October 29, 2019
We've been asked, "Should I treat a property with Lightning Cleanze after treating with Bio Cleanze?"
Simple answer, most of the time, is No. Treat with Benz Lightning Cleanze first until the surface is sufficiently clean (treat particularly bad areas with Benz Tornado Cleanze), then complete the job with a treatment of Benz Bio Cleanze.
Why? Because the chemistry of the products means they work very differently. It just makes no sense to put Lightning Cleanze or Tornado Cleanze on top of Bio Cleanze.
Unless that is ... if absolutely essential because:
Quick tip: Even if Bio Cleanze is allowed to dry out before spot treating with Lightning Cleanze or Tornado Cleanze, this would involve another journey to the site – increasing time and travel overheads – and decreasing the profitability of the contract. Not good for business ...
The strong possibility of the surfactant in Lightning Cleanze inhibiting the effectiveness of Bio Cleanze came from a conversation with a high-level industrial chemist. In other words, this is not just our opinion.
This is why it is so important to thoroughly rinse Lightning Cleanze from a surface prior to treating with Bio Cleanze.
And why we've never been happy with the procedure of "spot treating" with Lightning Cleanze after treating a surface with Bio Cleanze.
Chances are that no ill-effects will be seen for a while. But eventually the algae growth on the areas that were spot treated would likely be greater than the surrounding area.
Because the residual protection offered by Bio Cleanze will have been weakened by the spot treatment. The first application of Bio Cleanze will largely be dissipated by spraying, brushing, and then rinsing off Lightning Cleanze.
Only the chemical (DDAC) that had already managed to soak deep into the substrate will remain.
The aim of treating a surface with Bio Cleanze is to kill any remaining spores that LIghtning Cleanze may have missed, especially those spores living deep in the substrate.
Because it is a highly effective "wetting agent" – due to it's chemical characteristics and capillary action – Bio Cleanze can penetrate surfaces very deeply. Even more deeply than pure water. Click here to learn about capillary action
It continues the cleaning action begun by Lightning Cleanze over several months and imparts a level of residual protection against re-colonisation.
Quick tip: The residual protective effect of Bio Cleanze can be less on horizontal surfaces that are subjected to:
Quick tip: After completing the first softwash treatment, put your customer on a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintenance programme.
Customers will enjoy a permanently clean property and contractors will enjoy a steady stream of repeat business. A win-win arrangement for both customer and contractor.
We hope this information is helpful.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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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 ...
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