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Keeping the Fleet Moving – Choosing the Right Screenwash

For many companies the winter months can be harsh and offer complex problems on a daily basis that have to be solved quickly to ensure a smooth running operation. For public sector services like the emergency services on the front line, highway agencies, public transport companies and refuse collectors, to private companies such as haulage contractors and taxi services, keeping their fleet of vehicles on the road from day to day is vitally important. Choosing the right tools and products to make this happen becomes more important as the cold winter months take grip.

Extreme Temperatures are Dangerous to All

If you think about a single frozen windscreen and the hassle that entails it is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak. For emergency services especially this can multiply into the thousands and the tens of thousands countrywide in the worst winter storms. The impact of sub zero temperatures can lead to injury and loss of life if the vehicles in question are not running smoothly in all aspects. A frozen windscreen prevents a vehicle from beginning its journey, and for an emergency vehicle this could mean seconds wasted that can make a huge difference.

frozen windscreen

Get the Motors Running

Choosing the right screen wash and de icer can will add decrease those vital seconds and ensure that you can get the motor running without worrying about wasting too much time and money in the process. There are countless ice melting products available on the market and the best route for all businesses to take is to conduct a thorough research of what exactly you require and to scan the market for the suitable products. The worst thing to do is to be reactionary and wait for the problem to occur.

Smears and Damaged Paintwork Won’t Do

One problem that you’ll find with many traditional ice melting products and screen washes is that they take some time to break the ice and can often leave damage behind. If a window seal is slightly damaged this can have a long term effect on the vehicle as a whole and can cost in repairs eventually. Some products will also leave smears behind on the window screen, which is never ideal and can be a hazard to the driver if not dealt with immediately, cutting into precious time.

Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash – Available with APT

Looking for that de icer that will perform consistently is difficult for the average vehicle owner. When it comes to large scale commercial and public sector fleets, having the right screen wash is one of the most important products you can have to hand on the cold wintry mornings. Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash has been developed over many years using high quality ingredients that are able to cope with the demands and stresses of sub zero conditions (it is effective as low as -15C!). It is safe to use on any vehicle and surface, won’t damage paintwork and won’t leave smears on your windscreens. You can just use with ease and start the engines running as you won’t be hanging around for long.

Having been used by emergency services with success for many years in Scandinavian countries, you know that it can deliver the goods.

If you’d like to find out more about Solution 5000 Winter Screen Wash, or discuss other aspects of our professional winter products range, including ice melters, please feel free to give our expert team a call. We know how to clear the ice and keep your fleet running smoothly this winter.

You can purchase Solution 5000 on our website here

solution 5000 screen wash

Effectively Dealing with Oil Spills

Effectively Dealing with Oil Spills

When there is mention of an oil spill it automatically conjures up images of overturned tankers causing devastation to marine life in the ocean and along thousands of miles of coastline for both wildlife and humans. Of course, the scale of the damage these disasters bring about is unfathomable but there are also much smaller oil spills on land that can cause long term problems and chaos if not dealt with quickly and effectively.

The Location of an Oil Spill

Oil spills can take place in myriad locations and situations, each with its own varying degrees of hazards, containment issues, risk of contamination and of course clean up procedures. It is important to have an understanding of where and how an oil spill can take place and what measures you should take should you be faced with one.

Where are you like to be at risk of an oil spill?

Workplace

In an industrial setting oil spills can occur from drums being knocked over by accident or large machinery breaking down, causing spillages. If a small oil spill has taken place most companies will have procedures in place to contain the hazard in a small area to prevent contamination and a spread of risk and damage. It can then wait until an effective clean-up procedure can take place.

Sometimes however, the oil spillage could be a large one, and if you’re not careful this can lead to disruption to production. Machinery may have to be switched off and man hours lost if a large oil spill is not dealt with quickly and efficiently. Employees could be in danger of slipping and injuring themselves, machinery and everyday work equipment may be damaged, surfaces could be permanently damaged and any outsiders, suppliers or delivery agents for your product may have to be prevented from entering the area until it is clear. An oil spill could cost time and money to your company.

