August 02, 2016
There's a lot of tarmac in the world that attracts algae, moss, mould and lichen – and which needs to be periodically cleaned by softwashing.
In our experience the most effective softwash treatment for tarmac is usually Benz Bio Cleanze.
Apply at 40/50:1, well brushed in. Then follow up with regular treatments at 50:1 (40:1 in cold weather) every 12-18 months (depending on the local environment and other variable factors).
The growths will die off within 24-48 hours. Then nature will continue to cleanse the surface through the effects of sunshine, wind and rain over time.
Quick tip: Contacting your customer at the 12-18 month mark will give you a steady stream of repeat business.
The selling point for regular softwashing treatments with Bio Cleanze is that your customer will enjoy a tarmac surface that is permanently clean.
This is a similar principle to regularly cleaning windows so they are always clean, rather than waiting until they are filthy. Click here to learn about the Benz "Clean & Maintain" softwash systems
Yes, Benz Lightning Cleanze will kill the growths very quickly. Lightning Cleanze is the softwashing product of choice when your customer wants immediate results and does not want to wait for Bio Cleanze to work.
If your customer just wants a quick clean before putting their property on the market, for example, Lightning Cleanze may be the most effective softwashing product to use.
The downside is that the biological growths on the tarmac can turn into a white mush that many customers don't like.
Fortunately, a light power washing to rinse off the mush usually clears it. You will of course need to factor in the extra cost of power washing into your quote.
Bio Cleanze will clean the tarmac giving the appearance of lightening the tarmac.
In our experience Bio Cleanze leaves the tarmac pretty much in it's original colour. So when the surface is cleaned from whatever colonisation was present, it looks lighter than areas that have not been cleaned.
Benz Lightning Cleanze however, will impart an actual lightening effect to the tarmac. This is why we suggest using it only at 10:1 and whenever feasable use Benz Bio Cleanze as your first choice.
Important: If used at dilution stronger than 10:1 the tarmac can turn a light grey colour. Even at 10:1 there can be a slight lightening of the tarmac colour.
Some customers like this change of colour. Others don't. So always treat a small, obscure test patch at first and get your customer's agreement that they are happy with the results and give their agreement for you to clean the rest of the tarmac.
Our experience is that using Lightning Cleanze at 10:1 is the optimum choice for softwashing tarmac if your customer does not want to wait for the results of Bio Cleanze to show.
We hope this information is helpful and wish you great success in your soft washing business.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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July 21, 2021
We use pencil jets in our brushes because we've found they don't clog or break as much as fan jets.
In the case of the Gardiner 45cm brush we use four of them. We turn the pump down so the flow rate is acceptable and does not produce much run-off.
Flow control at the pole is still critical however. Click the link on this page to learn about the solution we've found to be so successful ...
July 15, 2021
July 10, 2021
Some customers have wondered why we add IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) to Benz Bio Cleanze. So we thought we'd clear this up and clarify the situation once and for all.
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It's a free resource for people wanting to learn about the soft washing industry, to expand an existing business, or build a new business.
Soft washing reduces, or even eliminates, the need to use high-pressure washing.
Instead, once the build up of algae, lichen, fungus, moss and mould – the root causes of properties looking "dirty" – has been treated, the natural "self-cleansing" of sun, rain and wind removes the surface residue through time.
By educating the cleaning trade and public about soft washing we are helping develop an industry that offers sustainable treatments to clean and maintain exterior hard surfaces.
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This saves you time, is a highly professional approach, and increases your chances of winning new contracts.