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Demystifying Sodium Hypochlorite in Soft Washing 🧪 🧼

By Mark Cave May 07, 2024

Demystifying Sodium Hypochlorite in Soft Washing 🧪 🧼

sodium hypochlorite for softwashing

Soft washing is a revolutionary method in exterior cleaning industry. However, navigating through the complex world of the associated chemicals, particularly sodium hypochlorite, can sometimes feel like attempting to untie a Gordian knot. Today, we aim to unravel the intricacies and answer commonly asked questions about sodium hypochlorite in the realm of soft washing. Let’s get started! 🚀


What is Sodium Hypochlorite?

Sodium Hypochlorite, often dubbed as 'liquid bleach,' is a powerful disinfectant widely used in soft washing. It is effective in removing dirt, mold, mildew, and algae, making it a go-to choice for professional SoftWash UK Ltdcleaners. But the crucial question is, what is sodium hypochlorite? Let's talk about that in detail.

Is Using Sodium Hypochlorite to Softwash Legal?🕵️‍♂️

Yes! The use of sodium hypochlorite in soft washing is entirely legal. However, correct handling of this chemical is essential to ensure safety and compliance with environmental regulations. But why is there a question of legality surrounding sodium hypochlorite in soft washing in the first place? An interesting query, don't you think?

Can Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach Surfaces?⚠️

While this potent chemical is totally safe for use, you might wonder: Will sodium hypochlorite bleach surfaces? The answer is, it can, but a well-prepared sodium hypochlorite mix and the right application method can prevent unwanted bleaching.

Can You Use Sodium Hypochlorite to Clean Wood?🪵🤷‍♂️

Yes, indeed! Sodium hypochlorite is a highly effective to clean wood. However, using the right wood brightener post-cleaning helps restore the natural appearance of the wood. So, can you use sodium hypochlorite to clean wood? Absolutely!

Rinsing When Soft Washing: The Great Debate 👨‍🔬

Should one rinse after applying the soft wash solution? This question has sparked a great debate in our industry. While rinsing when soft washing is typically suggested, certain situations might require a different approach. Head over to our podcast for a detailed discussion.

Can Sodium Hypochlorite Kill Plants?🌿☠️

It is crucial to know the potential impact of your washing solution on the surrounding environment. Unsurprisingly, the question, "Can soft washing kills plants?" is a common query. Let's answer that....

Hoping to learn more about Soft Washing? 🧼 💦

Visit our website for an extensive collection of cleaning chemicals, equipment, and more! You can also tune into our SoftWash UK Podcast for more insights.

Ready to Dive into the World of Soft Washing? 💪 🌊

Join our SoftWash Training Course and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to deliver the best possible exterior cleaning services. Let's start your journey together 😊.

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Softwashing calculator is an indispensable tool for juggling complicated chemical mixes. It helps reduce wastage and keeps operating costs down by giving accurate proportions

If you are having difficulty getting your head around the maths, trying to work out what percentage of softwash you need, how much chemical, surfactant and water to add, then this is the App for you.



The Soft Wash Calculator App allows you to work out your soft wash recipe by telling you exactly how much chemical, how much water and how much surfactant to add to get the desired soft wash recipe.
It doesn't stop there!.
- It can also remix your leftover softwash to a new stronger or weaker recipe.
- all controls in one place for see at a glance operation
- ease of input via pre-loaded dials. no more calculator style typing
- instantly responds to changes of complex combinations
- works in both Litres and US Gallons
- tested for Protan and Deutan colourblind users
- links to SoftwashingUK website

Take this scenario
You started with a 1% soft wash recipe of 50 gal (or litres)  for a deck clean and you’re left with 13 gallons.

You get a call from a prospective customer to clean their roof. Past experience tells you a 4% soft wash recipe is needed, but what about your leftover mix at 1%?.

Do you waste time and effort driving back to base to transfer into a standby tank?
You could consider the 13 gal as just water, top up the tank and start again.  
But that’s throwing away the value of the mix and raising your overhead.

Soft Wash Calculator App to the rescue.

You get to the new job and it requires 100 gal / litres.
Switch into remix mode , confirming the 13 gal already in the tank
Move the dials to your new recipe and the app immediately updates the different amounts to add in front of your eyes including the correct amount of extra surfactant.

You now have a 100 gal / litres tank of 4% soft wash recipe ready for your roof clean job!

Not forgetting you’ve saved money too, all without stress and uncertainty . Don’t underestimate what confident calmness has on your customer putting out referrals.

The same applies if you have a 4% recipe left in your tank and you need to dilute it down to 2%. Again the app will tell you how.

Softwashing calculator will also work for any chemical recipe. For instance you can use it for Sodium Hypochlorite, Bleach, Biocide , TFR traffic film remover and degreaser. Even the mathematically-challenged rocket scientist can top up their booster tanks to new fuel mixes after launch delays caused by changing weather conditions.

Using this app you will know exactly what chemical strength to put on any surface giving you the confidence and the knowledge of a professional soft washer and you’ll save money as well.

So if you have little knowledge of how to mix a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.
If you have little knowledge of how to remix a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.
If you want to save money when mixing a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.

This app is also backward compatible to devices running iOS7. We've done this so you can re-purpose an old iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 5  for what could be hazardous work environments. Just toss one in your cleaning van's toolkit.

Once you learn the methods and procedures of how to apply the soft wash to the different surfaces that need cleaning you’ll be unstoppable!

The app also has  a guide to what percentage for what surface. And if you are the lucky owner of a Clever Injector it will remind you the correct setting for the job.
However you should always consider and risk assess what soft wash recipe you need to clean the surface.

** A major iOS code-base change may require a re-purchase. The appiverse at the time will confirm our promise that we won't do so unless the necessity is apparent.



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