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    Colloidal Boost

    Can it be used as a prespray?

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    Colloidal Boost (pronounced “CO – LLOYD – AL”) Is a product with amazing potential. Aside from being a powerful booster, when added to your prespray solution, Colloidal Boost can, in some instances, be used as a stand alone prespray. The major benefits of using it in this way, are mainly health related. Colloidal Boost contains no solvents and no carcinogens. It has zero VOC’s (great for asthmatics and allergy sufferers), is neutral in pH, totally non-hazardous according to the criteria of NOHSC and SUSMP and only uses emulsifiers from natural feedstock.

    The only major limitation with using Colloidal Boost as a stand alone prespray, is foam. Foaminess shouldn’t be an issue on the majority of jobs but some low pile carpets could give you problems. Colloidal Boost works so well because the chemistry has the unique ability to loosen and suspend oily/ particulate dirt which is embedded deep inside the carpet fibre. This is obviously not an issue with hard surface cleaning but is HUGE with carpet cleaning. It also has powerful stain removal action on tannins which helps improve the general appearance of the carpet.

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    View & Download: Actichem – Colloidal Boost Fact Sheet

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    Emulsifiers – Extraction Liquids

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    Simply put, an emulsifier transforms the rinse water into an effective rinsing solution.

    Water on it’s own is neither a good cleaner nor rinsing agent, mainly due to it’s high surface tension and the presence of hard water salts.

    • The surface tension of water is more than 3 times higher than oily grime.
    • Water’s poor wetting ability prevents it from penetrating into the middle of the carpet yarn.
    • The hard water salts in water, hinder the rinse water from mixing with the prespray/soil
    • Because of water’s high surface tension, it dries in little droplets instead of spreading evenly
      over the substrate (called sheeting). This droplet formation makes drying slower.

    Dishwasher manufacturers recommend the use of a rinse aid to improve the water’s rinsing properties. Rinse aids promotes quicker and even drying so the crockery is spot free. In exactly the same way an emulsifier (extraction liquid) conditions the clean water in your portable or truck mount to be a highly effective rinsing agent.

    • Emulsifiers dramatically lower the surface tension of water.
    • Emulsifiers enable the rinse solution to quickly penetrate deep into the carpet yarn and flush
      out deep set soiling.
    • Emulsifiers emulsify the prespray/soil residues releasing them for easy rinsing
    • Emulsifiers cause the remaining moisture to “sheet” on the fibre for faster drying.

    Prespray/Soil Residues – the primary cause of rapid resoiling

    It only takes 1-2ml / Lt of emulsifier to transform water into this high performance rinsing solution. This excellent rinsing ability removes a higher quantity of emulsified soiling in a shorter space of time, leaving significantly less detergent/soil residues in the carpet which in turn dramatically reduces resoiling propensity. Professional cleaners typically comment on emulsifiers, saying:

    “Carpets are coming clean noticeably quicker”

    “The carpets I clean are drying approximately 20% faster” “I am getting carpets 15-20% cleaner than before”

    Maximising cleaning, Minimising residue

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    View & Download: Actichem – Why us an emulsifier

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    Diluting & Using Floor Strippers

    Floor Stripper Usage Rates

    AA 5Lt of AP400 Instastrip will make up 20Lt of RTU solution (1:4 dilution) which will be able to strip approximately 300m2 (1Lt per 15m2) on vinyl floor. If this is on tiles the rate would drop to 200m2 (1Lt per 10m2).

    For AP404 Powerstrip, a 5Lt will make up 20Lt of RTU solution (1:4 dilution) which will be able to strip approximately 200m2 (1Lt per 10m2) of tiled (eg terrazzo) floor. If the floor is porous or textured the rate would drop to 150m2 (1Lt per 7.5m2).

    The Powerstrip can also be used at up to 1:9 dilution (5Lt makes 50Lt) if the sealer being stripped is a water based polymer.

    Remember that Powerstrip must not be used on vinyl.

    Instastrip (Vinyl)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 300m2
    m2 per 1lt: 15m2

    Instastrip (Tile)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Powerstrip (Terrazzo)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Powerstrip (Textured)

    Dilution: 1:4
    5lt makes up: 20lt RTU Solution
    Strip Area: 150m2
    m2 per 1lt: 7.5m2

    Powerstrip (Water Based Sealers)

    Dilution: 1:9
    5lt makes up: 50lt RTU
    Strip Area: 200m2
    m2 per 1lt: 10m2

    Download this info as a handy PDF here: S&T_Floor Stripper Usage Rates

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    Download our Carpet Spotting Guide


    A high proportion of stains can be effectively removed using Conquer if treated early – however if you have a stain that you’re not quite sure how to treat, download our handy carpet spotting guide to work out the best treatment for your carpet stain.

    View & Download: Actichem_Carpet_Spotting_Guide

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    Tips for protecting Terracotta

    Tips for protecting Terracotta

    Terracotta Sealing

    Terracotta is normally sealed using a topical sealer.

    The secret to sealer durability is to use a “base coat” sealer such as AP420 Instaseal before applying any acrylic floor finishes.

    Also it must be thoroughly stripped with Powerstrip, rinsed well and totally dry (including grout joints) before application of sealer.

    However, on terracotta and especially if it is external the AP420 Instaseal would act as your finish coat as well. So basically 4-5 coats AP420 Instaseal is what you need.