Be prepared to seal off an area where an oil spill has taken place, shut down any machinery or equipment that is in the immediate area and ensure that all employees are safe from harm. Once you have secured the area, a professional team of cleaners, specialised in dealing with oil spills, will be able to enter and clean-up the oil spill.

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/spill-response

On the Road

On roads and motorways is the other most likely place where an oil spill could occur, demanding immediate action to clear it up and prevent lives from being put at risk. This can come about as a result of a traffic collision, a spillage from a large tanker or from a leak on a petrol or diesel can.

An oil spill on a road surface can quickly spread, covering miles of the road network causing chaos. Not only can it cause traffic collisions on the road itself, it can also damaging the immediate wildlife and environments surrounding the road network it is affecting. It is imperative that an oil spillage on a road is cleaned up as quickly as possible to prevent long term damage to the surroundings.

When an oil spill takes place on the road, safety is a priority with certain lanes and in the worst cases whole stretches of road closed off immediately to prevent further accidents for drivers. Diversions must be put in place to stop a build-up of traffic close to the area.

A Professional Oil Spill Response Team

At APT we have a professional team, experienced in dealing with a wide variety of oil spills in both the workplace and on roads and motorways. We understand the chaos it can cause, the damage to property, the risk to lives and the negative connotations to the productivity of your working environment.

We have the latest equipment tailored to deal with the problems encountered with an oil spill and have our very own, specially developed oil removal products which are all eco-friendly. If you are faced with an oil spill and need a fast response our team has a rapid response system in place and can be on site and ready to begin clean-up within 45 minutes of the call on most occasions.

https://www.apt-icc.co.uk/oil-spills

The Best Graffiti Remover

The Best Graffiti Remover

Graffiti has become a problem in the UK over recent years, with private business owners and local councils often having to shoulder the costs of clean-up and putting in places preventative measures. Over the years you may have come across graffiti on your property and struggled with how to firstly effectively remove it, and secondly, prevent it from happening again. It can be difficult but there are products and services available to help you.

A Keep Britain Tidy report on criminal damage highlighted the cost of graffiti by stating that as far back as 2000 there was a clean-up cost associated with graffiti of £890 on a public sector or commercial building and £510 on private land. This cost was for each individual act of graffiti so you can imagine when this adds up it is one staggering amount. Another statistic highlights the direct costs to the rail network in the UK as being at least £5 million each and every year, and this is before you take into account the indirect costs of lost revenue and associated delays whilst clean up operations take place. http://kb.keepbritaintidy.org/criminaldamage/research/fandf.pdf

What Can You Do About Graffiti?

In the not too distant past you’d have been cursing your luck that someone had defaced your property with ‘street art’. Best case scenario you might be able to borrow a pressure washer from somewhere and use up valuable time trying to force the art of your walls with sheer power and unless you used the right product you would still be left with most on your walls.

There are many different types of cleaning chemicals out there and preventative anti-vandal paint, but it’s hard to know where to go on the market to buy truly effective graffiti removal products. However, cleaning products just keep getting better and better across the board however and as science develops so do new ways in which to clean away myriad types of graffiti.

Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Chemicals and Equipment from APT

No matter what type of graffiti you were faced with, in terms of materials and paint used, or the size of the problem, the products we have at APT are guaranteed to help you out. Our specially formulated graffiti removal chemicals and equipment will help you remove graffiti not just once, but for good. And the best part of it all is that we provide eco-friendly cleaning chemicals. You’ll be cleaning up your own micro-environment without harming the wider environment.

We’ve can supply you with:

-          Graffiti Cleaners’ Surface Wipes

-          Graffiti Removal Chemicals

-          Eco-Paint Stripper Gel

-          Anti-Graffiti Paint

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/grafitti-cleaners

No matter what the vandals are throwing at your property we’ll have the answer and the longer term solution to keep them at bay. We’ve been supplying graffiti removal products for over a quarter of a decade now, so if you need help to decide which graffiti removal chemicals or anti-graffiti products is right for you please call and a member of our team will be able to talk it through with. Graffiti is a blight on society when it targets private homes and businesses, with the costs causing damage to the owners in question, don’t be a prisoner to vandalism, take control and find the graffiti removal products and equipment to help you.

