August 01, 2018
The answer is simply because no sodium hypochlorite product can, by itself, kill all the spores that live deep in a porous surface. And cannot offer residual long-term protection against re-colonisation.
Whereas Benz Bio Cleanze biocide can offer long-term protection because some of the active ingredient remains in a porous surface.
Quick tip: Using two complementary biocides synergistically is a core principle of the Benz "Clean & Maintain" softwash systems; a powerful win-win process for you and your customers.
By first treating a property with Benz Lightning Cleanze biocide, the majority of the spores will be killed and your customers will have what they want: a dramatically cleaner property.
Bio Cleanze will then have relatively few spores left to kill, meaning that less of the active ingredient is used in the process of immediate cleansing. This in turn means that more of the active ingredient is available to remain in the surface, thus increasing the degree of long-term biocidal protection against re-colonisation.
Quick tip: Lightning Cleanze is the only sodium hypochlorite based biocide that is fully approved by the UK and Irish governments for soft washing external hard surfaces, and is the only such product that can legally be called a biocide.
Bio Cleanze – because of its lower surface tension, which comes about as a result of it's chemical nature – seeps more deeply into a porous surface, killing whatever spores Lightning Cleanze may not have reached.
Bio Cleanze completes a soft washing job on a porous surface, assuming the customer is willing to pay a little extra for the best.
Of course if your customer only wants a quick clean before moving out of their property, they likely will not want to pay for the long-term protection. In this case a treatment with Lightning Cleanze is all that's required.
Bio Cleanze keeps working for 6-12 months following application, bringing the surface increasingly clean through time.
Quick tip: On paths and patios that are likely to be walked on by children and animals apply Bio Cleanze at a dilution strength of 40:1 (winter) and 50:1 (summer).
Lightning Cleanze does it's work within 20-60 minutes, depending on the nature of the surface being treated and the degree of colonisation.
Results may improve over 2-3 days but it does not continue to protect the surface. No sodium hypochlorite product or mix can do this. Ignore any claims to the contrary because they are false; sodium hypochlorite is chemically incapable of doing this.
As a contractor you need to appraise the needs of every contract on an individual basis, taking into account:
When you have the above information it will become clear which softwash biocides to use.
You will also be able to explain to your customers what you are doing, with what products, and why. This shows your professionalism in the eyes of your customers, which contributes to repeat business and referrals.
We hope this information is helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business,
Ben, Leo, Fiona, Stevie & Anthony
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PS: Click here to set up your "Clean & Maintain" programme. After completing an initial soft wash treatment, put your customer on a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintenance programme. Your customers will enjoy a permanently clean property and you will enjoy a steady stream of repeat business.
This is clearly a win-win arrangement for you and your customers.
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June 17, 2022 4 Comments
After pressure washing (power, jet) algae spores rapidly recolonise, and properties return to square one in a very short time. So what's the alternative?
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How long can diluted Benz Bio Cleanze can be stored for, and still be ok to use on another job?
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