March 28, 2018
We've been asked how to safely softwash street-facing properties while protecting the public from harm and conforming to the various regulations.
We thought many softwash contractors would value this information, which we hope will enable them to both get more softwash contracts and carry them out safely and legally.
We offer the following for general guidance only. Please do your own research into the factors, including regulations imposed by local councils, national government and other relevant legislative organisations, governing best practice on any given contract to softwash street facing properties.
Quick tip: Benz Lightning Cleanze can save time and money over sodium hypochlorate (SH) mixes by not having to catch run-off in containers that are then incinerated at considerable cost. This is possible because according to EU legislation Lightning Cleanze is non-classified and non-corrosive at the dilution levels we recommend on the product labelling and on the Benz Softwash website. It is also fully approved by the UK and Irish governments, unlike all SH that we know of.
The run-off must of course be diverted to a foul drain and kept away from surface drains. And permission should be obtained from the relevant water authority to discharge waste chemicals into the drainage system (again, regs can change between water authorities, so please check what is required for the area you are working in).
Source further information: Regulations and procedures may differ country to country, city to city, council to council. So a contractor would be well advised to contact their local council to get clear on their specific regulations and working guidelines. Also, a friendly scaffolding company will have come across the issues of working in streets already and would know what regs have to be complied with and how.
We hope you found this information helpful.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
PS: Regulations are constantly changing and the information given above is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing; but please check with the authorities responsible for enforcing regulations for specific contracts before you softwash a street facing property.
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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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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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