Softwashing is a great way to clean building walls and roofs, but sometimes its success depends on the climate and current temperature. Softwashing in the summer is easy but the winter can often bring some complications. Here are 3 ways to survive the winter when softwashing:
#1 Don’t Let Your Materials Freeze
Leaving your chemicals and apparatus out in the cold will only shorten their life expectancy. When water freezes and thaws, it expands and contracts causing damage to sometimes even the strongest materials. We recommend that you leave your equipment in your van or even unload everything at the end of the day to be stored at room temperature.
#2 Be Patient
Chemicals and softwashing solutions can take longer to work in colder conditions. This means that you may have to use more chemicals in your solutions as well as adapting to a longer dwell time. If weather conditions are well below zero, you may struggle with the softwashing runoff freezing. This can often be combatted by performing the job later in the day, giving the building a chance to heat up a bit from the day light.
#3 Build Alternative Sources of Income
The winter (especially if you get a lot of snow) is a great time to work on other aspects of your softwashing business that you may have been neglecting for a long period of time. You may have the chance to build a new website or design some new brochures to use for marketing purposes. Equally, the winter may also be a great time to add another service to your business such as gritting, de-icing or ploughing snow.