Hand Care - Choosing the Right Hand Care Product

Hand Care – Choosing the Right Hand Care Product

Hand care is often overlooked in the workplace, with bog standard soap, hand wash and dispensers used in employee washrooms. People often look at the cost of a hand wash as being the most important part of the purchase, rather than the benefits of choosing the right hand care for their work setting. It is important to have a few different considerations when choosing a hand care product, not just looking for the lowest price in the local supermarket.

What to Look out for with Hand Care Products

Depending on the type of industry you work in, the hand care product you require will differ. Work premises where there is heavy machinery in use and a lot of grease and oil being spread about on to employees hands and clothing will require something a lot more stubborn than say, an office washroom. When looking at the healthcare industries you’ll be more likely to need a hand sanitizer in the form of a gel to ensure cleanliness at all times.

We have a range of hand care products at APT, including:

Antibacterial Soap

Our anti-bacterial soap products are available as handy wipes and little bottles that a person can carry around with them on a daily basis, right through to industrial size products for use in large workplaces. They are perfect for industries where the highest standard of hygiene are demanded, such as hospital settings and the food preparation industry.

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/skincare-hand-washing

Hand Sanitizers

Every workplace needs a healthy hand care product in the washroom and we deliver a wide range of options for the everyday workplace. If you’re looking for a product that will keep your employees hands clean and any customers that may have access to the washroom, and you’re looking for a top quality product without breaking the bank, this is the right place to be. Don’t cut corners with budget soap and hand wash, use something of quality.

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/hand-sanitiser

Hand Wipes

Sanitizing hand wipes are invaluable at home and in the workplace. Whether you are in need of a bulk order of wipes or a smaller number to carry around with you, they are fantastic for dual usage; wiping surfaces and sanitising your hands. You can clean away any excess dirt and grime from areas and at the same time leave the surface shiny and clean to a high standard. We all know what it’s like to have surfaces that are easily marked and which get grubby. Hand wipes mean these should be a thing of the past.

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/sani-wipes-2

Hand Gels

In some industries you may require a hand wash which is a bit more durable and can get at stubborn and heavy stains and dirt. If your company is one which uses heavy machinery on a daily basis you’ll know how difficult it can be to remove stains, dirt, oils and grease from your hands when it comes to your lunch hour or time to go home. A hand gel is a great way to wash way the dirt without the need for scrubbing your hands, and it’ll leave them clean, clear and free from germs.

http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/hand-sanitiser-gel

Hand Care Products from APT

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your current situation and which hand care products you currently use – we’ll be more than happy to offer some guidance and a range of alternatives that may suit your needs. Choosing the right hand care product for your workplace is more important than most people think, we’re here to help you make the right choice and keep you, your staff and customers clean and safe from germs.

Roof Coating and Roof Repairs

Roofing is permanently subjected to the effects of the British weather and it does not matter what material is used or whether it is a flat or pitched roof, it will slowly but surely deteriorate.  Your roof will gradually become less resistant to water, it will absorb some of the rain falling on it, offering lichen and moss a good opportunity to become established. These then cause further deterioration which can subsequently lead to the failure of the roof. Once water starts to get in, roof repairs become a necessity; see our services here.

Roof Cleaning Equipment

When should I repair my roof?

If the roofing material has already failed, the answer is obviously 'as soon as possible', however, it would be preferable to make roof repairs before that point is reached. On pitched roofs, inspect for tile slippage regularly, especially after spells of very poor weather. If your roofing material is metal or other corrugated material, check that all of the fastenings are secure and that none of the sheets have slipped out of place.

