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 ...
We found that even though it had been stored for several months after opening (which we do not recommend - this was only a test to see how far we could push the product), and when diluted 50:50, it still worked brilliantly well.
Quick tip: We normally store Tornado Cleanze unopened, in as cool a place as possible, and keep it away from direct sunlight and other sources of heat. This is because sodium hypochlorite degrades rapidly when exposed to air – e.g. from an opened container – and hot storage conditions.
Because of the chemical nature of sodium hypochlorite. The lower the available chlorine, the longer will be its shelf life. So because Tornado Cleanze contains 5% available chlorine, its shelf life is many times that of swimming pool SH, which is commonly 15%. And of course it is much, much safer to use.
Also, the highly specialised surfactant keeps the product stable. It took over a year of trial and error experimentation, numerous trials, and the input from two industrial chemists, to find a surfactant that worked effectively to our high standards.
Quick tip: There are over 2000 different surfactants on the market, most of which react badly with SH, creating unstable mixtures with a short shelf life and poor performance.
The thick gel nature of Tornado Cleanze makes it safer than thinner products to use in close proximity to plant life because, being a gel, it has a low propensity for splashing and dripping.
The gel reduces the chances of splashing adjacent plants – making it an excellent choice for customers who are fond of their gardens. And of course for use by professional gardeners and cleaning contractors.
Quick tip: The gel keeps the active ingredient in contact with the contaminating spores, where we want it. This increases its effectiveness, rather than having it run off into adjacent lawns and flower beds, as is inevitably the case with thinner products.
It's important to remove as much surfactant as possible from the paths and patio before treating with Bio Cleanze biocide. The surfactant is fully biodegradable but can inhibit the action of the biocide. Sometimes there can be a lot of foaming but this dissipates in a few days.
It can be a good idea to leave the surface for several weeks following treatment with Tornado Cleanze, to ensure the majority of the surfactant has been washed away through natural weathering.
Yes, but given the large amount of surfactant in Tornado Cleanze, we recommend Benz Lightning Cleanze for pre-painting preparation.
Rinsing Lightning Cleanze is quick and easy, and therefore the painted surface will be quickly ready for repainting.
Tornado Cleanze will get concrete paths and patios wonderfully clean, very quickly.
Then, to keep your customer's property permanently clean, offer theme an ongoing "Clean & Maintain" service using Benz Bio Cleanze.
We hope this information about softwashing concrete paths and patios with Tornado Cleanze inspires you to succeed in your softwashing business.
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July 21, 2021
We use pencil jets in our brushes because we've found they don't clog or break as much as fan jets.
In the case of the Gardiner 45cm brush we use four of them. We turn the pump down so the flow rate is acceptable and does not produce much run-off.
Flow control at the pole is still critical however. Click the link on this page to learn about the solution we've found to be so successful ...
July 15, 2021
July 10, 2021
Some customers have wondered why we add IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) to Benz Bio Cleanze. So we thought we'd clear this up and clarify the situation once and for all.
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