October 04, 2016
We've been asked: "How long would you advise that humans and animals are kept away from a treated area after a softwashing, so they will be safe from ingesting softwash chemicals?"
Our written response: "We advise that customers, members of the public, children and animals stay away from softwashed surfaces until they are dry (Benz Bio Cleanze) or have been thoroughly rinsed (Benz Lightning Cleanze).
This is the safest option and ensures protection for everyone.
"We suggest cordoning off the entire softwashing site with barrier tape or similar until the job is complete and you are satisfied that the area is safe.
Ask your customers to keep children and pets indoors, or at another location, for the duration of treatment so they are safely out of harm’s way.
And of course, do remember to mop up any spillages of softwash chemicals before leaving the site.
Quick tip: If you are using a softwash injector system we've found it a good idea to place the drum of undiluted chemical in a small plastic box (a "bund"). This will contain any leaks or spillages that can occur, especially when removing the injector pipe.
If you are applying Lightning Cleanze, ensure the working area is thoroughly rinsed before leaving the site.
If you are applying Bio Cleanze this should not be rinsed from treated surfaces but allowed to dry. It will be safe for humans and animals once dry. And if children and/or animals are likely to use the surface, treat at a maximum dilution of 50:1.
2) Always pre and post drench all plant life that may come into contact with softwash chemicals. As well as protecting the plants this will ensure that children and animals will not be harmed by touching the plants. Click here to read more about protecting your customer's plant life
We hope this information is helpful.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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