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Buyer's Guide to Fogging Machines




How does a fogging machine work?

The fogger uses pressure to create a fine mist (or fog) which is applied to the targeted area, the spray density typically being moderated by a manual valve to ensure the optimum effect. The fine fog can reach into corners and difficult areas and may also penetrate porous surfaces


Where can I buy strong or concentrated antiviral disinfectant for a fogging machine?

You can buy super concentrate, strong is not required, as long as the chemical components are effective to kill off the virus - The fogger uses pressure to create a fine mist (or fog) which is applied to the targeted area, the spray density typically being moderated by a manual valve to ensure the optimum effect. The fine fog can reach into corners and difficult areas and may also penetrate porous surfaces


How do I sanitise and disinfect a large room using an Infection Control Fogging Machine?

The best way to sanitise a large room quickly and completely is to use an appropriate size fogging machine, such as FO 500, which has a range of up to 10 metres and a variable switch to control the output of the antiviral sanitizing solution to maximise the coverage.


What area can I cover with an antiviral fogging machine and How long does it take to fog a room?

Most APT Fogging machines will cover a 1500 cubic metres room space in around 5-7 minutes.


How long do I have to remain out of a room before I can re-enter it safely after using a fogger machine?

We recommend 30 to 40 minutes after routine sanitising. However, rooms can be entered into around 20 minutes or less depending on atmospheric condition, heat, and ventilation.


How do I set up the chemical fogging machine to achieve the best micron size and coverage?

Generally the setting of the machine should be set around - ¼ to &frac12 of a turn or number 2-3 on the control switch. This provides droplets of around 30 microns which produces enough humidity to allow the antiviral disinfectant to fully cover the surfaces and sufficient contact time to allow the antiviral disinfectant to work. Atmospheric conditions influence drying times especially in hot summer.


“A good test is to first set up the fogging machine and use water this will allow you to get an accurate cover ratio and get used to the fogger. Spray the water solution through fogger machine into a room, above a table and check the level of coverage after allowing few minutes contact settlement. Then time how long it takes to dry off, it should be around 15 minutes. Adjust the chemical flow accordingly until satisfied on contact time/coverage."


What do I need to safely start fogging and sanitising with antiviral disinfectant?

You should have a full PPE safety pack; goggles, PPF3 mask, gloves, moisture resistant hooded coverall suit, this is included with most APT fogging starter packs.

Where you cannot purchase a coverall suit, you can use overalls/waterproof clothing and then put it through the washing machine.


What is the recommended procedure for my staff to carry out fogging?

When you purchase your starter packs from APT you will be provided with the full fogging procedure job method for carrying out disinfecting and sanitising.

It is recommended that you produce a full set of Rams H&S documents to comply with Risk Assessments protocols for you and your operatives. APT can produce generic Rams upon request.


What do you put in a disinfectant fogging machine?

We strongly advise that you use an antiviral disinfectant and sanitiser that has been tested against viruses and other harmful bacteria, we recommend APT Viro Kill, which is a Super Concentrated Disinfectant cleaner and sanitiser with a fast kill rate to fight against coronavirus.

Viro Kill is a powerful fast acting amphoteric terminal disinfectant is scientifically designed with a broad spectrum of activity and complies to BS EN14476, EN1276 & EN13697.

Viro Kill does not contain any harsh ingredients and can safely be used to treat and sanitise all hard surfaces and even most soft furnishings.

Viro Kill is food safe, so can be used in food manufacturing & processing plants.

Avoid using antiviral disinfectants that contain parasitic acid, hydrogen peroxide or sodium hypochlorite-based bleach disinfectants, these are very powerful, harsh chemicals and are not suitable for many internal surfaces. They can also affect machine performance and require extra safety precautions. They should only be used by a trained professional.


Do I need to turn off the air conditioning when fogging?



Can you use fogging machines for hospitals?

Yes, they, the hand held fogging machines are perfect for this purpose and all health care facilities, surgeries, dentists and clinics.


Does fogging kill coronavirus?

Yes, if you use the correct supporting antiviral disinfectant, Viro Kill, which is compatible with all our machines.


What is the difference between a dry fogging machine, a cold fogger, an electrostatic a ulv fogging machine?

Click here for information about the differences of each type of fogging machine.


