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🚨 Urgent Update: Insurance Now Requires Roof Cleaning to Prevent Moss Damage! Act Now! 🏠

By Mark Cave April 26, 2024

🚨 Urgent Update: Insurance Now Requires Roof Cleaning to Prevent Moss Damage! Act Now! 🏠

roof covered with moss in the United Kingdom, with an insurance inspector examining the roof from a scaffold.

In recent years, the maintenance of roof cleanliness has become not just a matter of aesthetic appeal but also a significant concern for homeowners and insurance companies across the UK. The presence of moss on roof tiles is more than a visual deterrent; it poses real threats to the structural integrity of roofs.

🛑 Why Clean Roofs Matter

Moss and organic growths on roofs are not merely unsightly; they are detrimental. These growths retain moisture against roof surfaces, leading to accelerated wear and tear. During winter, the water trapped by moss freezes and expands, potentially cracking tiles and allowing water ingress, which can lead to expensive repairs. Insurance companies have recognized these risks, increasingly insisting on regular roof maintenance to prevent moss-related damages and to ensure the longevity of roofing materials.

💧 The Role of Softwashing

Softwashing comes into play as a gentle yet effective method to clean roofs and exterminate moss without the potential damage caused by high-pressure washing. This method uses a low-pressure delivery system to apply a mixture of sodium hypochlorite and specialized surfactants, such as 'Clever Wash', to kill moss, algae, and other organic materials effectively.

🌿 Benefits of Softwashing Roofs

  1. Effectiveness Against Moss: Unlike traditional pressure washing, softwashing addresses the root of the problem, killing moss and preventing its regrowth effectively.

  2. Longevity and Safety: Softwashing does not only clean the roof but also ensures that tiles are not damaged in the process, preserving the roof’s longevity and structural integrity.

  3. Preventive Maintenance: Regular softwashing can prevent the accumulation of organic growths, thus avoiding the gradual degradation of roofing materials.

🛡️ Incorporating Biocides for Longer Protection

After softwashing, applying biocides like 'Biocide Soft Wash Pro 50' can provent recolonisation to keep roofs clean for longer. These biocides help in preventing the immediate return of moss and algae, thereby extending the time between necessary cleans.

📊 Case Studies and Results

Several case studies have shown that roofs maintained through softwashing do not only stay cleaner for longer but also require fewer repairs over their lifetimes. The use of softwashing and biocides as part of a regular maintenance schedule can significantly reduce overall maintenance costs and extend the life of the roof.

🏡 Conclusion

For exterior cleaning contractors, offering roof cleaning services using softwashing techniques provides a substantial value-added proposition to homeowners and commercial property managers. Not only does it ensure compliance with insurance requirements, but it also serves as a preventive measure that maintains the aesthetic and functional aspects of properties.

Moss Guard Pro Green Growth Inhibitor in a 5-liter container, specially formulated to prevent moss and algae growth on outdoor surfaces

As this industry grows, staying informed and adopting the best practices in roof cleaning and moss removal will position any exterior cleaning business as a leader in sustainable property maintenance. For homeowners, choosing a contractor who understands the importance of roof maintenance is crucial in safeguarding their property investments against the unpredictable UK weather.

✨ What Next?

If you are a contractor or a property owner looking to learn more about effective roof cleaning methods or require professional softwashing products, visit SoftWash UK for expert advice and solutions tailored to your needs

Best Regards 

Mark Cave

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Soft Wash Calculator App

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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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