On flat roofs, check around the edges, cracking indicates the roof material is ageing and that it could be well on the way to failure even if the rest appears to be in good condition. If your roof is noticeably undulating, this also indicates that it could require repair. All flat roofs will show a degree of puddling i.e. you will notice standing water after rain, but this should disappear fairly quickly. Puddles that are persistent can indicate underlying issues.

Roof coatings

The fastest way to carry out roof repairs is to apply roof coatings such as our Bitu-Bond or Roof -Bond. If the worst has happened and your roof has already sprung a leak, Bitu-Bond provides you with an instant roof repair solution, simply spray it on and leave it to cure for a one-visit permanent repair. It can be used in all weathers and contains fibres for added strength and to enable smaller cracks to be bridged. It is an essential product for your maintenance crew to have on hand and it can be used to repair leaks in all types of roof, not just flat ones.

For non-emergency roof repairs, Roof-Bond is another cold curing bitumen based product. It can be applied to the whole roof by brush and once cured, it forms a tough, seamless and durable layer that expands and contracts in response to thermal or other movement of the roof without cracking. It too is a one-visit solution designed for use on any roofing material or type and it cures as fast as Bitu-Bond so roof repairs can be carried out quickly.

Roof Cleaning Work

For those of you who prefer to use an acrylic based roof repair mastic, we stock Acrypol. This is a brush-on liquid that is reinforced with fibres and has an excellent resistance to damage from UV.

How do I repair my roof using a roof coating?

  • Remove any flaking and loose material
  • Bridge any wide cracks using a suitable roof repair bandage
  • Dampen the surface
  • Apply Bitu-Bond, Roof-Bond or Acrypol
  • Leave to cure
  • If desired, once cured, further layers can be added.

Roof coatings have other uses too

If your maintenance team have a roof coating product in stock, there are many other jobs around your premises that it can be used for. Up high, it can be used to repair or reinforce guttering and gulleys, rendering them waterproof without the need for a lot of expensive and disruptive work.

If you have exposed steelwork, for example open sided outdoor storage areas, conventional paints will flake off within a year or two. Since our roof coatings are more flexible than conventional paint, they are an effective longer term solution enabling you to save both money and labour time.

Prevention is better than cure, keeping your roofing clean can prolong its life expectancy. Our sister company, APT-ICC ltd, cleans all types of roofing and guttering including aluminium, cast iron and plastic on all types of building, including factories, commercial premises and listed buildings.

To benefit from our roof coating and roof repair services, talk to us on 01495 308 048 now.

What is the Best Product for Cleaning a Factory Floor

This isn't the easiest of questions to answer as a lot will depend on the nature of the factory floor and the soiling that you want to remove. Here at APT, because we have a quarter of a century's worth of experience in commercial and industrial cleaning, we are uniquely placed to advise you. In our range of factory floor cleaning products, you are sure to find something to suit your situation.

Industrial concrete floor cleaning

Why clean a factory floor?

A dirty factory floor gives the wrong message about your company to both visitors and employees, it suggests that a sloppy approach is acceptable. Potential clients on seeing a dirty factory will have less trust in your products and your sales could suffer. Providing your employees with a clean environment in which to work will inspire them to take more of a pride in what they do, meaning a lower percentage of items failing quality control, giving your company a great reputation in your field.

Apart from the financial considerations, a clean factory floor will avoid health and safety issues - greasy soiling can be very slippery, especially when staff enter with wet footwear. Using the best possible product to clean a factory floor can therefore reduce the probability of accidents.

Cleaning floors in the engineering and automotive industries

The most common soiling on engineering factory floors is a combination of oil and grease binding together dust, swarf and other particles that have been walked or blown into the factory. The best cleaning product is therefore a degreaser. If the grime has been present for many years, it will require a water soluble solvent degreaser like Citracleanse, applied at a 1:20 dilution to remove it completely since it will be deeply ingrained into the floor. Additional spot applications of a non-dilutable solvent degreaser like Citrus RTU is the best approach where soiling is particularly bad.

Once it has been removed, and your factory floor returned to its pristine condition, regular maintenance with an extremely economical water based degreaser like Citracleanse at an economical dilution of 1:200 is the best way to keep the factory floor clean.

