"Teppichklopfer" or "Pracker" is the Austrian term for a beater to clean carpets with, made from willow or rattan. The base material is wrought into a loopy kind of meshwork, loosely resembling a tennis racket or, in its smaller version, a cloverleaf. More modern beaters are also made from plastic. For the purpose of cleaning a rug with these beaters, the carpet is brought out of the house into the open, where it is hung over a carpet beating frame and hit vigorously with the beater. Through this procedure, dust and other dirt is loosened and removed.