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The stains of
Christmas past
The month following Christmas and New Year hydrogen peroxide becomes rapidly
tends to be pretty dead in many trades, but for less effective.
carpet and upholstery cleaners it is usually
If stain removal isn’t a significant part of your
mayhem as nearly every home in the district
business, and especially if you haven’t
phones for help with the stains that are the
attended a specialist spot and stain treatment
legacy of Christmas. The most frequent
problems are just what you would expect; red
and removal course, it may be wise to brush
wine, white wine, soft drinks, tea, coffee and
up on your skills before they are needed. Open
the aftermath of the family pet being fed with
a bottle of red wine on Sunday and pour some
too much of the wrong kind of food. But some
on to a piece of carpet, preferably one of wool
people are rather more original in their
and nylon. Drink the rest of the wine, and leave
creation of problems, like the homeowners
the carpet for a book a course that will teach you how to do it
who insist on dressing the bottom of the
few days until properly with all the multitude of stains that
Christmas tree with brightly coloured crepe
you have revellers can bestow on a Wilton, or on the
paper that bleeds its dye into the carpet. Or the
sobered up. cream bedroom carpet that your customer
games enthusiast who thought that a race
You can of should really not have bought.
between four people across the lounge with
course repeat
The NCCA provides full training in all aspects
ketchup bottles held between their knees
this exercise
of carpet and upholstery care – the next course
would be a good idea.
with as many
in stain removal takes place on February 26th
So, if you run a cleaning business, check
2010 and details are at Well-
products as
before Christmas is upon us whether you are
trained professionals understand issues like
you choose –
prepared for the post-Christmas disasters?
the importance of pH (acidity or alkalinity) in
perhaps beer
Many suppliers will be closed throughout the
removing stains, the differences between
on Monday,
holiday period, typically for up to two weeks.
protein and lipids stains and the need to know
cider on
Do you have sufficient stock of stain removers
exactly what fabric is being treated before
Tuesday, fruit juice on Wednesday and one of
to see you through this period? If you use
selecting a stain-removing agent. With an
the several cups of coffee that you will need
generic products such as hydrogen peroxide,
NCCA course behind you, you will be able to
on Thursday.
is your supply fresh? This is important as,
tackle a multitude of different kinds of stain.
especially after being opened a few times and
On Sunday, the stains should have matured
Including the one on your shirt from when you
losing a few oxygen atoms each time,
nicely so you can practise your skills on the
poured that first bottle of wine!
samples until you have eradicated the
Should you want to learn more about stain
residues of your experiments from the
removal or would like more information about
previous week.
NCCA training courses, feel free to call the
It may well be of course that you find that your
NCCA office direct on 0116 271 9550.
stain-removal skills are not up to the task that
you have created. One approach at that point
is to open another bottle of wine, find another
carpet sample, resolve to do better next time
and enjoy another week of research. On the
other hand, you could phone the NCCA and
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