May 06, 2015
Power or pressure washing will clear out the weeds, so they are gone ... for a short time.
But although the surface looks good when we leave a customer’s property, neither softwashing nor power or pressure washing actually kills the weeds.
The weeds come back all too soon.
And, as well as clearing out the weeds, power or pressure washing washes out the sand between the bricks in a Cobblelock or block paving drive or path. And of course this means re-sanding.
Applying chemical weedkillers requires the person applying them to be trained and licensed in their application, which is a good move for any softwash contractor to consider. But what do you do before getting licensed, or if you just don't want to pour Monsanto's best into our good earth?
You’ve completed the clean and are about to re-sand the gaps between the Cobblelock or bricks:
Important: The photo above shows salt crystallising on the surface when the surface did not receive a top layer of unsalted sand.
Rain will eventually wash this away into adjacent lawns or flower/vegetable beds, which could harm the plant life.
Hence the reason we suggest a final dressing with unsalted sand to prevent this.
IMPORTANT: Please do not even think of brushing surplus sand/salt mix into a nearby lawn, flower or vegetable bed. Brush it up and remove from the site. If salt gets into a lawn, flower bed, vegetable patch it will hurt the plant life and can take several years to wash away, as salt does not biodegrade.
IMPORTANT: Keep salt away from ponds and other aquatic environments. DO NOT APPLY if there is any danger of salt leaching into a fresh water aquatic environment.
This is a simple, inexpensive and effective way to offer that little extra to your customers, which helps get you those precious referrals.
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We hope this information was helpful,
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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June 03, 2021
May 29, 2021
Several customers asked us what, in our experience, is the safest and most effective way to rinse dry dash (pebble dash) wall render after soft washing?
In this video Ben demonstrates the fan jet nozzle we use for rinsing dry dash render after applying Benz Lightning Cleanze.
May 20, 2021
We've been asked about the safest and most efficient and effective way to rinse Oxy Cleanze – and all softwash products – from treated surfaces. The concern was to minimise any possible impact on surfaces not being treated but that could receive run-off.
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