November 22, 2016
Several customers have asked us for our suggestions on the best way to remove lichen.
Lichen are the round white, brown, yellow and black spots that power washing alone will not remove. They grow on slate and concrete tiled roofs, as well as on concrete paths and monoblock drives.
And they can be very tough to remove.
Watch this video to learn the most effective way to remove lichen (scroll down to read our written response):
Our written response:
Lichen grow into, and attach themselves to, the surfaces of roofs, paths and walls.
Brush the softwash biocide in with a stiff brush.
Quick tip: Depending on the resilience of the surface a light jet wash can be helpful to quickly remove the dead lichen.
Then treat with Benz Bio Cleanze.
Bio Cleanze will continue working through time to kill any remaining lichen spores and provide residual protection against re-colonisation of lichen.
Benz soft washing how-to videos cover every aspect of soft washing. We show you how to soft wash domestic and commercial roofs, paths and drives, tarmac, concrete, walls, wall render (including KRend, Monocouche, Weber), wet pour safety surfaces, tennis courts, car parks, wood decking, fences, sheds and more ...
Our sincere wishes for a good life and a profitable business,
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.
Click the link on this page to learn how to treat asbestos ...
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.
Click the link on this page to watch the how-to video ...
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.
By educating the cleaning trade and public about soft washing we are helping develop an industry that offers sustainable treatments to clean and maintain exterior hard surfaces.
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