I washed my rugs again (see last year) in the washing tank about two minutes from my house. The fact that there are still washing tanks is one of the things I most love about Portugal. I don't know if there are any more washing tanks anywhere, but I am sure glad I have one near my house. Because it's just cooler to wash my rugs in a tank. The water is clear and running, and it's easy. Just dip, scrub and dip again. There is even a separate pool you can use to rinse in non-soapy water. It's a shame only me and the gypsy women that live nearby use it!