November 02, 2019
A customer asked us: "A surveyor has specified the softwashing of render with Benz Lightning Cleanze and to mask the windows. What is your experience of masking windows and window frames when applying Lightning Cleanze at 5:1 on render, with some overspray and run-off inevitably going onto the windows and frames?"
Ben replied: I've never masked up windows and I've never had any long-term issues with window frames or the glass. In hot weather the glass can look unsightly for a short time until you rinse off but our softwash products have never caused any damage.
A temporary colour change can occur on white uPVC – for example on certain frames, facia, and soffit – in hot weather and strong sunlight. This is caused by the increased reactivity of Lightning Cleanze in heat and direct sunlight. The uPVC will return to normal after 2 to 48 hours, depending on the strength of your mix.
To stop this happening I have a hosepipe or pressure washer with rinsing nozzle on hand ready to rinse off any product that gets on the frames..
My advice is to treat a small, out of the way, test area of a window and window frame. Then show the surveyor and explain that this is all that will result from overspray onto the frame.
Quick tip: If the surveyor insists on using masking tape, then check the windows and frames will not react to it. Also, in my experience of painting houses, it is best practice to get the tape off as soon as possible because the adhesive can bake onto the frames in hot weather and it can be a pain to remove.
We hope this information is helpful,
Ben, Leo and Fiona
PS: After completing the first softwash treatment, put your customer on a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintence programme.
Customers will enjoy a permanently clean property and contractors will enjoy a steady stream of repeat business. A win-win arrangement for both customer and contractor.
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April 01, 2021
We recently tested – just out of curiosity – some old Tornado Cleanze that was nearly two months past it's best-by date. We wanted to find out how long it could be stored for and still produce effective results. And stored badly at that ...
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March 11, 2021
Cleaning caravans and mobile homes is an excellent soft washing market.
The process is simple and straight-forward. And cleaning several on the same day can be highly profitable.
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March 04, 2021
Huge thanks to all our customers for your loyalty in making Benz your softwash product supplier of choice. We appreciate the fact that so many of our trade customers come back to us week after week, month after month, year after year.
And by way of practical appreciation, we've decided to no longer pro-actively seek domestic customers for our products and will not knowingly sell products to the customers of our trade customers, i.e. those who want to play around with d.i.y.
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