How much, and when, should you invest in softwash equipment?

November 20, 2018 2 Comments

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

There are softwash equipment supply companies who try to sell newcomers to softwashing many thousands of pounds worth of softwashing equipment – before they've even got their first softwash contract ...

But in our experience, it's best to first invest only in the minimum amount of softwashing equipment you actually need to get going and earning good money.

Then, when you have some experience under your belt, and have a basic understanding of the softwashing business, it will be time to carefully think about what softwash market you want to aim for to expand your business.

What softwashing market do you want to focus on?

  • Domestic houses?
  • Commercial properties?
  • Renders?
  • Timber structures, eg decking, fences, sheds?
  • Paths & patios?
  • Roofs?
  • Tarmac drives
  • Tennis courts
  • Play areas?
  • Boats?

Another important question to get clear on is this: "Will your softwashing business be full-time or an add-on to another business (eg gardening, painting, roofing)?"

When you know exactly what you want from your business you can make a plan of how you intend to achieve that. And asking yourself clear, focused questions is the way to do that.

Then, when you have some experience under your belt, you can look to expand your business. Then, and only then, is the time to invest wisely in upgrading your softwash equipment.

Where will you buy your softwashing equipment?

Click here to visit our softwashing equipment page. Scroll to the foot of the page to find contact details for our recommended suppliers who will answer all your softwash equipment questions and suggest the most cost-effective set up for your present and projected business needs.

Quick tip: We do not sell softwash equipment (except Benz spray nozzles and Benz roof moss scrapers) so please direct your questions about softwashing equipment to our recommended suppliers.

We hope this information is helpful.


Ben, Leo & Fiona

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

2 Responses


November 20, 2018

Hi Gareth,

Yes, you can start with a backpack. Wear chemical resistant clothing as they can leak. Also fit your backpack with Viton chemical resistant seals.

Please download our Product Documentation Pack, which contains detailed information about calculating the amount of softwash product you will need for this job, and for all jobs to come (copy this link into your browser):

Depending on the severity of the infestation, and how fast your customer wants results, you may be wise to treat with Benz Lightning Cleanze first and follow up with Benz Bio Cleanze. This double treatment is important if your customer is going to seal the render, as if the surface is not fully sanitised he could end up sealing in spores.

If you send photos via we could advise further. (Also, using our email address is the best way to contact us ongoing).

I hope this info helps and wish you success with your new softwashing business.




November 20, 2018

Hi. I’ve been asked to softwash the front of two houses. They aren’t really that dirty to be fair. But he wants me to do it, so who am I to complain. He is then going to seal them.
I am only just starting out, and I only have a gardener backpack. Will this go for now?
Also, how much Benz bio clear will I need?
They are basic houses and standard height.

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