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Prochem Europe broadens training offer to professional cleaners in 2017
Prochem Europe is broadening its training offer to professional cleaners in 2017, staging regional courses for the Midlands plus a series of WoolSafe sessions to complement the company's well-established seminars held throughout the year at its dedicated training academy in Chessington, Surrey.
One-day regional courses staged at Birmingham City Football Club's ground, St Andrew's will cover carpets next Wednesday 29th March and Upholstery next Thursday 30th. The WoolSafe training course is scheduled for Tuesday 10th October, at Chessington, and there are other one- and two-day courses covering carpet, hard floor, upholstery cleaning and stain removal, held there throughout the year.
The WoolSafe course assumes that the student has reached a reasonably high level of competence and experience in cleaning carpets and rugs. It is also intended to be an essential reference and resource for those who are concerned with maintaining residential (domestic) or commercial (contract) wool carpets and rugs, whether they become a WoolSafe-Approved Carpet Care Specialist or not.
Ideally, candidates will benefit from having previously attended, either:
- Prochem One-Day Carpet (C1) & One-Day Upholstery Cleaning courses (U1), or
- Prochem Two-Day Carpet (C2) & One-day Upholstery Cleaning courses (U1), or
- NCCA 2-Day Carpet & Upholstery courses, or
- IICRC 3-Day Carpet Cleaning Technician and Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning courses
With this objective in mind, the course initially follows wool fibre from fleece, to yarn, to carpet, and therefore, it describes aspects of textile processing and carpet manufacture. Initial processing and carpet or rug construction is followed by basic issues concerned with actual cleaning. These aspects of what are essentially textile technology, determine the ways in which wool carpet and rugs should be maintained and cleaned.
The syllabus includes:
* Introduction to wool and other carpet fibres and their physical and chemical characteristics of relevance to carpet cleaning
* Manufacture and characteristics of 100% wool and wool-rich carpets and rugs
* Colouration techniques, dying and printing of wool and wool carpets and rugs
* Cleaning and maintenance techniques specific to wool and wool-rich carpets and rugs
* WoolSafe approval programme for carpet and upholstery cleaning and protection products
* WoolSafe approved products: how and why they are selected, and why you should use them
* Common problems with wool floor coverings and how to deal with them.
A course manual and an 'open book' examination paper will be issued to every candidate at the end of the training course. Completed exams must be returned to The WoolSafe Organisation for adjudication within one month. The minimum standard required is 80% for qualification as a WoolSafe Fibre Care Specialist. Candidates who achieve this mark will be invited to become WoolSafe Approved Service Providers. Those that meet the membership requirements will, upon payment of the registration and membership fees, be registered, listed and issued with the relevant Certificate.
6th April 2017