"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." — Aristotle
With this in mind, I attended a IICRC Leather Cleaning Technician course held at Cleaning Systems Ltd in Auckland on 30-31 October.
This was the first time that this course has been taught in New Zealand. Instructor Steve Poulos, one of only six instructors for this course in the world, had come from the USA and has been teaching this course for over 25 years. I was the only industry representative from the lower North Island in attendance.
Some of things addressed by this two-day course included leather identification and cleaning techniques for professional on-location cleaners, restoration and inspection service providers, as well as other related industries. Emphasis was placed on theory, practical application, proper identification of leather types, soiling conditions and proper professional solutions to the cleaning challenges faced by the individuals performing the work in the field.
As a result of attending this IICRC-LCT course I felt primed and better prepared to meet the ongoing challenges relevant to leather cleaning and restoration, and I also look forward to passing on the benefits of such training to all my valued current and future clients.