July 04, 2017 4 Comments
Although it will instantly clean most hard surfaces – and looks impressive at first – pressure washing (aka power washing or jet washing) leaves behind algae spores that rapidly recolonise.
This means the cleaned property will be back to square one in a very short time, with the same infestation and subsequent staining it suffered from before.
In addition, repeated high-pressure washing damages surfaces and increases the rate at which they would naturally degrade due to the weathering process. It can increase their porosity and thus making them even more susceptible to recolonisation.
That said, in some circumstances a one-off power wash followed up with a treatment of Benz Bio Cleanze can be the most effective approach. It gives the customer the "instantly clean" effect most people want, while also killing the spores.
This means that the majority of surfaces will stay clean for 1-3 years or even longer (depending on the local environment, nature of the surface and how well the customer keeps their property free from organic material).
Even when power washing is indicated as the most effective initial approach – by following up with a treatment of Bio Cleanze – that surface will rarely need to be power washed again.
As a contractor it's an excellent idea to keep a log of when you treated the property, then get in touch with the customer every 1-2 years to give the surface a maintenance treatment of Bio Cleanze.
Your customers will love you because their surfaces will always be clean. This is similar to the principle of regular window cleaning and can lead to a lot of ongoing referrals – giving you a nice stream of easy repeat income.
We hope this information is helpful and inspires you to succeed in your softwashing business.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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September 15, 2021
Many soft wash contractors can be unsure of the safest way to soft wash asbestos roofs. So in this post we lay out the best practices we've learned from running a soft washing business since 2013.
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September 08, 2021
Ben demonstrates how to scrape moss and lichen from natural slate roof tiles and treat the biofilm to kill all the growths on this natural slate roof.
Click the link on this page to watch the how-to video ...
September 02, 2021 2 Comments
When soft washing it's vitally important to protect surrounding building materials. e.g. lead flashing. And not to create "clean streaks" – from overspray and run-off – on surfaces that are not part of your contract.
Click the link on this page to watch how we achieve this when soft washing a chimney ...
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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