January 13, 2021
We've been asked about the length of time a property will stay clean after being treated with Benz Bio Cleanze or Perma Cleanze (both products have the same active ingredient: DDAC). So we wrote this Trade Tips post to explain.
Both Bio Cleanze and Perma Cleanze have the ability to offer long-term "residual biocide protection" against the recolonisation of porous surfaces.
This quality is the reason why they are the main products used in our "Clean & Maintain" softwash systems.
Quick tip: Residual protection only works on porous surfaces, not on smooth, non-porous surfaces such as roof slates or metal cladding.
Because of the many variables involved (material the treated surface is made of, local environment, care taken by a customer, skill of the contractor, prevailing weather, temperature, strength and quantity of product applied, etc, etc) it is not possible to give a "one size fits all" estimate of the exact time during which a given property will be protected from recolonisation.
Our domestic customers tend not to ask this question as they trust us to do the best possible job for them, which we do.
We simply contact them every 6-36 months (timescale depends on the surface, e.g. patios can be 6-18 months, roofs up to 3 years or more) to offer them a repeat application of Bio Cleanze as part of our "Clean & Maintain" service.
Our customers are delighted to find that regular repeat applications usually costs much less than the original treatment.
Quick tip: Perma Cleanze is formulated for safe and legal use by the employees of property maintenance companies, in-house cleaning staff, and the general public. Most professional softwash cleaning contractors will use Bio Cleanze.
Commercial customers sometimes like a more formal agreement, so we offer them a "Clean & Maintain" contract in which we guarantee to keep their property clean for a year at a time, during which time we will return to re-treat a surface should that be necessary (which it rarely is).
With an annual contract in place, once the property has been initially cleaned using Benz Lightning Cleanze and/or Tornado Cleanze, all that is necessary is to give a yearly treatment of Bio Cleanze to give our customer a permanently clean property.
Our customers love this approach, as opposed to the more usual once-off soft wash treatment, then leaving the property to get dirty for several years before a customer cannot stand it any more and wants it cleaned again.
The principle has similarities to the regular cleaning of windows to give a customer permanently clean windows rather than allowing them to become seriously dirty before cleaning them again.
That approach creates considerably more work for a contractor – and therefore is much less profitable – and customers do not get to enjoy permanently clean windows.
Quick tip: Regular soft wash cleaning treatments are a win-win for both contractor and customer.
Our sincere good wishes for your prosperous business and a safe life,
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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September 02, 2021 2 Comments
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 ...
It's a free resource for people wanting to learn about the soft washing industry, to expand an existing business, or build a new business.
Soft washing reduces, or even eliminates, the need to use high-pressure washing.
Instead, once the build up of algae, lichen, fungus, moss and mould – the root causes of properties looking "dirty" – has been treated, the natural "self-cleansing" of sun, rain and wind removes the surface residue through time.
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