Date: May 9-11, 2023 Location:Certified Clean Care in Athens, GA IICRC Continuing Education: 12 credit hours
The class consists of three intensive eight-hour days taught primarily on the work floor of an operational wash plant. Topics covered will be cleaning chemistry, spotting, rug identification, learning to ‘read’ and identify rug construction, rug intake assessment, rug washing, drying theory, and finishing after wash. Hands-on portions of the class will demonstrate the practical application of all that theory on an active wash floor in real-time. The hands-on training will focus on wet cleaning; students will wash a lot of rugs and have the opportunity to try a range of techniques and observe the results. More than just an opportunity to work and learn on a high production wash floor, students will gain a broader understanding of the cleaning process and how it applies to their own businesses. The fee for the class includes lunch for the three days, handouts, and all teaching materials. A short test will be given at the end of the class session. You will need to bring wash boots.
For safety and accordance with the CDC health guidelines, a mask will be required and social distancing will be practiced for all live events.
The Tools of Rug Identification– Grouped in a linear and methodical progression, students learn how to read a rug’s construction to identify its origins. Material progresses from easily discernible traits to more nuanced variations using the most commonly encountered area rugs as teaching material. Students come away knowing the covered material as well as how to advance their skills outside of class.
Survey of hand-tufted, machine-made, and specialty rugs
Hand-knotted Rugs – a brief history, nomenclature and introduction to structure, the tools of rug ID
Copies of Persian rugs
Overview of Cleaning Process
Review of the steps in a “best practice” rug cleaning as outlined in ARCS’ Industry Guide & Recommended Practice for Rug Cleaning
Pre-inspection and documentation, inventory control & prewash stabilization
About Rugs & Fibers
A review of the most commonly encountered rug fibers and construction techniques and what their implications are for the cleaning process.
About Soils & Cleaning
Review of the types of soils found in rugs What are they? How do they accumulate?
Getting our hands dirty cleaning the host plants inventory. Topics will include:
How to generate a cleaning plan
How all the host’s “toys” work and how to scale the operation up and down to meet the demands of each student
What to do if a rug starts to go south
Discussion of drying theory and its effects on the cleaning process.
Evaluating results and discussing the next steps. Discussion, how clean is clean enough? weighing risks vs rewards.
A survey of the non-wash processes that go into a rug cleaning
Recording and reporting results
A discussion of the techniques for removing common spots such as rust, paint, wax, etc.
How the products work and how they differ from spotters.
Risks and how to manage them
Discussion and demonstrations of common applications and techniques
Urine Stain removal
Floor Stripping of Dye
Dry stripping of Dye
Review Test - Don’t worry, it isn’t graded
Armen Dohanian:is a fourth-generation rug cleaner. His family owns a 100 + year old rug cleaning and restoration business in Boston, Massachusetts. Involved in rug cleaning from an early age, Armen is currently vice¬-president of operations at the Oriental Rug Cleaning Company in Dallas, TX, a 103-year-old, “full¬-service” rug cleaning and restoration company. Mr. Dohanian is an ARCS Certified Rug Specialist (CRS), a certified Master Rug Cleaner, and a Woolsafe North America "Fiber Care Specialist" as well as a member of the International Society of Appraisers.
Certified Clean Care
Members can make own hotel reservations.
ARCS’s “Practical Dye Removal for the Rug Washer” course is a good primer on a complex subject. Ben did a great job explaining the principals and practical application of the most commonly encountered bleaches used in our industry. Those applications were then demonstrated at work in multiple real-world scenarios, not just “ideal” situations. Balancing risk versus reward, Mr. Knause walked students through an experienced professional’s thought process and approach to each problem. Participants were then given ample opportunity to practice with each product under the watch of an experienced cleaner, allowing them to get a better handle on the use of each type of product. This class will shorten the learning curve of anyone getting into color correction and is a must-attend course for any experienced cleaner who wants to know more about the subject. Armen Dohanian - Oriental Rug Cleaning Co.
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