Do you know what that "chlorine" smell actually is?

January 25, 2019

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

The "chlorine-like" smell that may sometimes be noticed during softwashing comes from what are technically known as "chloramines". These are produced by the chemical process of oxidising organic matter and are evidence that sodium hypochlorite is doing its job.

You'll have noticed a similar smell in a swimming pool and in tap water. It's a smell that is often, incorrectly, called "chlorine". In reality it is the result of pee and other contaminants being oxidised. The stronger the smell in a swimming pool, the more people you know have been peeing in the pool …


What about Benz Lightning Cleanze?

A large amount of organic matter on a surface will react with the product to release chloramines, which results in a slight "chlorine-like" smell. But the only time we've noticed a really strong smell from Lightning Cleanze is when there's no wind and/or poor ventilation. 

To minimise your exposure to the smell of chloramines, we suggest starting treatment at the furthest point away from your equipment set-up. Then move back towards your equipment.

Working this way you will not need to walk over areas you have already treated and will avoid inhaling any fumes.

The reaction time during which a strong smell could arise from Lightning Cleanze should only be around 15 minutes. So you could spray the area needing treatment without being exposed to the smell and then return when activation is complete and the surface is ready to rinse.

We hope this information is helpful.

Cheers,

Ben, Leo & Fiona

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

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