whack the rug with a broom til I tired
that reminds me of growing up in germany where my older brother and i just loved to beat the rugs mercilessly two-three times a year - mother would still vacuum them though .
the job required a special RUGBEATER that would usually be bought from a travelling salesman .
those beaters were about 3 1/2 long ; lots of fun to SWING AWAY !
now it's my job to vacuum the rugs once a week - it being monday , this was the day to do it .
we've got ten oriental/semi-oriental rugs and they seem to respond well to the treatment -we've had them for at least thirty years .
mrs. h does some spot-cleaning as required and that's it .
most of them are densily woven wool rugs and they really don't pick up much dirt at all .
some fifteen years ago we had a bit of flooding in the basement - luckily just water from the washing machine . since we had the cleaners in , we asked to clean the two largest rugs professionally . i understand they sprinkled them with baking powder and vacuum-cleaned them - didn't seem to make any difference .