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How To Learn More About Carpet Rug Cleaning

Every homeowner eventually needs professional carpet and rug cleaning, but consumers these days know that it isn’t wise to just pick any local business to treat their flooring. More than ever, homeowners are aware of what tools technicians have access to, and how to spot a reputable company right away. In short, it’s difficult to pull one over on consumers today, and they demand the best. And with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) help, a technician can offer them just that.

Why should a professional consider carpet and rug cleaning training?

Professionals know that there is much more to treatment than just pushing a vacuum over the floor. Homeowners know this too and expect a technician to pull out deeply embedded soils, stains, and other debris. This is particularly true for a Persian or Oriental rug. These prized possessions are usually handmade, one of a kind, and expensive, so a homeowner will tolerate nothing less than delicate, thorough treatment. That usually means advanced equipment, and often an entire facility dedicated to washing and drying these delicate pieces. It’s an involved process, and one that professionals should be ready to perform at a high level.

The IICRC offers many courses in several fields. The IICRC’s CCT (carpet cleaning technician) course covers many fundamental topics pertinent to properly caring for rugs and carpeting. They include fiber and construction method identification, soil identification, dry soil and suspended soil removal, soil suspension, stain removal, and an introduction to modern equipment, detergents and treatment methods. For example, students will learn the merits of hot water extraction, encapsulation, bonnet treatment, and a few other standard practices. The IICRC’s curriculum is based on its highly respected S100 standard, which has been recognized by federal authorities for its efficacy.

The IICRC also dedicated an entire course to cleaning area rugs, which is a natural follow-up to the CCT. Designated the RCT (rug cleaning technician), this course teaches technicians how to inspect rugs for various forms of damage and soil infiltration, as well as introducing methods designed to counter them. By the time a student finishes the RCT, they have an arsenal of practical treatment applications, all of which are designed to work with the delicate nature of a piece. When paired with the IICRC’s color repair or odor removal course, students can rejuvenate even badly soiled rugs and carpeting.

What should a technician do once they have finished carpet and rug cleaning training?

Professionals that attain certification in both the CCT and RCT will already have a nice set of skills to make a career out of, but the more skills a technician possesses, the better their prospects will be. IICRC registrants can further their education through the organization’s advanced certification tracks, or pursue special skills through online continuing education courses. Every firm needs a specialist or two to help with unusual or particularly difficult work settings, and the IICRC can assist a professional in attaining those in-demand skills.

Education is no longer a professional luxury, it’s an expectation, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a tedious process. The IICRC makes it easy for professionals to round out their abilities and strengthen their career options.

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