What is the best fogging machine for large open areas or high ceilings voids?

This naturally requires a more powerful 8-10 metre reach to provide a good even spread dropping over air bourne organisms onto lower level surfaces.

Typical organisations - business centres, school rooms, leisure facilities, stadiums, lecture halls, churches and cinema rooms.

Our suggested models includes:



What is the best fogging machine used for smaller areas?

Areas with the lower ceiling voids up to 5 metres;

Typical organisations - restaurants, smaller hotels, offices, care homes, hospital wards, catering and food services, dental and surgery treatment rooms.

 Battery Operated Electrostatic - we advise this model if you have extra lower intricate surfaces and seating areas


Do’s and Don’ts when buying a commercial Fogging Machine


DO - Only buy from a reputable and legitimate supplier – a company who have experience of using such a machine. When you purchase from APT, you will receive expert advice and after sales service. We don’t only supply, our teams of specialist use the fogging machines for fumigation via our Infection Control Division.

DON'T - Beware of new start-up companies or unconnected business traders who have simply set up to take advantage of from this situation. Always check out the supplier’s credentials and EXPERTISE, proper web address, contact details and how long they have been trading.

Avoid overseas purchases. they may seem cheap on the face of it, however you can encounter long delivery delays, import customs costs, poor aftersales issues or not receiving the goods at all. Check that the fogger is in stock. Delays of up to 5- 6-weeks are typical after your pre-payment order!!

Only buy from a reputable and legitimate supplier – a company who have experience of using such a machine. When you purchase from APT, you will receive expert advice and after sales service. We don’t only supply, our teams of specialist use the fogging machines for fumigation via our Infection Control Division.


APT Fogging machines are for sale UK and in stock ready for delivery direct from our UK warehouse.


The Benefits of a Fogging Machine in Sanitisation

The Benefits of a Fogging Machine in Sanitisation

This year, the Covid-19 pandemic has placed the urgency of deep cleaning and sanitisation front and centre in all settings; whether domestic, industrial, educational or social. An epidemic as virulent and far reaching as this one has been has created the requirement for a new way of making sure every surface is deep cleaned and any trace of the virus eliminated.

Fogging machines are often used in pest control but virus elimination is one of the areas in which fogging machines excel. Is it time you considered investing in one?


How Does a Fogging Machine Work?

The versatility of a fogger means that it can be carried easily by one person to reach into every nook and cranny of the area to be cleaned. The machine works by using valve-regulated pressure to expel a fine targeted mist of anti-bacterial and disinfecting chemicals to areas as diverse as hard surfaces or porous textiles, and into the air ensuring a thorough treatment to control disease and odour at the same time. Some fogging machines can spray up to 12 metres in distance.

Fogging machines are proving their worth as effective and efficient sanitisers when used with an antiviral disinfectant, a specialist chemical which is capable of quickly killing a wide range of pathogenic viruses, and this makes them particularly suitable for clinical environments.


Where Can I Use a Fogging Machine?

Because they are effective on a wide variety of hard and soft surfaces the sanitising capabilities of a fogger are especially good in hospitals, GP surgeries and clinics and veterinary clinics. In kitchen and catering premises all hard surfaces like food preparation areas, fridges, freezers, walls, cupboards, trolleys and pvc curtains can quickly be made safe for human contact. Even soft surfaces such as curtains and cushions can be given the once over by a fogger although you should be careful to check that any delicate fabric will not be damaged by the chemicals.

Fogging machines are effective in other areas of the food industry that you may not have thought of such as within the dairy, pig and poultry industries. Milking parlours, sow and weaner sheds and poultry hatcheries can be speedily sanitised to avoid any kind of pollution which would be costly to the agricultural industry in terms of time and money.

Any workplace where there is regular and persistent use of computer equipment, desks and even rest rooms can all benefit from this form of sanitisation as can greenhouses in garden centres or other humid areas. Fogging machines can efficiently sanitise indoors and outdoors, making them a versatile and highly effective choice for those businesses aiming to keep the virus, and other germs of course, away from their premises.

Whether you’re a cleaning company looking to offer a new service to your clients, or a business aiming to lower the risk of staff, customers and visitors contracting anything from your premises, a fogging machine may be just what you need to help make your business COVID secure.


