Some of our customers asked us about the disinfectant solution that we use, to get outdoor spaces like patios, pool screens and walls germ-free and if those disinfectants pose a hazard to plants around their home.
In my last email I made the mistake to say that we use a bleach-water solution, which was a typo. Though household bleach (the same that you use for your laundry) and pool chlorine are the same thing, the difference lies in their strength. Bleach is mainly a 6 % solution and used indoors. Chlorine is used in pools in a 10 - 12 % concentration. Swimming pool water contains viruses, bacteria, algae, germs and a variety of other nasty things. That’s why keeping your pool and surrounding area clean is important and chlorine is the best sanitizer for this task.
For best results we use a commercial grade chlorine-based solution with a 10% concentration of liquid chlorine, called Sodium Hypochlorite. This gets most stubborn stains off and disinfects well at the same time.
Allergic to Chlorine?
Now some might be allergic to chlorine and cannot tolerate this in their pool water. When it comes to cleaning around the house, we have a solution for this. In these cases we use a different product, which is a "natural" cleaning product called Oxygen Bleach. I have mentioned this is earlier articles on my website.
As much as I would love to always use green products like this particular one, the results don't satisfy expectations. It is well suited for DIY home use but not for a commercial company like ourselves. Most of our customers would not be happy with the less than perfect result. But it is the solution for customers with an allergy to chlorine.
Chlorine and Environmental Responsibilities
Using chlorine products comes with a responsibility for the environment: Before spraying your roof or siding, pool screen or patio, we thoroughly wet your plants around your home or cover them with tarp as needed. The amount of water we use to wash down any and all solution from surfaces is sufficient, to dilute the 10% chlorine solutions we applied even more. This procedure has not harmed any plants so far and I can assure you that it is the safest and most effective way to clean and sanitize your outdoor spaces.
When softwashing a roof, the main cleaning is done by chemicals. In this case, we use a gel of Sodium Hypochlorite (salt + hypochlorite acid) to avoid an early runoff of the product. It’s like putting shampoo on your head. That way it sits longer on the roof surface to do its job effectively. The gel has a stronger chlorine concentration depending on the grade of soiling, the type of roofing and many other factors. While the Sodium Hypochlorite loosens the dirt, our technician waters the plants around the house and stays alert to any runoff, which is washed down with a lot of fresh water immediately.
We clean outdoor areas regularly and thoroughly using a pressure washer. We are experienced and have a large customer base that gave us their genuine feedback which might also convince you to give us a try to clean your:
Think of it as a good excuse to finally get the outside of your house cleaned up.
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P.S.: If you do clean with bleach or chlorine yourself please make sure to never mix it with any other cleaning solution or liquid except cool water.
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