Another reason why citracleanse is the best product to clean a factory floor is that it will even remove rubber marks left by the passage of fork lift trucks and other warehouse vehicles.

Industrial Floor Cleaning

The best products to clean floors in food factories

As a manager of a food factory, you will no doubt always be under pressure to ensure that your factory floors are clean and hygienic. You require a powerful degreaser that is able to remove food-specific floor soiling that is acceptable for use in a catering and food production environment. Such products can be budget-busting, however, at APT, we understand that cleaning budgets can be limited so we have produced a range of products that deliver the best results at a price that enables you to control your company spending.

For areas that are bacteria sensitive, the best possible floor cleaning product is Ultraclean MB, an eco-friendly, odour-free and highly concentrated degreaser and sanitiser. This fast acting product meets BS EN1276 and is economical to use. 

For general food factory floor cleaning, the best product is PowerMax 2020 which easily removes fats, oils, blood and other food residues. In common with the other cleaning products mentioned here, it can be used manually or with floor cleaning machinery.

How to benefit from the best factory floor cleaning products

Simply talk to us at APT-ICC on 01495 308 048 NOW for the best possible advice on factory floor cleaning chemicals and methods.

Removing Graffiti and Preventing Future Vandalism – 4 Choices

Graffiti costs private business and home owners a lot of money to remove. Depending on your situation, the type of surface that has been vandalised and the materials used to deface your property, there are a few different options you can consider to remove the graffiti, and/or put in place preventative measures to stop vandals from hitting you in the future with obscene and offensive markings.

Surfaces can widely vary, from brickwork to concrete, aluminium, pavements and bus stops. Each will have a different level of resistance and a different reaction to certain cleaning chemicals. Alongside this the type of materials used by vandals isn’t always the spray can that has become associated with graffiti. They can use marker pen, paint, makeup or polish.

Another problem you have to consider is how long the graffiti has been present. The longer graffiti has been on a surface, as with any type of dirt you’re trying to clean away from a surface, the harder it will be to fully remove. So what are your options?

Pressure Washing

Mixing water with a graffiti removing solvent and applying to the affected area with a pressure washer is a fantastic way to combat graffiti which has been present for a long enough period of time to become stubborn and resistant to other methods. Choosing the right cleaning chemical is crucial however, as you do not want to damage the surface underneath. If you are in need of a larger area to be cleaned of graffiti with blasting equipment it may be best to call out a professional team who can deal with any situation, no matter the area size or stubbornness of the graffiti in question.

Sacrificial Surface

A sacrificial surface is something you can apply to an area to prevent permanent damage. It could be a removable protective film that acts as a barrier and catches any graffiti or marks to the surface and which you can then remove, leaving a clean, undamaged surface behind. Certain coatings, or anti-graffiti gels can be applied to areas to provide this type of insurance against vandalism, and the anti-graffiti paint mentioned above is also a great sacrificial coating as a vandal can try all they like to graffiti over it, but they will struggle much more than a normal surface. The substrate below remains intact and clean from surface damage and markings.

Removing with Chemical Products

There are a few different options when it comes to chemical cleaning products aimed at removing graffiti from surfaces. No matter the type of surface you will be able to find a chemical product that can remove it. It’s about choosing the right one for the surface you need to clean without leaving a permanent damaged area where graffiti once was. The stronger a solvent is the faster it is likely to remove the paint/graffiti from the surface area.  For smaller areas of graffiti you can quite simply use a brush, cloth or anti-graffiti wipe to apply the cleaning product to the surface. Or larger jobs there may be the necessity for an industrial graffiti remover and some heavier equipment.

Paint it Out

If the surface in question isn’t one that you particularly want to use cleaning chemicals on then there is another option. By painting over the surface you can remove the graffiti from sight safely and without potentially damaging the surface. This approach is best on surfaces which are smooth and already painted. As a way of adding insurance you can use anti-graffiti paint which not only covers the problem, but has been designed to be incredibly tough and resistant against damage and vandalism. 

