October 13, 2016
Some of our softwashing contractor customers asked if our softwash biocides stay in the soil.
Clearly this is an important concern as we are all becoming more environmentally aware.
And it is important that softwashing contractors can speak clearly to their customers about this important topic and give them the facts about the environmental impact of softwashing.
Benz Bio Cleanze is fully biodegradable and complies with EU regulations for biodegradability. It biodegrades on contact with organic material, so will definitely not stay in the soil.
We've run long-term tests on lawns and flower beds to determine the effects of our biocides on plant life.
Test results show that Bio Cleanze has no detrimental effect on plant life when applied to surfaces at our recommended dilution rates, and when the soil and plants are pre and post drenched with fresh water.
Benz Lightning Cleanze does not bioaccumulate and breaks down into oxygen and a small amount of common salt on contact with organic material. Even the surfactant is fully biodegradable.
Although frequent applications, together with allowing run-off to enter the soil, could theoretically increase the salt content of soil, in practice this is unlikely to be a problem.
This is because Lightning Cleanze is mostly used as a one-off treatment, followed by regular maintenance applications of Bio Cleanze.
Run-off and spray drift from Lightning Cleanze has not been observed to have detrimental effects on lawns and flower beds when used at our recommended dilution rates and in conjunction with pre and post drenching of soil and plant life.
Our research tests of applying pure salt to soil over periods of several months has shown that a large quantity of salt is required to adversely affect the majority of plant life.
The practice of pre and post drenching dilutes the minute amounts of salt produced by the biodegrading of Lightning Cleanze.
This renders it effectively harmless. And of course rain will further dilute any remaining salt residue.
We hope this information is helpful and inspires you to succeed in softwashing.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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September 15, 2021
Many soft wash contractors can be unsure of the safest way to soft wash asbestos roofs. So in this post we lay out the best practices we've learned from running a soft washing business since 2013.
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September 08, 2021
Ben demonstrates how to scrape moss and lichen from natural slate roof tiles and treat the biofilm to kill all the growths on this natural slate roof.
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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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Soft washing reduces, or even eliminates, the need to use high-pressure washing.
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