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Special Fogging Machines For Infection Control

Specialist Fogging Machines
For Infection Control

With 30 years’ experience, APT provide specialist advice on decontamination and sanitising across all businesses including health and social sectors throughout the UK.

We understand that at such uncertain times, keeping your families, colleagues and employees safe is of upmost importance.

At APT we provide only the latest fogging machine for infection control along with specialised sanitation and disinfection products to help contain the spread of enveloped viruses.

Our teams of specialists are continuing to work with emergency planning teams throughout the UK to advise on action plans and the best fogging machine for sale in the UK to prevent a further outbreak of coronavirus in the workplace.


Disinfectant Fogging Machine

Fogging disinfection and sanitisation is a proven method to help eradicate infectious diseases; it is a fast, safe and thorough process for use inside or outside any building. When using the correct chemical product, it will kill 99.9% of all bacteria. It is recommended to use Viro Kill, an amphoteric terminal disinfectant to kill 99.9% of all bacteria.


What is Fogging?

  • Fogging or electrostatic cleaning is a process where Viro-Kill, a disinfectant and biocide, is dispersed into the air.
  • Viro-Kill, is a bactericidal killer, Approved to BS EN1276.
  • Using APT Fogging Machines or an electrostatic fogger produces micro-droplets of disinfectant and biocides that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application. Dispersing these micro-droplets into the air means the solution can reach areas that could not otherwise be reached by conventional cleaning methods.
  • Studies show when you use a fogger machine for fumigation, it significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens by treating the surfaces and the air.


Under typical conditions, fogging is carried out for a minimum of 15–30min to enable the fog to disperse and the chemical action to occur. After fogging, an additional period of 45–60min is required to allow the droplets to settle out of the air and onto the surfaces. Electrostatic charging of chemical fogs during aerosolisation can improve the application as the droplets will be attracted to surfaces that are electrically charged.


Why is using a Fogging Machine the Best Solution to Kill Bacteria?

  • Fogging significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens and harmful airborne bacteria
  • Most of our fogger machines have a range of over 13 meters with an adjustable flow to inject the perfect number of droplets for each room or space.
  • The range allows the biocidal bactericide to reach areas that cannot be contacted by conventional cleaning.
  • It is a quick, clean process and does not require the removal of any items.
  • Fogging is food safe and can be used in the food processing industry


What is the best product to use through a Commercial Fogging machine?

Viro Kill kills 99.9% of all bacteria.

Viro Kill is scientifically designed with a broad spectrum of activity and Approved to BS EN1276. The fast kill rate disinfection contains a specialised primary biocide that works quickly against enveloped viruses, HBV/HIV, Hepatitis B, Herpes simplex, Rota Virus, Bovine, Corona Virus/SARS-CoV and H1N1 Avian influenza. Viro-Kill is a food safe, high concentrate, low odour formula. It is safe to use in kitchens, food processing and manufacturing.


Where can Fogging Disinfection Sanitation be used?

APT fogging sanitising works to prevent the spread of viruses and diseases that rest on surfaces inside and outside of buildings; the fogging machines for hospital UK can also be used and is recommended for use in all establishments to include:

Education Establishments

Government Buildings

The Health & Care Sector



Leisure Facilities


Food Processing



Fogging is used in rooms and areas of all sizes from large to small, be it a doctor’s surgery or a school, APT’s fogging services are equipped to provide a full sanitation and disinfection, leaving all surfaces free from harmful viruses.


What surfaces can be sanitised with the fogging machine?

All hard and soft surfaces, including handles, computer equipment, telephones, switches, curtains, chairs and carpets are disinfected when a fogging decontamination is undertaken.

As well as total room sanitation, all communal areas including stairs, lifts and rails ect will be fogged.


Can Chemical Fogging be used in Food Production Companies?

Yes! Using Viro Kill during the process of fogging will ensure that the cleaning and sanitising process is Food Safe. Our technicians will disperse Viro Kill to the required area and those areas or parts that are difficult to reach and remove airborne micro-organisms.

Whole room disinfection enables difficult-to-reach places to be thoroughly sanitised.

Fogging with Viro Kill supersedes traditional cleaning regimes and prevents cross-contamination from surfaces and the air, often the cause of food spoilage.

