January 03, 2017
A customer told us, “I’ve seen videos of softwashing roofs in which the softwashing contractor uses a spray lance to shoot the chemical up from the ground. They don't brush the softwashing chemical into the surface. They just spray on the softwash solution, leave for a while, coat again, then rinse off with water."
The videos you’ve seen likely show sodium hypochlorite being used at dangerously high levels of available chlorine.
The available chlorine concentrations being irresponsibly used are often 4%, 6% or even higher, which are toxic to the operator, customers, animals and our environment.
We do not recommend using any sodium hypochlorite-based softwashing chemical at these strengths. This is because the potential risk to persons and property far outweigh any short-term gain.
And we do not recommend high pressure spraying, or “shooting-up”, of softwash chemicals from the ground.
There is too great a likelihood of the product damaging nearby property through spray drift and run-off.
And the health of the operator can be adversely affected by the long-term ingestion of chlorine fumes and exposure to spray drift, which can harm lungs, throat, eyes and skin.
It is said by some that higher concentrations of softwash chemicals are fine to use if you are wearing the correct PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
However, according to the actual Health & Safety legislation, when mitigating risk PPE should be used only as a “last resort”.
The law states that “Wherever there are risks to health and safety that cannot be adequately controlled in other ways, the Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 require PPE”.
Quick tip: It is not possible to simply spray a roof from the ground and expect heavy biological growths such as moss and lichen to disappear, without using dangerously high concentrations of chlorine.
The likelihood of something going seriously wrong when applying very strong chlorine solutions is high – a burst hose or a leaking fitting are just two examples – and in our view this risk is too great to take chances.
Considering that the same cleaning effect can be achieved using lower concentrations of softwashing chemicals, why should a contractor risk their health, their customer’s health, and risk damaging the surfaces they are cleaning?
Ben – the creator and owner of Benz Softwash – tells his softwashing customers that he could use extremely strong softwashing chemicals.
But he then goes on to tell them that the risk to his health, his employee’s health, his customer’s health, and possibility of damage to his customer’s property is just too great.
Ben’s customers are always happy about this once he clearly explains the reality of the situation. And they are delighted with the soft washing process and the results he gives them.
Click here to read learn the safe and effective way to softwash roofs
We hope this information is helpful and inspires you to succeed in your softwash business.
Ben, Leo & Fiona
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May 08, 2021
In this video we install the water tanks. They will be used for window cleaning and for small soft washing jobs.
We also organise a storage system for our water fed pole brushes, upgrade the van interior lighting and start work on construction an internal ladder rack.
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April 21, 2021
Several customers have asked about the difference between Benz Tornado Cleanze and Lightning Cleanze. The active ingredient in both (sodium hypochlorite) is the same, so why choose one product over the other?
Want to know why? Click the link on this page to find out ...
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 ...
Want to know what happened? (the results even surprised us)
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