March 31, 2023
We are frequently asked to explain the difference between soft washing and pressure (aka power, or jet) washing. So in this post we explain the basics to help clarify the situation.
Soft washing is the process of removing unwanted biological growths, and the unsightly staining they produce, from external hard surfaces such as walls, roofs, paths and drives, car parks, gravestones, poly-tunnels, tennis courts, wood decking, greenhouses, conservatories, and so on.
Once restored, a light annual treatment with Bio Cleanze biocide is usually all that's needed to keep surfaces looking great all year round. You can achieve this by offering your customers a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing soft washing service.
The solution to the problems of pressure washing is, fortunately, simplicity itself. Just apply Bio Cleanze as a post treatment following pressure washing, which will kill the remaining spores, ensuring much longer lasting results.
And the really great news is that Bio Cleanze imparts a degree of residual protection against re-colonisation to all porous surfaces. This is something that is completely impossible to achieve through power washing alone, or by using bleach as a cleaning agent.
The harm that power washing can do to delicate materials – sandstone for example – needs to be considered (even concrete can be damaged by using too high a pressure). This is crucially important for listed buildings.
So if you use a power washer it’s wise to use the lowest effective pressure – even on apparently tough surfaces like concrete and tarmac – and then post-treat with Bio Cleanze.
Quick tip: Lightning Cleanze biocide produces results in only a few minutes and is an excellent first treatment to give your customers the fast results they want and expect. Lightning Cleanze can often be used instead of pressure washing to remove the worst of the surface infestation.
Following up with a treatment of Bio Cleanze continues the cleaning through time and imparts valuable residual protection, which means your customers will enjoy longer-lasting results from your cleaning of their property.
For long-term maintenance – ensuring surfaces look great all year round – a regular treatment with Bio Cleanze is by far the best and most cost-effective option
We hope this information is helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business,
Ben and the Benz Team
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PS: Click here to set up your "Clean & Maintain" programme. After completing an initial soft wash treatment, put your customer on a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintenance programme. Your customers will enjoy a permanently clean property and you will enjoy a steady stream of repeat business.
This is clearly a win-win arrangement for you and your customers.
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