September 11, 2018
A customer asked about the best way to softwash boat slipways and jetties.
The first question we asked was, "Does the slipway lead into freshwater or saltwater?"
The surfactant in both products is biodegradable and after activation the formulas break down into ordinary salt and water.
We recommend a light jet washing first with clean water (nothing added) to clear away the worst of the organic material that slipways inevitably accumulate.
Clearing loose matter away through a light jet washing allows the softwash cleaning products to act more effectively on the cause of the colonisation – i.e. biological growths such as algae and lichen.
Quick tip: Treat the slipway at the very beginning of low-tide, which will ensure the products can work most effectively for the longest time on the maximum surface area – and will give you the maximum time to spray, brush and rinse.
If the slipway leads into freshwater then don't use Lightning Cleanze or Tornado Cleanze as the run-off could harm aquatic life.
For a freshwater slipway we suggest applying Benz Bio Cleanze biocide at 40-50:1 (winter:summer) after a light jet washing to remove loose matter.
If the water is near an estuary and is tidal, treat the slipway or jetty at the very lowest point of the tide, to allow maximum exposure time for Bio Cleanze to work.
Application: Spray Bio Cleanze very carefully, using a Benz 6.5 nozzle, on a dry and reasonably wind-free day, keeping the chemical on the slipway, and avoiding overspray into the water.
Brush Bio Cleanze into areas of heavy colonisation to ensure the full biofilm has been treated effectively.
Safety tip: Ensure children and animals are kept away from the working area until the surface has thoroughly dried out.
Bio Cleanze is bio-degradable and by working in a careful and responsible way, the harbour master, boat owners and our environment will be happy with the completed soft washing of the slipway or jetty.
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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