April Newsletter

Newsletter for the Cleaning and Restoration Industry

Carpet Cleaning Stain Training Day


CARSI presents a face to face Clean­ing Train­ing Event! 27th of April 8.30am — 12.30pm! Add it to your cal­en­dar and pur­chase your tick­et today!

We will be putting some stains down on car­pet to teach stain removal and car­pet clean­ing.

We will also have equip­ment for Tile and Grout clean­ing along with some oth­er prod­ucts and equip­ment.

Come along and upskill your busi­ness. Tick­ets are avail­able for sale for $110 per per­son. Tick­ets include drinks, snacks, and train­ing. Loca­tion in For­est Lake QLD

Podcast Series: Professional Carpet Cleaners and Restorers Podcast

Professional Carpet Cleaning and Restorers Podcast

The  Pro­fes­sion­al Car­pet Clean­ers and Restor­ers Pod­cast (PCCRP) is new in the indus­try dis­cussing infor­ma­tive infor­ma­tion with­out offer­ing advice  that could be con­strued to be mis­lead­ing, dis­cour­ag­ing, mali­cious, and out­side our pro­fes­sion­al knowl­edge and expe­ri­ence.


New Pod­cast released this Fri­day after the East­er break!

Broad­cast­ed every fort­night dis­cussing top­ics for small to medi­um size com­pa­nies. 


Lat­est Pod­cast is avail­able now with a new one released every 2nd Fri­day.


Next Pod­cast avail­able Fri­day 23rd of April @ 5 pm AEST

This month’s articles

First­ly, under­stand­ing the build­ing design for cli­mate. Design­ing for cli­mate requires that homes be designed or mod­i­fied to ensure that the occu­pants remain ther­mal­ly com­fort­able year-round.  Pas­sive  design, work­ing with the cli­mate, not against it.

Aus­tralian cli­mate zones:

The eight cli­mate zones used by build­ing code of Aus­tralia (BCA), each cli­mate zone has dis­tinct­ly dif­fer­ent design and con­struc­tion require­ments. With­in each main zone are many region­al sub-zones deter­mined by geo­graph­ic fea­tures includ­ing wind pat­terns and ele­va­tion above sea lev­el.

NatHERS (Nation­wide House Ener­gy Rat­ing Scheme) iden­ti­fies 69 of these sub-zones, which the BCA address­es and which can be called up by post­code.

Inside tem­per­a­ture, air move­ment, and com­fort­a­bil­i­ty is attrib­uted to design, loca­tion, and mate­ri­als used dur­ing con­struc­tion.  Sun ori­en­ta­tion, wind direc­tions are some of the exter­nal fac­tors, while, ven­ti­la­tion, insu­la­tion, and care­ful build­ing mate­r­i­al choos­es are inside fac­tors. 

Zone 1: Hot humid sum­mer, warm win­ter 

  • High humid­i­ty with a degree of ‘dry sea­son’ 
  • Mod­er­ate to high tem­per­a­tures year round 
  • Low to mod­er­ate sea­son­al tem­per­a­ture vari­a­tion 
  • Min­i­mal diur­nal (day–night) tem­per­a­ture range 

 Zone 2: Warm humid sum­mer, mild win­ter 

  • High humid­i­ty with a def­i­nite ‘dry sea­son’ 
  • Hot to very hot sum­mers with mild win­ters 
  • Dis­tinct summer/winter sea­sons 
  • Mod­er­ate to low diur­nal (day–night) tem­per­a­ture range, which can vary sig­nif­i­cant­ly between regions (e.g. inland to coastal)

 Zone 3: Hot dry sum­mer, warm win­ter 

  • Dis­tinct wet and dry sea­sons 
  • Low rain­fall and low to mod­er­ate humid­i­ty 
  • No extreme cold but can be cool in win­ter 
  • Hot to very hot sum­mers com­mon 
  • Sig­nif­i­cant day–night tem­per­a­ture range 

 Zone 4: Hot dry sum­mer, cool win­ter 

  • Dis­tinct sea­sons with low humid­i­ty all year round 
  • High diur­nal (day–night) tem­per­a­ture range 
  • Low rain­fall 
  • Very hot sum­mers com­mon with hot, dry winds 
  • Cool win­ters with cold dry winds

 Zone 5: Warm tem­per­ate 

  • Mod­er­ate diur­nal (day–night) tem­per­a­ture range near coast to high diur­nal range inland 
  • Four dis­tinct sea­sons: sum­mer and win­ter can exceed human com­fort range; spring and autumn are ide­al for human com­fort 
  • Mild win­ters with low humid­i­ty 
  • Hot to very hot sum­mers with low to mod­er­ate humid­i­ty 
  • Wide­ly vari­able solar access and cool­ing breeze direc­tions and pat­terns 

