This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to clean carpets using selected processes, chemicals and equipment.  Cleaning carpets is undertaken in addition to daily maintenance of carpets to provide a thorough and deep clean of the carpet fibres. The selection of equipment, chemicals and methods suited to the task is essential for performing the work safely and efficiently.  The unit supports cleaners who work alone or in teams.  It applies in a range of commercial and residential work sites.

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - must satisfy the requirements of the elements, performance criteria, foundation skills and range of conditions of this unit, and; - must also clean two different carpet types where: one carpet type must be a natural fibre selected from organic (plant fibres), such as cotton and sisal, or wool; one carpet type must be a synthetic fibre selected from acrylic, nylon or polyester. In cleaning the above carpets, the person must: - identify site hazards and control risks before commencing the task; - correctly identify the type and characteristics of the carpet and carpet fibres; - identify cleaning techniques and chemicals required for the task; - use the following cleaning methods: bonnet cleaning; hot water extraction; - use cleaning equipment safely; - check carpet after cleaning process and assess whether further cleaning is required, and; - correctly and safely handle waste.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - carpet characteristics; - range and application of cleaning equipment and chemicals; - correct application and techniques for different cleaning methods; - environmental requirements relating to removing stains from carpets; - key requirements of legislation, regulations, codes of practice and industry advisory standards relating to carpet cleaning; - processes for safely handling and disposing of waste; - range and application of cleaning solutions used to clean carpets and their reactions with different carpet types, and; - safe handling techniques for working with hazardous chemicals.

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