    Floor Preparation (sealer removal)

    Strip the floor area thoroughly using AP404 Powerstrip to remove all existing sealer. Rinse the floor area thoroughly with clear water at least two times.

    Allow the floor area to dry completely before application of sealer.

    Sealing Terracotta

    What we recommend for outdoor terracotta is 4-6 coats of AP420 Instaseal.

    The Instaseal provides a very tough bond to the terracotta substrate and provides a good gloss level for outdoor applications. It is also important to note that the Instaseal is completely UV stable and will provide long lasting protection. Please see information sheets.

    Instaseal Coverage

    You can expect the following coverage rates from the Instaseal. Assuming a 5 coat system.

    The quantities in brackets is the required amount for each coat for 100m2.

    • 1st coat Instaseal 1Lt / 20m2 (5Lt)
    • 2nd coat Instaseal 1Lt / 40m2 (2.5Lt)
    • 3rd coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)
    • 4th coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)
    • 5th coat Instaseal 1Lt / 50m2 (2Lt)

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    Download our Sealer Selection Chart

    Actichem Sealer Selection

    Need help determing the best sealer to use for your construction project? View our handy chart by clicking the link below to view the best penetrating sealer for your needs organised by substrate type, oil and stain resistance, and water repellancy. Still not sure? Give one of the team a call.

    View & Download:  Actichem S&T_Sealer selection guide

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    How to effectively clean the cotton fringes and tassels

    Actichem Cleaning Oriental Rug Fringes

    The fringes should first be thoroughly cleaned with Rinse Pro (diluted 1:100) and allowed to dry until just damp. Then apply Spotaway U, comb into the fringes and allow to dry.

    You must remember that some fringes can be very fragile due to their age or environmental factors so you must be careful.

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    What is the best sealer for Limestone exterior walling?

    Limestone Exterior Walls

    When applying a penetrating sealer to Limestone exterior walling, you are first and foremost requiring water repellancy. There are good options for this in both water and solvent based options. The 4 best products for this application are:

    1. Defender CSD 50 – Provides water repellency and surface consolidation (strengthening)
    2. Defender Gold WB – Provides premium water repellency as well as a high degree of oil repellency
    3. Defender SV – Water repellent and rising damp cure (solvent based)
    4. Defender WB – Water repellent. (water based)

    What coverage would I expect to get from a penetrating sealer on a Limestone exterior wall?

    Limestone is typically very porous. However vertical surfaces tend to accept less sealer. Probably around 1Lt per 4m2 / application. If the area to be treated is large it would be wise to do a trial few square metres to better assess coverage.

    How many applications should I do of the sealer?

    Two applications is standard, but three may be required if the surface is very porous.

    How do I clean the surface of the stone before applying the sealer?

    Best results will be obtained using Tile & Grout Power (dilute 1:60). Use Chlorosan for any mould or discoloured areas which remain. Ensure that the surface is rinsed very well after cleaning. Walls should be left for 24 – 48 hours between cleaning and sealing.

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    Linen Lounge Cleaning – How to clean linen upholstery

    Linen Lounge Cleaning How to clean linen upholstery.

    Linen and cotton are very susceptible to discolouration from environmental factors and browning, and even from body oils.

    The best way to achieve positive results from the project is to use the Encap Fine Fabric.

    Ensure first that the fabric is water-cleanable (in other words not dry-clean only). The Encap Fine Fabric will help reduce browning and effectively remove typical soiling. If there is still evidence of browning or yellowing – a fine mist of Brownaway, Actichem CTR , Pet & Flood or Rinse Pro (dilute 1:20) be applied over the fabric and brushed in. Allow 10 minutes dwell time and then vacuum extract only.

    Encap Fine Fabric

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    Aquatic Centre Tiles – The secret to getting them clean

    Actichem Aquatic Tile Cleaning

    The soiling at aquatic centres is quite complex. Present in the soil is a significant component of body fats which requires alkalinity to remove and the other major component is calcium, magnesium and chloride ions from the water which requires an acid solution. Generally a combination of an alkaline clean followed by an acid clean is required for an effective deep clean. Depending on how busy the aquatic centre is, the proportion of body fats to mineral scale may be high and you will need to focus more on alkaline cleaning (eg busy aquatic centre) or the proportion of mineral scale may be much higher and a concentrated clean with an acid solution is required (eg hotel pool).

    It is also important to note that using an acid detergent on a regular (daily) basis is not advised as damage to the grout lines will occur. It is better to clean daily with an alkaline cleaner and then do a periodic clean (once a month) with an acid detergent. The acid clean will then remove any mineral scale which may have built up and also any detergent residue.

    Before proceeding with a major clean, it is advisable to conduct the following trials:

    Trial 1

    • Chemical Solution – Tile & Grout Cleaner LF dilute 1:5
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – System 7
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Trial 2 – Part A

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Power dilute 1:20
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water & then continue with Tile & Grout Restore process

    Trial 2 – Part B

    • Chemical SolutionTile & Grout Restore dilute 1:10
    • Dwell time – 5 minutes
    • Cleaning Pad – Medium stiff brush or blue pad (or similar)
    • Finish – Rinse with clean water

    Ongoing maintenance

    It is recommended to clean several times a week with an alkaline cleaner and then once a month do a “periodic clean” with Tile & Grout Restore.