August 18, 2021
As far as we know, Benz Lightning Cleanze is the only sodium hypochlorite based softwash solution that has been fully approved by the HSE and PRCD for the cleaning of exterior hard surfaces. As such it is the only sodium hypochlorite soft washing product that can legally be called a biocide.
The main one is that all "home chemistry" hypo mixes are illegal in the UK and Ireland, even those that use commercially available surfactant/scent mixes that are added to non-approved industrial hypo. This is not our opinion but a fact, as stated to us in writing by the HSE in the UK and PRCD in Ireland:
Unfortunately, the HSE and PRCD are not currently (Aug 2021) enforcing the legislation around the use of industrial sodium hypochlorite. Hence the reason many contractors think they can get away with using it and are safe.
But in our view this is a false notion of safety, which will cease to exist altogether when a customer or employee suffers a serious injury from the use of unapproved hypo.
As we all know, like it or not the H&S laws today are extremely tough and in the event of an injury it is highly likely that contractors could be prosecuted and fined. H&S inspectors even have the power to shut down businesses who break the law.
Sadly, the latest long-term studies of swimming pool attendants, who frequently inhale the fumes from hypo when disinfecting the water, show that they are exhibiting signs of lung damage due to their breathing in chlorine fumes. This danger is also present when mixing raw hypo with additives such as surfactants and scents – and is much reduced by choosing to use Lightning Cleanze.
We've been officially told that there's an international investigation going on into the commercial uses of hypo and that tougher legislation is in the pipeline. What we don't have as yet is a date for the enactment of that legislation. But when it comes it will likely impose similar stringent legal criteria to that already in place for DDAC based biocides such as Benz Bio Cleanze.
We just hope and pray that it will not take a serious injury to a child before the authorities finally take action to stop the widespread misuse of industrial hypo.
Compared to a 15% hypo mix (15% is the most commonly available strength) Lightning Cleanze has a longer shelf life and is much safer to use.
This is because Lightning Cleanze is
In terms of business profitability Lightning Cleanze also has advantages
We hope this information is helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business.
Ben, Leo, Fiona, Stevie & Anthony
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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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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.
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