What's the best way to softwash uPVC fascia, soffit, gutters & painted surfaces? (video how-to)

August 15, 2017 3 Comments

Benz Softwash Bio Cleanze DDAC biocide & Benz Softwash Lightning Cleanze SH sodium hypochlorite biocide

We are frequently asked if Benz Lightning Cleanze is suitable for cleaning uPVC – such as fascia, soffit, gutters, doors and windows – and painted surfaces.

The answer is Yes, it does an excellent job in only a few minutes. And at only 10:1 dilution.

Most of the time only one spray coat is needed and it's a simple "spray on – rinse off" process.

Quick tips:

  • If the uPVC is particularly dirty, gently agitating the treated surface with a soft brush can significantly speed up the cleaning process.
  • In very hot weather a strong solution of LIghtning Cleanze can sometimes produce a temporary discolouration. This usually fades in a few days but can be prevented by a) treating at no stronger than 10:1 dilution b) pre-cooling the surface with a light water spray c) working at the coolest time of day.

 

Watch the video below to see Ben demonstrate the principles of softwashing uPVC on a customer's property using Lightning Cleanze. (He also talks you through the various stages and techniques involved in softwashing uPVC and painted surfaces)

Note: Ben refers to "Blackwash", which was an earlier name for Lightning Cleanze. The product is the same.

 

 

Click the link below to learn more about softwashing uPVC

Can you use Benz Bio Cleanze for softwashing uPVC windows, doors, gutters, facia and soffit?


We hope this information is helpful.

Cheers,

Ben, Leo
 & Fiona

Click Here to explore the full range of Benz softwash cleaning products

Benz Softwash Bio Cleanze DDAC biocide & Benz Softwash Lightning Cleanze SH sodium hypochlorite biocide





3 Responses

Leo
Leo

August 23, 2017

PS: Self cleaning glass was developed for aeroplanes where the continual movement helps the self-cleansing action. Houses are stationary and because of this it apparently does not work as well. We are receiving reports that most customers are disappointed with the effectiveness of self-cleaning glass. It still needs regular cleaning, just not as regular as regular glass.

Note: This info comes from our customers and forums, not own experience, as we’ve never come across it.

Leo
Leo

August 19, 2017

Hi Sam and thanks for your question.

The dilution rate should be 10:1, which will give 1% available chlorine. At this dilution Blackwash is classed as non-corrosive to metals and rubber – so will not damage window and door fittings.

Regarding self-cleansing glass: I don’t have experience of this so contacting the manufacturers of your customer’s glass, to ask what cleaning products are suitable, before treatment would be essential. Pilkingtons are the market leaders and can give some helpful advice for their products: https://www.pilkington.com/en-gb/uk/householders/types-of-glass/self-cleaning-glass/what-is-self-cleaning-glass

If they give you the go-ahead I suggest following the basic rule of soft washing: Treat a small test area first, get your customers agreement that it is satisfactory and gain their permission to clean the entire property.

Cheers,

Leo

sam
sam

August 16, 2017

I watched the video looks impressive but what is the dilution rate for the upvc. Many conservatories have glass roofs some of which are self cleaning glass would the cleaning product have an issue with this type of glass.

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up. Please revisit this Trade Tips post to read our response.


Also in Benz Trade Tips

The fastest and most profitable way to learn professional soft washing (video how-to)
The fastest and most profitable way to learn professional soft washing (video how-to)

September 02, 2020

 

How can you learn the practical how-to of soft washing quickly, easily and simply – without wasting several years "re-inventing the wheel" – learning through arduous trial and error – when you could have been up and running in a few weeks?

And earning well-deserved profits from a highly efficient soft washing business.

Then there is the thousands of pounds/euros that the unwary, knowing no better, can waste on expensive, and often unnecessary or inappropriate, softwash equipment. We're sure you don't want to be like them.


Click the link on this page to learn more ...

View full article →

Softwash Equipment 01 - Planning our new softwash van
Softwash Equipment 01 - Planning our new softwash van

August 25, 2020

In this ongoing soft washing video series Ben explains why and how he uses various types of softwash equipment.

What soft washing equipment you choose to build or purchase depends on several factors: for example the number of employees you have and the type of properties you soft wash.

Want to know more?

Click the link on this page to watch the video ...

View full article →

Soft washing an artifical slate roof with Benz Bio Cleanze
Why pressure (jet, power) washing a roof is NOT a good idea

August 08, 2020

(Due to logistic problems associated with the government restrictions around Covid-19 this is a written, not video, Trade Tips post this week)
===========================

A customer asked us, if it would be a good idea to pressure (aka jet, power) wash a roof prior to treating it with Benz Bio Cleanze.


That's a reasonable question.

You could jet wash a roof and then treat with Bio Cleanze.

But why would you?

Want to know the rest of the story? Click the link on this page ...

View full article →