APT mobile fogging systems can be used throughout the entire factory.


Do you need a company to fog your Premises?

APT have 30 years’ experience in the specialist chemical and infection control field, thus we can offer expert advice to your organisation.

Our sanitising technicians have had extensive training and hold nationally recognised accreditations. We only use proven methods and safe systems of work.

We can provide the following options:

  • One off Fogging Sanitation
  • Daily or weekly Fogging Sanitation
  • Deep Cleaning Infection Control
  • Emergency Fogging – APT will react

Before every Fogging Decontamination Service, a full RAMS report will be provided. After the sanitation, a full report will be issued along with pictures of the surfaces and areas sanitised.

For more information -

APT have a range of fogging machines for sales, we don’t have fogging machines for hire currently.

We understand how difficult this situation has been for everyone and we want to help wherever we can;  we are happy to answer any of your queries or offer free advice without any obligation, whether you use our services or not. We look forward to hearing from you.


* We work under guidance from Public Health England -

The Difference Between Wet, Dry & Electrostatic fogger application methods

When dry, wet or electrostatic fog produced by Foggers, the main difference is the droplet size.

APT Range of Cold or ULV foggers can disperse dry and wet fog. Their nozzles allow you to regulate both the spray volume and droplet size within a range of 5 to 50 microns.

Wet Foggers

Most Cold or ULV foggers can disperse dry and wet fog. Their nozzles allow you to regulate both the spray volume and droplet size within a range of 5 to 50 microns.  As long as you keep the droplets small, you’ll get a dry fog (to which the previously mentioned factors will apply).

APT fogger machines on normal setting deliver around a 20 to 30 microns droplet size

If you adjust the machine to produce a fog with droplets that are 20 microns or large, you’ll have a wet fog. These larger droplets are better for applications such as disinfection, mould control, or targeting specific areas with an insecticide. These larger droplets mean that the fog will wet specific surfaces and coat them thoroughly with the chosen solution.

APT fogging machines are always in stock and are delivered directly throughout the UK

Our Commercial Fogging Machines are for sale directly in the UK. Ideal for fogging and disinfecting all areas of a building to reduce risk of coronavirus.

Visit our Fogging Machines page at where you will also see a video of a Fogger in action.

Dry Foggers

Dry Fog usually has droplets that are 10 to 15 microns in diameter. This is because the droplets are so small that they create a seemingly dry fog.

On the other hand, a fog that has droplets that are 20 to 30 microns in diameter is considered wet fog. This fog appears to be wetter and more like a mist than a fog. All fogs whose droplets are above 30 microns are usually mist’s or sprays, not fogs.

So, based on this explanation, wet and dry Foggers differ based on the fog they emit.

Most thermal Foggers are dry foggers because their mist usually consists of droplets of around 10 microns in diameter. These foggers are perfect when you need to distribute the fog over quite a large area. This is because the smaller particles will be able to diffuse widely and travel quite far thanks to air currents and wind.

The downside to this is that the fog might not thoroughly cover the entire area you wanted to treat. This means that it might be better to fog the area at least two times for more complete coverage

Electrostatic Foggers

Electrostatic spray surface cleaning is the process of spraying electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces or objects. The spray uses a specialised solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer.

The Electrostatic systems although highly priced work by charging liquids (i.e., cleaners, sanitisers, and disinfectants) as they pass through a sprayer nozzle. This generates charged droplets that repel one another and actively seek out environmental surfaces, Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer... Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they are aimed at which they stick to and even wrap around to coat all sides.


No matter which kind of foggers you use – dry, wet, cold, or thermal or electrostatic – you should experiment to see which droplet size best suits your application and the product suitability on the surface to avoid damage  This can also differ based on

• weather conditions (very windy places vs. places where the wind is a rarity),

• the treatment indoors or outdoors area (subject to health and safety whilst using electrical equipment)

• the liquid used (water-based solutions).

APT Super concentrate Virokill Anti Viral Sanitiser, disinfectant gives you almost 50 times more product for your money than other ready to use fogging solutions are safe on most surfaces

Our Viro Kill is conforms to BS EN14476, BS EN1276 & BS EN136976.

