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  • Cleaning Artificial Grass and Turf

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    How to Care for your Artificial or Astro Turf Lawn

    Any home owner with an artificial lawn knows that it lasts for many years. It can easily tolerate foot traffic from pets and children. Routine maintenance should be carried out during the warm months to keep it looking nice whilst remaining safe and bacteria free.

    An artificial grass lawn should remain green all year round, however dirt, grime, and pet faeces can dull the colour and degrade that appearance. Soils such as leaves and sticks can be removed easily as can animal mess.

    So, how should you clean your artificial lawn from Dog and cat urine, dog hair, wood chips, leaves, litter, dirt and  stains

    Can I use brushes and brooms?

    The simple answer is yes, but take care - rakes with metal prongs can rip your fine artificial grass. You can use a rake or broom with a plastic tip but not metal prongs.

    Your plastic tipped brush or broom should be sufficient for removing dirt. If your turf covers a large area, a leaf blower is effective for dispersing  loose debris. After using a blower, you may still may need to rake over the lawn for any materials trapped in the grass.


    Can I power wash artificial grass?

    Power washing the turf will clean the artificial grass quickly. Take care not to power wash solids. Pick up any solids including pet faeces before power washing.  Watch out for seeds on the turf, these can sprout and grow into weeds.

    Keep the power washer nozzle  at least a foot  away from the artificial turf to avoid damage. Try and angle the nozzle as you spray the turf as this has the effect of fluffing the green blades upright.

    If you want, every 2 or 3 months, you can use chemicals such as Artificial Grass Cleaner from FUZE Products in your pressure washer which clean and sanitise the artificial grass. Never use products that contain acid or bleach. Some chemical products can permanently ruin the green look. For example, undiluted bleach will discolour your artificial grass.

    For small stains or oil patches try Artificial Grass Spot Cleaner 

  • Polymer Pre-Treatment Technologies

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    PolyCoat 22 from Natech Ltd

    Natech Polycoat products are water based, dry in place  reactive pre-treatment coatings. They suitable for all types of metals. Coatings can be air or force dried.

    Coating thickness various according to application technique, but is generally in the range 100 to 200 angstroms. Coatings are a mixed oxide nano layer bound in an inert polymer film. This prevents occlusions and other coating defects from adversely affecting corrosion performance.

     

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     Polycoat Before Paint          900 Hours Salt Spray

    Applications

    Polycoat is an excellent choice for short pre-treatment lines where the very best in salt spray performance is required, and where parts can be very variable in terms of cleanliness. It is suitable for all metal types.

    This technology typically runs at 0.5% to 1% v/v and ambient temperatures,  so gives excellent economy. It is also suitable for use in tanks that are not heated. The product works perfectly in either spray or dip tanks, giving the end user maximum versatility.

    Polycoat comes into its own on short lines where variable parts are being processed. The technology is very versatile when it comes to part cleanliness. Polycoat will give good results on parts that are reasonably clean without any initial pre-clean. As such it is ideal for a single stage pre treatment process such as through a pressure wash gun.

    Advantages

    Polycoat extends the capability of a 3 stage pre-treatment  line greatly in terms of salt spray and humidity performance. Expect Cold Rolled Steel to achieve upwards of 1000 hours B117 neutral salt spray. Aluminium castings and galvanised steel up to 1500 hours and aluminium up to 3000 hours. Thus it brings zinc phosphate performance to single stage pre treatment.

    Polycoat contains no heavy metals and is completely biodegradable. It does not offer any environmental hazard. Polycoat offers unrivalled safety for users.

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  • Removing Mould from the Home

    Removing Mould

    Mould is a common problem in many homes in the UK due to the damp climate. It is usually found in rooms such as the bathroom, shower room or kitchen where humidity is high. In these rooms it is generally seen on the ceiling or walls. Removing mould is actually fairly easy, but the longer it is left the more difficult it will be to get rid of.

    The first thing needed when removing mould is a water based mould remover. Solvent based products are available but these can emit noxious fumes and are not advisable for use in confined areas such as bathrooms and laundries where ventilation may be poor.

    mould removal productsMethod of Use

    The method of use will depend upon the surface being treated. If mould is growing in the corners of a shower, bath or windows it can be sprayed on. Most mould removal products start controlling the mould immediately. This same approach can be used for small patches of mould on carpets, curtains and furniture. A few sprays should be sufficient to destroy mould spores.

