28, November, 2017

Softwashing boats – have you considered this huge market?

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Softwashing boats is a huge market that many softwashing contractors may not have considered. It's a specialist market composed of boat owners who already know they must spend a considerable amount of money on their hobby every year – and are happy to do so ...

Using Benz Oxy Cleanze gel to clean boats

Oxy Cleanze can be used on most marine surfaces including stainless steel. It can be used on GRP (Glass Reinforced Plastic) without affecting the gelcoat.

The photo below is of an extreme example of contamination of a GRP boat.

Clean GRP boats with OxyCleanze oxidation removal gel

We simply brushed Oxy Cleanze on.

Clean GRP boats with OxyCleanze oxidation remover

And after only 30 minutes wiped the surface clean.

Clean GRP boats with OxyCleanze oxidation remover gel

Quick tip: A pre-clean using Benz Lightning Cleanze on "rescue cleans" like this can be beneficial, as Lightning Cleanze will remove the worst of the heavy build-up of grime. Then Oxy Cleanze will take care of whatever remains.

Oxy Cleanze can be used to remove stubborn marks at the waterline and rust marks from fittings.

Softwashing boat hulls

Boats have to be lifted out of the water every year or so to have their hulls cleaned and repainted. So positioning your sotwashing service as one that boat owners could benefit from at this time will go down well. And of course this ensures that chemicals will not get into the water.


Application methods

Oxy Cleanze can be applied by brush or roller. We've found that brushing is easier and, using a wide brush, works best. Brushing can be very fast with 4-6 inch brush.

If you use a roller be very careful not to get spatters onto your body. This can happen without knowing about it at first.

For PPE, wear chemical resistant gloves and wrap-around eye protection at the very least and ensure all vulnerable skin surfaces are covered. We strongly recommend wearing a full face mask that also covers your hair.

Softwashing boat jetties

Boat jetties are often wood planked and so suffer from algae infestation. This makes them very slippery and, because they are adjacent to water, extremely dangerous.

Cleaning them up with a combination of light pressure washing and a treatment of Benz Bio Cleanze will endear you to all the boat owners. And the boatyard or marina owners will be happy because you will have helped them meet the stringent H&S regulations (they don't want customers slipping off their jetties and drowning ... )

Approaching boatyards and marinas

If you want to break into the softwashing boats market, go to where the boats are. We suggest talking to boat owners, hanging out in the clubhouse, and asking if you can place your posters on their noticeboards.

Also, make friends with boat chandlers and all companies involved with boats. It's a huge market. There are thousands of boat owners who are happy to pay considerable sums of money to enjoy their hobby.

We hope this information is helpful.


Ben, Leo & Fiona

Note: The rinse water from Lightning Cleanze should not be allowed to enter any fresh watercourse. It should however be fine to release into salt water as the active ingredient in the product breaks down on contact with organic matter into nothing more than water and salt, and the surfactant is biodegradable.

Bear in mind also that Bio Cleanze does not need rinsing, is fully biodegradable, contains no additional surfactant, and therefore will often be the most environmentally sound choice.

Benz Oxy Cleanze can easily be wiped off with a cloth.


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Benz Softwash Bio Cleanze DDAC biocide & Benz Softwash Lightning Cleanze SH sodium hypochlorite biocide