When you take into consideration all these factors and merge them with the knowledge of dry and wet fogs and the different types of foggers, you should find it quite easy to make the right decision as to what type of fogger is best for you.

It will largely depend on what type of disinfectant you are planning on using. The disinfectant solution should have information on which kind of fogger it should be used with. But in general, you can use both thermal and ULV foggers for disinfecting purposes.

The Best Brick Cleaner

Is it time to give your property a makeover? Do you need to smarten up your brickwork? Are you leaving bare bricks as a feature on your house renovation project? Do you need to get rid of graffiti?

Q - What do these all have in common?

A - They are all situations where you need the help of APT commercial chemicals.

When cleaning brickwork, it is false economy to buy a cheap product. You will end up using more of it and probably obtain poor results. At worst, a cheap product will not be well-formulated and could even cause damage. If you buy a good quality brick cleaner, you will ultimately obtain better results and save money on your project as there will be fewer issues.

But what is the best brick cleaner for your application?

With a variety of products available, it depends on the type of soiling that you need to remove. There are some key points to always bear in mind before selecting the product that you require:

  • soiling from airborne sources is seldom water soluble so you will need something more than just soap and water
  • products based on non-ionic surfactants struggle to break down the particular bonding between soiling and the brick's surface
  • brick surfaces and the mortar in between can easily be damaged on a microscopic and macroscopic scale by abrasive methods and pressure washing
  • cleaning chemicals need to be applied at the recommended dilution, left for short periods of time and thoroughly rinsed off

You can select from a wide range of acidic and alkaline cleaners in our online store including poultice cleaners and graffiti removal products.

  • for graffiti removal, our Wipeout range is the best. There are handy wipes for small scale fresh graffiti and a thickened gel for longer contact times needed for large scale operations and graffiti that has been there for a while
  • for cement and mortar stains, you should choose our acid based brick cleaner. The acid breaks down the chemical bonds within the cement and mortar, quickly dissolving it for easy removal by rinsing without reacting with the clay materials of the brick
  • the best brick cleaner for heavy soiling is actually a combination of an alkaline degreaser followed by treatment with our acid brick cleaner
  • for light soiling, our acid brick cleaner is the best way forward
  • on historic or delicate bricks where the surface is already degraded, the only method you should use is our poultice cleaner, anything else will damage the brickwork further

 Other great brick cleaning tips

  • Soak the brickwork thoroughly beforehand as this will help to limit penetration of the chemicals into the bricks, reducing the chances of damage
  • Choose thickened cleaners if possible as these will be absorbed less thus reducing the chances of damaging your bricks
  • Begin cleaning with the least aggressive method
  • Apply the cleaner first to a small trial area that is not so noticeable in order to determine if you have chosen the best product for the job. This will also tell you if your bricks are likely to be damaged by the cleaning process you have chosen
  • High pressure washing can damage both brick and mortar so use only low pressure nebulous cleaning methods
  • If brushing is required, avoid the use of hard bristled brushes

Here at APT, using the best possible raw materials, we have developed a range of top quality brick cleaning chemicals. So buy the best products now via our online ordering system or talk to our experts if you are not sure what is the right product for you - 01495 308048.

What is Anti-Foam and Why Should I Use it?

You have just switched on your filling machine. The 25 litre containers start to move on the conveyor, the delivery nozzle drops into the first container. Suddenly all hell lets loose - chemicals everywhere. Why did this happen? Someone forgot to add the anti-foam.

Anti-foam is a chemical that is added in small quantities in order to prevent the formation of foam in a process. It is sometimes referred to as a defoamer, anti-foaming agent or foam breaker. There are subtle distinctions between anti-foam and a defoamer i.e. the former has a persistent effect and prevents the formation of foam whilst the latter has an immediate effect and destroys it after formation. The terms are often used interchangeably as the end result is the same. Quite often, an anti-foam can behave as a defoamer and vice-versa. They work by either puncturing or weakening the surface tension of the foam causing the bubbles to collapse.

Early anti-foaming agents fell into two main groups, organic and silicone based. The first anti-foams were light oils such as kerosene and vegetable oils. It was also discovered that fatty acids were effective too, but those proved to be rather expensive. Silicone antifoams have been around for a little over 50 years but they can't be used in applications where silicone causes surface disturbance e.g. in paint and ink applications.