    If the area affected by mould is large, such as an entire wall, the product can be applied via a knapsack sprayer. Allow the Mould Remover to soak into the entire area. For areas such as walls and floors, a follow up treatment with a Damp Seal is advisable to help prevent further outbreaks of mould. For painted areas it is a good idea to add an anti mould additive to the paint

    Mould is an accumulation of fungi that starts to grow when the conditions are right, such as in the presence of water and warmth. Unfortunately in rooms such as bathrooms it is impossible to remove these conditions thus it is important to create a good flow of air. The presence of an extraction fan or an open window is essential when bathing or showering.

    If the water is coming from a leak or even a blocked gutter, it is important that the problem is fixed otherwise the mould will reoccur

  • How to Clean your Driveway

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    What is the best way to clean your driveway ? Whether you are have a concrete, stone, brick or a tarmac  driveway, the surface is porous and gets dirty easily. Your car tyres bring oil and all kinds of grime onto your driveway. You want to keep a clean driveway, but it takes hours with a broom and hose pipe.

    The best and quickest way to clean your driveway is with a pressure washer. These machines spray a high volume of water at a high pressure (some even at a high temperature) in order to expedite cleaning. For pressure washing driveways, we recommend a washer with pressures of at least 3000 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch). Once you have your pressure washer and a driveway to clean.

    Just follow these easy steps to make your drive look new again:

    1. Clear the Driveway — Move cars, debris, and toys to make the way clear for the pressure washer.
    2. Deal with Grease and Oil — Soak up any spots of excess grease or oil with sand or saw dust
    3. Use Chemicals — Pre-treat the drive with a pressure washer detergent or degreaser as neede. Use these as per the manufacturers instructions.
    4. Pressure Wash — Direct the high-pressure stream over the entire surface of the driveway, removing dirt and grime along the way. When you are done, your driveway will look as good as new.

     If you have been researching pressure washers, you have probably come up with a few questions about which nozzles or accessories to use for this application.


    Rotary Turbo Nozzle — A rotary turbo nozzle will focus the water into a very fine stream, but constantly rotate that stream in order to cover a wider area. This is very useful when cleaning concrete, bricks and pavers.  Covering a wider area means that pressure washing driveways will take you fewer passes, and less time.



    Hard Surface Cleaner — This is the quickest option for pressure washing driveways. These machines have 2 or 3 nozzles attached to the end of a rotary arm that spins covering areas of 8 inches all the way up to 30 inches. These cleaners can regulate the pressure applied depending on the surface being cleaned so you always get the perfect finish.

     Fuze Products can supply a "Stone Cleaner" which is ideal for both moss treatment and general cleaning. Click HERE for details.

     

  • How to Control Moss on Driveways

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    Removing moss from driveways is simple and easy to do. The solution is not expensive and does not cause damage to the substrate. If you read this blog you will soon learn how to control moss.

    Tarmac and brick  driveways and paths, whilst looking great and being extremely functional, can rapidly be coated in moss, lichen & algae. The surface is very rough in its construction encouraging moisture retention and allowing moss to start growing.  This moisture provides the 'food' that the moss requires to grow. The  uneven surface provides excellent protection for spores.

    Preparation

    Before any treatment, we recommend that you  brush the area, preferably with a good stiff broom, to remove as much dirt and loose growth as possible.   If your driveway has weeds then ideally these should be removed too using a weedkiller.

    Treatment

    After brushing your driveway, spray the area with Sprayaway Rapid Moss Remover.

    Generally no rinsing is required, excess product will simply be washed away next time it rains. However for real stone driveways, such as Indian stone it is recommended to rinse with a hosepipe after 20-30 minutes to avoid staining.

    The moss will start to turn brown within 24 to 48 hours.  At this time it can be washed away with a power washer or by using a hosepipe and a broom.

    Any green discolouration on the driveway will also have been removed.

    Once the area has been cleaned and is dry, we advise the application of Sprayaway Seal  as this will kill any remaining moss spores and  provide protection against re-growth of moss for 6 to 12 months.

    Prevention

    To control moss, always  keep your driveway clean and remove leaves and anything that causes shade across the area especially during the winter months.

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