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Unleash the Cleaning Power: The Significance of Surfactants in Softwashing 🧼 💦

By Mark Cave June 17, 2024

Unleash the Cleaning Power: The Significance of Surfactants in Softwashing 🧼 💦

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Between maintaining the external appearance of your home and safeguarding the health of its occupants, cleaning is an undeniable necessity. But, the world of exterior cleaning is brimming with jargon that could bemuse the uninformed. Ever wondered about the term 'Surfactants'? You may have glimpsed it on the back of your cleaning bottle. Dive into this educational exploration of surfactants and how they catapult your cleaning endeavours to the next level, particularly in Softwashing. 💪🔍

What Is a Surfactant? 💁‍♀️

Surfactant, short for 'surface active agent', symbolises a substance that lowers the surface tension of the water, enabling it to mingle with oil and grease in dirt, hence making them easier to remove. Merely 'What Is Soft Washing' can constitute an involved process. But with Clever Wash Surfactant, you enhance its power manifolds.

Why Surfactants Are Significant in Softwashing 🌟

Let's break down why surfactants are necessary in exterior cleaning, assisting in vanishing stubborn greasy residue, reviving old wood, and ticking all boxes of a Soft Wash Training Course.

Break Down Grease 🍔

Softwashing, unlike pressure washing,, uses minimal pressure, relying on the strength of the solutions used. That's where surfactants come into play, breaking down the dirt's oil or grease layer. How? Surfactants have hydrophilic (water-attracting) and hydrophobic (water-repelling) ends. The hydrophobic end attaches to the oil/grease, while the hydrophilic end attaches to the water, effectively breaking down the grease.

Revives Old Wood 🪵

Wood, especially when old and ignored, can retain stubborn grease marks. This is where surfactants in softwashing solutions like Softwash Biocide 50% DDAC work wonders. They tackle both the grime and the biological elements that make the wood appear tired and aged. You may muse, 'can you use sodium hypochlorite to clean wood?' With a surfactant-infused solution, your wood cleaning frets can let up.

Checks All Boxes for a Clean Home 🏠

Be it oil stains on the driveway that may seem like a task for a 'Grenade Driveway, Oil Stain Remover' or pesky moss on the roof handled by a 'Moss Guard Pro. Green Growth Inhibitor', surfactants make cleaning easier, and within reach.

Taking Cleaning To the Next Level ✨

Surfactants, as we learned, play an instrumental role in supercharging your exterior cleaning pursuit—softwashing. So, why not reap the benefits of this potent ingredient in your next cleaning spree 🧹 🧽

Take Action Now 🎯

Want to learn more about Softwashing, or perhaps secure top-tier surfactants for your cleaning needs? Visit SoftWash UK Ltd today to make your home pristine clean, effortlessly and efficiently. "

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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
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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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