Research continued into the manufacture of more and more efficient products, generally synthetic organic chemicals. The 1960s was perhaps the heyday of the development of oil based synthetic chemicals but when the oil crisis of the early 1970s arrived, prices of these materials soared. In order to make them commercially viable, they were emulsified and still found to work well. This ultimately led to the efficient anti-foam emulsions of today.

Whichever you choose to use, it should be used sparingly, in accordance with the instructions. Using too much will have a detrimental effect on your process, as can using the wrong type.

Why you need to use anti-foaming agents

The presence of foam inhibits processing speed and reduces the efficiency of circulating pumps. It limits the cleaning effectiveness of detergents, reduces the ability of cutting fluids and coolants to do their job and can lead to environmental concerns. Anyone reading this who grew up in the age before biodegradable detergents will probably remember the rafts of foam on rivers in and around industrial areas.

Anti-foams effectively control process foam in many different manufacturing situations, including:

  • Chemical manufacturing and formulating
  • Textiles
  • Food production and processing
  • Pulp and paper manufacturing
  • Paints and coatings
  • Pharmaceuticals

In engineering, anti-foam prevents machine tool coolants from foaming thus ensuring they retain their effectiveness, are circulated properly by the pump and do not overflow from the system. In an automotive application, the use of these products improves the performance of tank cleaning processes, particularly where detergent based degreasers are in use.

The printing industry needs to add anti-foam to ink in order to prevent the inclusion of air bubbles within the ink circulating in the presses. Any air bubbles will reduce significantly the quality of the final printed material. In addition, the surface active action aids wetting, enabling the ink to stick more effectively to the surface on which it is applied, ensuring a higher quality end result.

Here at APT, using the best possible raw materials, we have developed a top quality silicone based anti-foam that is perfect for any process that is not sensitive to the presence of silicones. So buy your anti foaming agent now via our online ordering system or talk to our experts if you are not sure if this is the right product for you - 01495 308048

4 Benefits of Ice Break as a Snow Removal and Ice Melting Product

Ice melting products aren’t always the most reliable, especially grit based products that can do a slow acting job but leave behind a messy residue. When you need something fast acting and reliable Ice Break is guaranteed to do the job and has been scientifically developed over many years to deliver consistently on the toughest patches of compacted ice and snow.

So what are the 4 reasons ice breaker is the best ice melting product you can purchase whilst putting together your winter supplies?

1.       It’s like Magic – Fast Acting Ice Melt

Let’s put this in comparison with the traditional ice prevention and removal products, which are salt based. Ice break has been scientifically tested and works at 8 times the speed of rock salt. During production, all of the liquid has been removed from a natural accruing liquid chemical source and what’s left behind is a pure, dry cake. This has been formed into light and small pellets which when dropped onto ice begin to react instantly. The pellets hurtle up to a high temperature and the ice melting process begins much quicker than with rock salt.

2.        Lasts for up to 48 Hours

Not only does it start to work instantly as an ice melting product, Ice Break lasts for longer than rock salt. An invisible layer is left behind once the pellets have melted the ice and this prevents liquid from forming into ice and bonding with the ground below. Salt based products only last for up to five hours in most scenarios and that is why you often see gritters out over consecutive days when cold weather hits. They are used to plough away the snow whilst dropping grit to remove the night’s ice.  Ice Break is a great proactive, preventative measure rather than the reactionary grit based products we are used to.

3.       Simple to Apply

The pellets mentioned earlier are easy to spread on an icy surface or as a preventative measure when the cold weather warning has arrived. You don’t need any special snow or ice removing equipment to lay them down and due to the heat of the pellets when they come into contact with ice, they cover a wider area than rock salt too. The Ice Break pellets allows for even distribution and do not leave behind a messy residue which is an all too familiar problem with grit based products.

4.       Non-Toxic

One of the misconceptions of certain ice melting products is that they can be toxic to humans and damage the surfaces they are being used to treat. This is not the case at all with Ice Break. It is non-corrosive and is safe to use on any surface, including vegetation, without worrying about leaving damage behind once the ice and snow has been removed.

Speak to APT about Your Winter Products

Snow removal and ice removal are tough jobs that we all have to consider when the harsh winter weather arrives. Especially those of us who require the use of commercial ice clearing products to ensure the safety of our staff and members of the public it can be a constant worry.

