How do you softwash wet pour safety surfaces and keep children safe?

May 31, 2019 2 Comments


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Ben Hawkins softwashing chilren's play area – wet pour safety surface–with Benz Lightning Cleanze

A customer asked us, "Could you recommend the most effective product to softwash wet pour safety surfaces?"

We replied: Benz Lightning Cleanze applied to a wet pour surface at 10-5:1 dilution will do a brilliant job.

What's the best way to rinse softwash chemicals from a wet pour safety surface

Either a regular hose pipe or pressure washer set to low pressure and/or fitted with a fan jet nozzle, held well back from the surface a good foot or so, will do an excellent job of rinsing.

We can't state a specific quantity of water to use for rinsing – just use copious amounts until all chemical residue has been thoroughly diluted and washed away. Letting the surface to dry before allowing the children back is an additional safety precaution.

What's the best way to protect children when softwashing a wet pour safety surface?

The good news is that Lightning Cleanze is not classified as harmful or corrosive to skin at 5:1 – just a mild irritant. But we strongly recommend that contractors take no chances given that children will be playing on the newly clean, softwashed wet pour surfaces.

As there is a very small possibility that the product could affect the more sensitive skin of a child, we believe all possible safety precautions should be taken.

So we suggest allowing a full 60 minutes for the product to activate before rinsing and allowing to dry.

Take into account the ambient temperature, as softwash chemicals increase in strength the hotter it gets.

And, hopefully this is obvious, keep children away from the working and mixing areas at all times.


Before softwashing a children's play area – a wet pour safety surface – with Benz Lightning Cleanze

 

 After softwashing a children's play area – a wet pour safety surface – with Benz Lightning Cleanze

After softwashing children's play area - wet pour safety surface - with Benz Lightning Cleanze

 

Can wet pour safety surfaces be power/pressure washed?

Power washing can get the worst of the filth off, but ... you need to be very careful because too high a pressure can damage the surface.

And of course pressure washing alone will not kill the spores, which means that the wet pour surface will rapidly recolonise.

Quick tip: Using Lightning Cleanze before using a power washer will kill most of the spores.

Pre-treatment will also enable a much lower water pressure to be used, thus safeguarding the surface. Most of the time, when a power washer is only used for rinsing, the pressure can be set to tap water level.

We are pleased to report that, after using this approach to softwash a wet-pour safety surface, the children are enjoying their newly cleaned recreation area and are playing happily and safely.

We hope this information is helpful.

Cheers,

Ben, Leo & Fiona

PS: Always treat a small test patch first to determine the optimum dilution for the specific wet pour surface you are treating.

 

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2 Responses

Leo
Leo

April 26, 2021

Hi Jack,

We don’t understand your question because you replied to our Trade Tips article that details our approach to soft washing play areas. In the article we state that Benz Lightning Cleanze is the best product to use. If you have a specific question please either post here or send an email to support@benzsoftwash.com

You can order all our products directly from the product pages on our website and we will deliver to anywhere in the UK.

Jack
Jack

April 26, 2021

Hi I was looking for some advice

Been doing few of these kids soft play areas having to jet wash seems to take along time when having to cover a big area I was wondering if their was any solutions u used also as we currently just use a jet wash on the rubber play area floor and having to get quite close only doing small area at a time
We are in uk and was wondering if their was a similar brand over here u knew about thanks for ur help in advance

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