 Zone 6: Mild tem­per­ate 

  • Low day–night tem­per­a­ture range near coast, high range inland 
  • Four dis­tinct sea­sons: sum­mer and win­ter exceed human com­fort range; spring and autumn are ide­al for human com­fort 
  • Mild to cool win­ters with low humid­i­ty 
  • Hot to very hot sum­mers, mod­er­ate humid­i­ty 

 Zone 7: Cool tem­per­ate 

  • Low humid­i­ty, high diur­nal (day–night) tem­per­a­ture range 
  • Four dis­tinct sea­sons: sum­mer and win­ter exceed human com­fort range; high­ly vari­able spring and autumn con­di­tions (range increas­ing with cli­mate change) 
  • Cold to very cold win­ters with major­i­ty of rain­fall (decreas­ing with cli­mate change) 
  • Hot dry sum­mers (increas­ing with cli­mate change) 

 Zone 8: Alpine 

  • Low humid­i­ty, high diur­nal tem­per­a­ture range 
  • Four dis­tinct sea­sons: win­ter exceeds human com­fort range and will like­ly con­tin­ue to do so under cli­mate change 
  • Cold to very cold win­ters pro­vid­ing major­i­ty of rain­fall; some snow 

Warm to hot, dry sum­mers; high­ly vari­able spring and autumn con­di­tions 

The con­trol­ling of air pres­sure is key to sev­er­al impor­tance per­for­mance aspects of the build­ing sys­tem and there­fore the dry­ing of the build­ing after a water loss or fire event.  Air carrier’s mois­ture which impacts mate­ri­als long-term per­for­mance (ser­vice­abil­i­ty) and struc­tur­al integri­ty (dura­bil­i­ty), behav­iour in fire (smoke spread), indoor air qual­i­ty (dis­tri­b­u­tion of pol­lu­tants and micro­bial reser­voirs) and ther­mal ener­gy.

Under­stand­ing the sig­nif­i­cant of the com­plex flow and pres­sure dis­tri­b­u­tion prob­lems cre­at­ed by the inter­ac­tion of the build­ing enve­lope with the mechan­i­cal sys­tems often used in the mit­i­ga­tion peri­od, can lead to changes in the mate­r­i­al struc­ture, dura­bil­i­ty, and per­for­mance.

Exterior Building Considerations

  • Build­ing con­struc­tion method
  • Build­ing mate­ri­als
  • Build­ing secu­ri­ty
  • Sub­floor con­struc­tion
  • Exter­nal fac­tors includ­ing flo­ra.

Interior Building Considerations

  • Past build­ing inci­dents
  • Air flow man­age­ment sys­tem
  • Fau­na rep­re­sen­ta­tion (microbes)
  • Build­ing mate­ri­als
  • Insu­la­tion
  • Con­tent mate­ri­als
  • Tox­i­c­i­ty lev­els, tox­ins
  • Con­fig­u­ra­tion of inter­nal spaces
  • Hid­den pock­ets
  • Occu­pants.

Pro­fes­sion­al equip­ment uses in appli­ca­tion may change from sea­son to sea­son, area to area, and tech­ni­cian to tech­ni­cian.  Lim­i­ta­tions around equip­ment use and the technician’s edu­ca­tion can deter­mine the use of each indi­vid­ual piece of equip­ment.  Stan­dards show, it is at the judge­ment of the pro­fes­sion­al for when using equip­ment based on sev­er­al char­ac­ter­is­tics but not lim­it­ed to:

  • Claim type,
  • Avail­abil­i­ty of equip­ment,
  • Cat­e­go­ry of loss,
  • Train­ing and edu­ca­tion,
  • Build­ing and con­tent mate­ri­als,
  • Equip­ment restric­tions,
  • Lia­bil­i­ties,
  • Con­straints and restric­tions,
  • Envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors,
  • Reme­di­a­tion prin­ci­ples,
  • Respon­si­bil­i­ties.

CARSI con­tin­ues to devel­op spe­cialised cours­es based around these prin­ci­ples. The one train­ing mod­el fits all is back­ward think­ing, train­ing requires a dif­fer­ent approach with local evi­dence-based results. The prin­ci­ples of reme­di­a­tion may be uni­ver­sal, but the appli­ca­tion meth­ods will change.  Aus­tralia deserves the recog­ni­tion and the spe­cif­ic train­ing mod­els based off local­ly sourced mate­ri­als and weath­er events. 

Do you spe­cialise in the clean­ing and restora­tion indus­try?

Do you under­stand how weath­er changes your dry­ing con­di­tions?

Do you under­stand the equip­ment you’re work­ing with? And more impor­tant­ly, do your on-site tech­ni­cians under­stand the equip­ment?

We are cur­rent­ly look­ing for expres­sions of inter­est to help build the  “Spe­cial­is­ing in your Zone”  series.  Please con­tact our office @ if you’re a sup­pli­er, con­trac­tor, edu­ca­tor, or some­one spe­cial­is­ing in this field.

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