If you are in the process of putting together your winter supplies and will most likely be facing ice removal on a regular basis over the next few months, give our team a call at APT. We’ve got a wide range of ice melting products, including different sizes and versions of Ice Break, which has been proven to be 8 times faster and covers 12 times the area of rock salt when used on icy areas. Used for office buildings, factories, schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other public areas, Ice Break is a commercial ice melter like no other.

Winter is Coming! Break the Ice and Stay Safe

Winter is Coming! Break the Ice and Stay Safe

When the cold weather arrives in the UK, it arrives with a harsh snap and the blankets of frost and ice can cause havoc across the land on many a driveway, window or road. The morning frost is a nuisance that many people have to deal with everyday and a few minutes delay is an annoyance they could do without. There are of course local councils and businesses that cannot afford to have these moments and must be fully prepared for the inevitable downward spike of bad weather and have ice melting procedures in place.

Ice (especially black ice on the roads) can cause many problems to a local population. What are the potential problems when the cold weather arrives?

A Slipping Hazard: The most obvious problem and a danger to everyone walking in a public place. Snow and ice can become a difficult hazard to be rid of once they have set in and the cold weather decides to stay for a few days or weeks at a time. The problem will only become really apparent once people start slipping and injuring themselves, prevention is always better than cure.

Increased chances of motor collisions: Black ice on the roads can cause injury and death if left untreated. Motorway and road agencies have to be fully prepared to grit the roads and display hazard warnings in good advance of a bad weather system approaching. Motor vehicular crashes remain a problem on our roads and ice only exacerbates the situation.

Slows down transport: Transport can slow down as a result of collisions and when a solution is only offered and attempted after snow and ice has already formed. If the road networks become blocked for too long it can cause misery.

Knock-on Effect: The knock-on effect of all three problems listed is that it can cause a loss of confidence in local government if potential hazards are not prevented or at least swiftly dealt with once they appear.

When heavy snowfall settles on top of an already icy surface the problems will intensify and for those persons responsible for clearing snow and ice and ensuring the safety of the public, the work becomes even more important.

An Effective Answer to Break the Snow and Ice

We are all used to seeing the gritters out on the roads, a little too late in many cases, but there is another option that can be used to dissolve ice effectively in many areas. For use on roads, driveways, runways, large carparks, emergency exits, pedestrian walkways, railways and sewage lines, Ice Break Extreme is a proven product.

On the market today there is no other ice breaker that can match it. Developed over many years it is non-corrosive and can be used on a multitude of surfaces and materials, always to great effect. From small to larger areas, it is easy to use and is best as a preventative method should you be expecting a snow storm and large areas of ice to form in an area of heavy footfall or traffic. As hazard prevention goes there are few products that match it. It can also be used once snow removal has taken place however and is a highly effective ice melter in these situations. 

If you’re unsure about which ice melting and winter products are for you, contact APT and our customer service team will be happy to guide you through the options and help you and the passing public stay safe from the cold this winter.

Refreezing – The Nightmare De-Icing Scenario

When the deep freeze sets in it can cause untold damage to buildings, vehicles, roads and pavements. The hazards to people walking or driving by aren’t there for all to see and an ice melting product is often required in the harshest winter scenarios to ensure safety from slips and trips.

Another problem that is often overlooked is how the deep freeze can set in to every little nook and cranny, not just windscreens, windows and surfaces.

A General Ice Melting Product and Deicer

A general deicing product will perform an adequate job of melting ice in the affected areas. It might not be the fastest and could be a cheaper product on the market, but it will eventually do the job.

There are a few problems with a general, domestic use deicer however. Firstly, they are more likely to have been developed using potentially harmful substances. Harmful to you as the consumer; harmful to the surfaces being used on; and to the environment. The last thing you want is to melt ice away from a windscreen but be left with smears and damaged window seals.

Ice windsreen

The Refreeze

Another problem with a many deicers and winter supplies is that they are reactive rather than proactive, tackling the problem at hand but not the cause of the problem. Say for instance you’ve had some problems with frozen tiles and guttering on the roof of your company building, you may be able to use an ice melting product to thaw away the ice that is there now, but then what? In a cold winter you could end up doing this day after day and this will only lead to roof damage that worsens day to day as the constant expansion and melting of ice causes cracks and fissures to appear in the surface.

