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Once And For All: What Exactly Is Surfactant? 🧪

By Mark Cave February 12, 2024

Once And For All: What Exactly Is Surfactant? 🧪

Let's dive into what a surfactant is and how it revolutionises the cleaning industry - especially the profession we love and breathe: soft washing. 🏡

What Exactly Is Surfactant? How it works


What is A Surfactant? 🤔

A surfactant, or surface active agent, is a substance that reduces the surface tension between two things - liquid, solid, or gas. This process makes it easier for molecules to interact with each other, benefitting all manners of cleaning products, like some magical potion. 🧙🔮

Surfactant: The Soft Washing Hero 🦸‍♂️

When it comes to soft washing, surfactants are like caped heroes! 🦸‍♂️ They ensure the even distribution of cleaning solutions, like Clever Wash Surfactant, across the surface being cleaned, ensuring every nook and cranny receives love and attention, just like our beloved Soft Wash Chemicals.

How Surfactants Work: MAGIC! 🌟

To put it plainly, a surfactant does its magic by attaching itself to the dirt or stain, breaking it up, and washing it away. Voila! 👋 Surfactants are the heart and soul of effective exterior cleaning products, including Clever Wash Surfactant. It’s like they wave a magical cleaning wand and restore surfaces to their original beauty.

Surfactant isn't Just For Cleaning 🌈

You might be surprised to learn that surfactants aren’t just for cleaning. They’re used in a wide range of industries including cosmetics, mining, food preparation, and even firefighting! 🚒❗ Can you believe that the same substance that keeps your home's exteriors spick and span also enhances the work of heroes taming wild fires?

Learning is Power 🔥

Isn't it fun to dive into the science behind the solutions we use daily in the cleaning industry? Knowledge is, indeed, power - and applied knowledge is a game-changer. Check out more fascinating facts and discussions on our "What Is Surfactant?" episode in the SoftWash UK Podcast.

A Little More Soap From The Box 🧼

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of understanding the products we use. This goes a long way in improving both the efficiency and safety of our operations. For more insights, enrol for our Soft Wash Training Course or even do a Self Study At Home.

Lets Wrap This Up 🎬

Surfactants play a huge role in our Soft Washing process, enhancing the efficacy of our cleaning solutions. Try out the magic of surfactants with our Clever Wash Surfactant. Feel free to also check out our other Soft Wash Chemicals. We guarantee that they live up to their Super hero reputation! 👊💥

Thank you for joining us in this deep-dive on surfactants. Now let's get cleaning! Dive right into SoftWash UK Ltd and let the transformation begin! 👏🔧💖

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

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You could consider the 13 gal as just water, top up the tank and start again.  
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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.

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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.
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