacuum, do you have tips on how we can clean it easier? 🙂 Would really appreciate it – Rytz from The Philippines

  65. cate mitten says:

    I LOVE DYSON!!!! <3 <3 <3

  66. Roxanne Cox says:

    Great video, thanks! I just want to add that Carpet Fresh and other sprinkled on deodorizers are from Satan himself. We just bought a Rainbow (love it) and had at least half an inch of Carpet Fresh in the bottom of the cannister. After 10 slooooow vacuum sessions, it's down to about 1/8 inch. We've lived here less than 3 years, and the house was brand new. Satan, I tell you.

  67. Kavvy says:

    I Have a dirt devil Vacuum i use it to Vacuum my closet and i use my Moms vacuum to vacuum my room carper because it is Stronger

  68. ObiJuan Kenobi says:


  69. crazy5oh4 says:

    Can you do a video on hand washing your rug?

  70. Priya Jose says:

    hi, is carpet shampooing necessary? how often do we need to do that ?

  71. July Lim says:

    My first YouTube comment ever! Love your videos. Can you please make a video on deep cleaning a thick shag rug? Beyond vacuuming I want to learn a DIY shampoo and dry at home on the cheap. Also how to maintain the clean. Thanks!

  72. SonriseRoofing says:

    Dyson V7 will actually make you want to vacuum! It's powerful and cordless! Get one!

  73. a t says:

    Melissa ! How do we clean large shagged white rugs? Not just vacuuming. I’m having a hard time figuring out a solution and it’s looks really dirty. Any way to clean or wash it to make it look brand new again? Xx

  74. HighlyMedicated says:

    You had me at fingernails. That is disgusting.

  75. Benazir Shaikh says:

    Can i use banking soda clean Shag Rug

  76. Nicole Green says:

    You may have covered this, but worth repeating. I really stepped this chore up a notch when I learned about using the proper distance of your vacuum to the carpet for optimal suction. It's not about getting it as close as you can. You need good airflow.

  77. Nancy Franco Garcia says:

    Can it vacuum out wet carpet?

  78. Okunrin Meta says:

    This is annoying 🤢

  79. Jeanne Stark says:

    I don’t have that many rugs because of My beagle

  80. taistorezan says:

    Hey Melissa1 What do you think of the Rainbow vaccum?

  81. Reagan Stafford says:

    I have a 10foot by 13 foot shag puli white rug. (Silly purchase!) it’s beautiful huge and HEAVY.

  82. vacuum expert says:


  83. Tanner Schadewald says:

    Thith ith a really informative video, I can make thome really thexy cut lineth thank you tho much

  84. Jarod997 says:

    You just dumped the stuff that was on your carpet back on the floor you just vacuumed.

  85. Jim Fodera says:

    i just bought a new dyson vacuum… i absolutely love it but i have a really hard time with it sticking to area rugs. i have an old dog who slips on the hardwood so i have a lot of area rugs, is there a tool that is more suited to cleaning these rugs?

  86. Uno Carb says:

    I was hearing sad country songs 3 hours I'm here??

  87. Linda says:

    How do you vacuum a shag rug that is under the bed? I want to buy one really big shag rug for my bedroom, but it sounds like a pain taking it out from under my bed to flip it over just to vacuum it. I have 2 cats, vacuuming is necessary, and my roomba takes care of the dust under my bed. I guess I won't be able to use it with the shag rug though 🙁

  88. Anastasia K says:

    Τα χαλιά πρέπει να καθαρίζονται μόνο προς την κατεύθυνση του πέλους τους!

  89. Meshwork123 says:

    Hi. Could you tell me with the Dyson powerhead is suitable for textured loop pile carpets, or if that type of head should be not be used in the event that it causes fraying? Many thanks. Dave, Australia.

  90. Steven Michael says:

    Maybe if you stopped talking so much this video could have been made in under 1 minute!

  91. Ben Donahower says:

    I strongly recommend trying a bagged vacuum. Life changed! I was forever dumping bagless vacuums, they lost their suction and broke down over time, etc. I've had a bagged vacuum for 3 years and it's still going strong. I love it.

  92. Justine Plemons says:

    I hate mopping!

  93. dremid445 says:

    4:25 OMG I thought I was the only person who did this hahaha

  94. Emma’s ASMR says:

    I have the same vacuum. I bought it about two months ago but I’m not satisfied with it. For one, I didn’t get that part for the floor! Didn’t even know it had one, totally would make a difference when im vacuuming floors as i dont have much carpet. Overall, I’m not so fond of this product, if I could I’d bring it back. Not as comfy as they made it seem it was.

  95. Basil Bips says:

    Some great recommendations are here

  96. Jaia Snow says:

    Omg HELP!!! I CANNOT find my beater belt???? I desperately need to clean my shag rug…idk what to do. I can't afford an extra 500 for a new Dyson vacuum. There has to be a solution!! Please help!!!! Eternally grateful.. Aloha 💛✌️

  97. PrimeReal says:

    I can’t believe i just watched a video on how to vacuum and enjoyed it .

  98. Dizee says:

    I do not have a vacuum 😩

  99. Betty Gustin says:

    My new vacuum won't vacuum my new carpet. The brushes stop, like it can't pull that much pressure???? That sucks.

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