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Get Certified For Cleaning Oriental Rugs

Cleaning oriental rugs can pose a special challenge to industry professionals. This type of floor covering is often highly-prized by its owner, and because of its exquisite makeup, it must be handled with special care.

Typically constructed of natural materials like wool, cotton, goat or camel hair, and usually tinted with natural dyes, cleaning oriental rugs requires a different approach than those made of synthetic materials. The intricately knotted or woven fabric also necessitates particularly gentle treatment.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) offers a Rug Cleaning Technician (RCT) course that instructs service professionals in the care of oriental rugs and other area floor coverings. Students learn to identify various types of rugs along with the appropriate treatment techniques and methods. This two-day class requires IICRC Certification in Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT) or Commercial Carpet Maintenance Technician (CCMT), and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) as a pre-requisite for attendance.

At this time, two courses are still open to registration for the remainder of 2014:

• On Oct. 20, in Euless, TX

• And on Nov. 6, in Raleigh, NC

Technicians who desire more in-depth knowledge of the handling of these valuable and cherished heirlooms may also choose from several IICRC-approved continuing education events around the country. Those who are interested can find a list of applicable continuing education events on the IICRC website. Attendees earn continuing education credits applied toward their requirement to maintain IICRC-certified status.

As imported wool rugs and carpets enjoy ever-increasing popularity in the United States, the art of cleaning oriental rugs also rises in demand. It follows that the attainment of advanced knowledge of applicable methods and techniques is a sound investment for technicians and service providers who wish to grow in their profession and stay competitive.

The IICRC is internationally accepted as the standard-setting and certifying body in the cleaning and restoration industry. As such, the organization does not operate any schools or teach classes. The IICRC is, however, committed to education and works with approved-schools to facilitate certification and ongoing education.

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