What's the difference between Tornado Cleanze and Lightning Cleanze?

April 21, 2021 2 Comments

Benz Tornado Cleanze & Benz Lightning Cleanze - for cleaning window sills and capping stones colonised by algae
What is the difference between Benz Tornado Cleanze and Lightning Cleanze? Why choose one product over the other? It's crucially important for all soft wash contractors to know this.

What is Tornado Cleanze?

Tornado Cleanze is a thick gel used for removing particularly tough staining, mainly (though not exclusively) black and red. It comes into it's own when cleaning stone or concrete window sills and surrounds, stone or concrete capping stones, etc. 

The gel allows Tornado Cleanze to "stick" to surfaces for longer, increasing it's effectiveness through prolonged contact. This quality is especially valuable when cleaning the vertical uprights of window surrounds, badly colonised render and garden walls.

It can be used to "spot clean" areas of severe residual staining if, after an initial treatment with our Lightning Cleanze biocide, results show this to be necessary.

It also has an exceptional ability to remove "black spot" (black lichen) staining from paths and patios.

What is Lightning Cleanze?

Lightning Cleanze is a biocide and is thinner, enabling it to be easily applied via a water fed pole (WFP). It is used for the first biocidal treatment of exterior hard surfaces, particularly wall render, when a faster result is needed than Bio Cleanze alone can offer.

Lightning Cleanze is used on any surface when the colonisation is too severe for it to be practicable to use Bio Cleanze as a first treatment. First use of Lightning Cleanze is particularly appropriate when a customer wants the fastest possible result.

Once a surface has been properly treated and the biofilm removed using Lightning Cleanze and, if necessary Tornado Cleanze, ongoing Bio Cleanze biocide treatments – using our "Clean & Maintain" softwash systems – are usually all that is required to keep a property permanently clean.

Benz "Clean & Maintain" softwash systems

Offering your customers a "Clean & Maintain" ongoing maintenance programme is a win-win service. It gives your customers a permanently clean property and you, the contractor, a source of regular repeat business.

The Benz Product Documentation & Application Guides

We've detailed the dilution ratios and activation times for all our products on the individual product pages and in our Product Documentation Pack


Click the links below to get information about soft washing render:

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  1. General info on soft washing roofs
  2. Specific issues relating to soft washing roofs

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You can order Benz Softwash chemicals & equipment online or by phone:

GB (England, Scotland, Wales)

Phone: 0800 70 74 222 

Online: www.benzsoftwash.co.uk

Ireland and other countries

Phone: 00353 214 622 978

Online: www.benzsoftwash.com

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Please note: The above numbers are for orders only (click here for tech support)

We hope this information is helpful and sincerely wish you great success in your soft washing business,

Benz Team

PS: After completing the first 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 both customer and contractor.


Click here to explore the extensive range of Benz softwash cleaning chemicals & equipment

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

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May 24, 2021

Hi Conor,

Copy and paste this link into your browser to find our Trade Tips articles on soft washing man-made slates. They will answer all your questions. Alternatively type “man-made slates” into our in-site search engine to bring them up.


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May 24, 2021

Hi Ben what is the best product to get rid of black staining on man made slats? How long after treating does it usually take for the staining to disappear thanks Conor.

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