A Professional Approach to Screenwashing and Deicing

In sub zero temperatures in the deepest, darkest hours of winter you need a professional de icer, something that will break through the ice and clear the way for a full and effective working day ahead.

Remember though that application is just as important as the product you are using. In any situation and any surface, whether driveway or windscreen, the best start to any ice removal procedure is to use a soft brush to sweep away the excess top layer of snow, leaving just the ice behind. Once you’ve done this, liberally apply the ice melting product and watch as it breaks the bond of ice and surface and leaves behind a safe surface for you.

Thawout Professional De Icer is one of the professional winter supplies we hold as part of our catalogue here at APT and has been scientifically developed over the years to be effective on a wide range of surfaces. From the usual windscreens down to the small areas of a car, such as the windscreen wipers, locks and hinges, you can’t afford to have freezing set in, and even worse, the re-freeze to take place.

Thawout not only clears the ice to begin with but it also has extra anti-freezing ingredients which allows it to settle in and prevent ice from returning to claim the surface area as its home once more the next night. It’s also smear free and won’t damage the surfaces.

For professional winter supplies, ice melting products and deicers, we know the best markets on the product. If you would like to speak to a member of our team before the deep freeze impacts on your fleet of professional vehicles, contact us today.

The Problem with Salt Based Snow Melting Products

Businesses have to worry more than most about the harsh wintry conditions that we sometimes suffer from in the UK. They have to consider the safety of their staff; their customers, suppliers and how an icy pathway or snow blocked road can have a negative impact on their sales. For those companies with company vehicles to content with the effectiveness of an ice melting product as part of their winter supplies takes on even more importance.

We’ve all seen the big gritters out on the roads the night before a predicted heavy snowfall and we’ve no doubt all used salt and/or sand as a home based remedy for ensuring our back yards and driveways remain clear from dangerous ice and compacted snow, but are they really that effective as a commercial ice melting product?

Of course, finding that balancing act between your budget and the best available winter products is always difficult, but the following might make you realise salt and grit based ice clearing and ice melt products aren’t the best option.

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The Right Mix

Very often salt based ice melters use a mixture of salt, sand and grit. Sand, grit and other abrasives aren’t actually a benefit to the de-icing process, only providing traction. In terms of production value and appeal to companies with a lower budget these types of ice melting products are an interesting proposition but for sand in particular you are in fact risking the environment it is being used in.

Any product that uses fillers and other materials can cause dangerous clouds of dusts once they are spread, they can also block natural basins and drains in the ground and cause untold damage to vegetation in the surrounding areas.

Danger to the Area and You

Harmful chemicals used in many de-icing products can cause harm to vegetation within the area being used, killing plants and trees and poisoning the soils in some cases. Not all products are like this of course, but traditional products will use corrosive elements within its production.

Conventional, salt based ice melting products can also be harmful to the surfaces they are used on, with long lasting residue left behind and potentially damage in the form of potholes and cracks that could lead to the necessity for resurfacing. This isn’t something you consider when snowfall is expected, but it can happen.

If a product can harm plants and wildlife, imagine the potential hazard to you, the user.  For the sake of your health it is worth looking into the alternatives as ice melting products will keep your staff and customers safe.

Choosing the Right Ice Clearing Product

It is good to remember that ice melting products are for just that, melting ice and removing the dangers of leaving it present. It shouldn’t be used as a snow removal product also. The best way to use an ice melter is to first shovel away excess snow and then look to remove the ice left on the surface.

At APT Chemicals we have years of experience in helping businesses purchase the right commercial ice melting products. Ice Break Extreme is the best on the market and ticks all the boxes. It is widely used throughout the UK, Scandinavia & Germany and is essential for winter maintenance planning. It is highly, and rapidly, effective against ice, is non-toxic so won’t damage the environment, the surfaces applied to or you, and is easy to use, forming a layer that breaks the bond between ice and surface and prevents it from reattaching.

To find out more about Ice Break Extreme and other parts of our winter supplies catalogue please feel free to contact our customer service team today.

You can purchase Ice Break Extreme from our website here or watch our youtube video for more information

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