Need a Fast Response to Vandalism?

If you have a commercial property which has been damaged by vandals and requires immediate attention we do have a team in place to help you with your problem. Contact APT –ICC Ltd (Our sister company) and they’ll help you out with a fast response. Should you be suffering from offensive or abusive graffiti, or graffiti which covers a large area and is causing an embarrassment to your company it’s better to remove it as soon as possible and limit the potential damage to your brand and reputation. Visit the website here for more information on how our rapid response team can help.

Industrial Oven Cleaner

Cleaning your oven at the best of times is a cumbersome chore that none of us like to attend to if we’re truly honest with ourselves. Switch that conversation to the setting of an industrial sized oven and food production area, or any commercial kitchen and it becomes less of a chore to bother with than a necessity that could make the difference between a successful and a failing kitchen.

A Clean Kitchen is a Healthy Kitchen

Wherever food is being produced health and safety has to be a priority. You can’t risk your food becoming contaminated due to the industrial ovens becoming clogged up with food, dirt, oils and grease. In a food production environment the heat is always on – so be ready to wipe down surfaces and clean the oven thoroughly so it looks brand new.

Fully Clean Away Tough to Remove Oils and Grease

For people who don’t work in a food production factory or commercial kitchen it can be hard to appreciate just how quickly an industrial oven can become dirty and appear worn down and ineffective. There are so many hot oils and grease in play in a kitchen that all surfaces can quickly become covered. An industrial oven cleaner can cut through all types of oil and grease without you having to scrub hard at it for hours. You need a cleaning product that will make its mark straight away and leave a fully clean surface area and industrial oven that hasn’t got stains and marks of the working day left behind when you clock off at the end of a long, hard shift.

Be Prepared for the Next Working Day

Cleaning away the day’s dirt is an essential part of the end of day task. In a food production environment, whether a kitchen or a factory setting, the best way to start tomorrow and be as effective as possible is to clean today. Much like with any equipment you use, the longer term strategy has to be to keep it at its optimum levels of efficiency for as long as possible.

By thoroughly cleaning your industrial oven each day, with a quality product, it will stay effective for a lot longer. As a financial strategy it is a winner as you’ll pay less out on maintenance calls and new ovens over the years. On a day to production strategy it also works as your work can start straight away without the need for yesterdays cleaning to be completed first.

Industrial Oven Cleaner from APT

The industrial oven cleaners you’ll find with APT have been scientifically developed to deliver. Your average oven cleaner won’t cut it when it comes to the heat of the working kitchen and our products will cut through all types of grease, food deposits, grime and carbon deposits, leaving behind a sparkling oven that looks brand new.

More importantly it will comply with all health and safety regulations; leave you with the ability to cook without having to worry about the contamination of food from hard to remove grease and oils from the day before, and it will do the job effectively. You won’t have to spend hours of your time scrubbing the oven clean, let our industrial oven cleaners do the work and you can just wipe the grime away and put the finishing touches to the job.

The Benefits of Silicone Lubricants in the Food Production Industry

The Benefits of Silicone Lubricants in the Food Production Industry

Within the food industry you’re likely to find silicone lubricants being widely used as a great way to protect equipment and machinery and also for cleaning purposes. A lubricant is required on moving parts of machinery and on surfaces that are more likely to become clogged with grease and oils, such as in the food production industry.

By using a lubricant on your machinery it is more likely to last at a high level of effectiveness and productivity as the lubricant cleans and coats the surfaces, preventing them from wearing out from friction or allowing mould and rust to settle in places, causing degradation of the equipment. 

Why Silicone Lubricants?

Silicone lubricants are a fantastic option in harsh environments such as the food production and chemical industries. There are a number of reasons why this is the case and over a longer period a silicone lubricant will be much more effective than an organic lubricant in your workplace.

At room temperature a silicone lubricant is less likely to be affected by any temperature changes in the immediate environment due to its viscosity and high boiling point, and because of their inertness to most chemicals a silicone lubricant is perfect for the food industry. They are also incredibly versatile and strong, able to withstand huge weight as well as temperature.

