A carpet beater or carpetbeater (also referred to as a rug beater or rugbeater, mattenklopper, carpet whip, rug whip, clothes-beater, dust beater or dustbeater, carpet duster, wicker slapper, rug duster, or pillow fluffer, and formerly also as a carpet cleaner or rug cleaner) is a housecleaning tool that was in common use until the vacuum cleaner became affordable during the early 20th century. Carpets, rugs, clothes, cushions, and bedding were hung over a clothesline or railing and the dust and dirt was beaten out of them. Typically made of wood, rattan, cane, wicker, spring steel or coiled wire, antique rug beaters have become very collectible. Modern mass-production versions can also be in plastic or wire.
In parts of Central Europe the carpet beater was also a common tool for parents to discipline (spank) their children, leaving a distinctive pattern on the child's buttocks. This particular form of punishment since the 1970s has rapidly grown out of fashion into extinction.
Since the 1990s it is very rare to see anyone using trzepak for its prime function. On the newest housing developments trzepak is usually no longer installed. Some people preferred to beat carpets in winter on the snow - they laid the carpet face down and beat it. Although this method had certain advantages, for instance, possible insects would freeze to death even if they were not expelled through beating; but it left a dirty and unpleasantly looking patch on the otherwise white snow, therefore some communities forbade beating on the snow for aesthetic reasons.
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