Gut Rumbles

July 25, 2005

beating rugs

You never see that anymore. People don't beat rugs today. When I was a boy, however, wimmen dragged the rugs out of the houses, hung them on clotheslines and then beat the shit out of them with sticks. Dust flew in billowing clouds from them. I watched that happen many a time when I was young.

Once the dust was beat out of the rug, I was sometimes recruited to help haul it back inside and spread it out on the floor. We had a nice, clean rug. That's how it was done in those days.

I know that I'm an old fart now, because I remember that shit.


I remember that, and want to do it a couple in the new lair. Would love to find a real carpet beater just for that. Will use a baseball bat if I have to, now just need to get to the rugs again...

Posted by: Laughing Wolf on July 25, 2005 10:25 PM

We used to put a whuppin on 'em with a broom.

Posted by: GUYK on July 25, 2005 10:56 PM

Perhaps women were more genteel back in those days, because they could take out any frustrations and "feelings" they had on the rug instead of their husband.

Posted by: Cythen on July 26, 2005 12:18 AM

I beat rugs to this day...on the banniser with the broom...

Granny was right.

Ain't no vacuum cleaner gone git all da sand outta dem rugs!

Posted by: Pam on July 26, 2005 12:23 AM

I used to beat my grandma's area rug for her all the time when I was a kid.

Posted by: Graumagus on July 26, 2005 12:48 AM

We still do that, a tennis racket works pretty well.

Posted by: Alli on July 26, 2005 01:13 AM

we beat the rugs from our barracks... were just a bunch of cheap marines though...

Posted by: oakleytexas on July 26, 2005 02:00 AM

I still beat rugs too! Saves electricity and is a great way to get rid of tension,especially if you use a spear to beat them with :)

Posted by: Misty on July 26, 2005 04:55 AM

Thing is, now everybody has wall-to-wall carpet. Ever try to drag an entire house worth of carpet outside and hang it on a clothesline? Assuming you can get to the clothesline between an entire house worth of furniture that you've had to drag outside beforehand?

Assuming you even have a clothesline?

Getting it back down on the floor is no easy feat neither, lemme tell ya.

Posted by: McGehee on July 26, 2005 08:29 AM

I still beat mine. It's great therapy!

Posted by: blondage on July 26, 2005 09:38 AM

We still beat ours too!

I agree with's GREAT THERAPY!

Posted by: Wendi on July 26, 2005 01:22 PM

I used a clothesline for my laundry while living in Denver - even in winter - and here in California.

The one I had here was strung between two eucalyptus trees. Not much beats hanging up clothes on a beautiful sunny day - and the clothes smell great, too.

But the towels don't get nice and soft like they do in a dryer - the only drawback.

Posted by: Trish on July 26, 2005 06:51 PM

One of those old-fashioned rug beaters would do a number on your ass, too!

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on July 26, 2005 06:58 PM
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