It’s resistance to oxidisation means that silicone is always an attractive option for a lubricant when compared to an organic lubricant. The whole reason you need a lubricant for cleaning and as a preventative measure is because you want your equipment and machinery to last as long as possible at the high standard it currently performs at.

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 Silicone Lubricants from APT

If your machinery runs smoothly in your food production area, then your business will too. Silicone lubricants are intended to minimise the impact of friction between multiple moving parts, ensuring that the productivity levels of your company are never at risk of grinding down to a halt due to burnout.

At APT we understand how important that is and have developed silicone lubricants that are perfect for the food industry, especially when compared to the effectiveness of organic lubricants. We only sell the highest quality of products across our whole range and our silicone lubricant is no different.

Take a look at http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/silicone-lubricant

You can use it on any number of surfaces – saving you on your budget as you’ll be able to use one for all aspects of your cleaning and machinery protection. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about silicone lubricants for your specific industry and machinery, we’ll be more than happy to offer advice and guidance.  Give us a call and we can talk you through the benefits for your productivity, long term budgets and machinery maintenance.

 

 

 

Brick Cleaner – How to Effectively Clean Brickwork

If left for a long period without any cleaning being undertaken the brickwork to your property can start to become dirty and covered in moss. Of course the longer you leave it like this, the harder it will become to effectively remove.

What are your main options when it comes to cleaning brick without damaging the surface and the appearance of your property? Each of the options below can be used in conjunction with a cleaning fluid; there are so many options available on the market that it can hard to know which one is most suited to your property, type of brickwork and situation.

Hand Washing

Using a stiff brush to scrub away with and a bucket full of hot soapy water you can manually clean the brickwork on the exterior wall of your home or business premises. Of course, by scrubbing away at the brickwork you will remove some of the dirt, and some of the moss which is growing there but it will take a huge amount of time and effort on your part.

 It won’t however give you a deep, penetrative clean which if you are in a position where the brickwork requires cleaning is probably what you were hoping for come the end of the task. Cleaning brickwork can be difficult to judge and dependent on the type of cleaning fluid you are using and the surface itself, washing by hand could potentially leave you unsatisfied with the end result.

Pressure Washing

The pressure washer is the go to piece of equipment when any large surface area needs a deep cleanse it seems. It will give you the power and efficiency from high water pressure that allows you to get into the nooks and crannies and really blast away not just the excess dirt and marks from your brickwork.

Once you’ve blasted off the excess dirt and got into all areas of the brickwork and mortar there is a danger that by blasting at the surface you are in fact damaging the surface for good and leaving behind not just a surface that looks brand new, but a new surface itself – not the one you originally had when you turned on the pressure washer.

Industrial Cleaner from APT

At APT we develop our products over many years to ensure that they not only effectively perform the cleaning tasks they say they do, but that they are safe to use and leave no lasting damage at all to the surfaces being treated. We’ve taken this approach with our Extreme Wash 80 product, which is perfect for the tricky surface to clean – brickwork. http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/extreme-wash-80-acid-brick-cleaner-2

You won’t have to worry about trying many different methods of cleaning your bricks once you’ve used Extreme Wash 80 as it is a product that works no matter the surface or the methods you use to clean with it.

It is a concentrated cleaning fluid which works perfectly on brickwork and also functions as a highly effective industrial descaler, so if you require the exterior of your premises to be fully cleaned and looking brand new, and your pipe work is struggling to function to its full potential due to limescale build-up, this product is definitely for you. It’s fast acting, doesn’t require too much elbow grease and will save you time and money testing out all the other, less effective, brick cleaners on the market. For more information visit our online catalogue or call the customer service team today and we’ll be happy to offer guidance on your specific situation regarding brick cleaning and exterior work.

If its algae remover you need then try - http://www.aptcommercialchemicals.co.uk/algae-free-moss-and-algae-remover

Or if your project is too big and you need property services company why not try our sister company www.apt-icc.co.uk