August 11, 2021 2 Comments
A customer who was used to using steam and hot water cleaning systems, asked us, "Can you heat your biocides – Bio Cleanze, Lightning Cleanze and Perma Cleanze – to around 60 degrees, or will this deteriorate the chemical?"
We replied: We don't use hot water delivery systems because we've found them to be unnecessary when our soft washing products are applied according to the instructions and in temperatures above 8 degrees.
Our experience is that the time and expense involved in pre-heating is generally not worth it because our products do an excellent job without. (The header photo attests to this, a very challenging job where we removed heavy black lichen that had been allowed to grow into the patio for several years)
In exceptionally cold conditions pre-heating may be useful, but then only to around 20 degrees (room temperature).
We suggest not warming biocides above 20 degrees because their chemical structure will start to degrade. The chemical changes would impact on our application data (dilution rates for example) which would then need to be re-evaluated.
Also, chemicals generally become more reactive when heated, so bear this in mind from a health and safety point of view.
Quick tip: Biocides tend to work more optimally at higher ambient temperatures. At lower temperatures, down to around 8 degrees, they still work but will take a longer to activate. So taking into account the expected ambient temperature is an important factor when pricing a new contract and planning work schedules.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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