CHLOR*WASH, a Chlor-Rid product by Milliken, is a cleaner that is used to remove soluble salts, which could cause premature coating failure. It is recommended for use anywhere that salts are identified and need to be removed prior to the coating process. Soluble salts are found on surfaces everywhere.
Soluble salts draw moisture through the coating system, causing blistering and premature failure. They can also cause degradation of the substrate and can corrode into deep pockets, repair challenging, which is obviously a greater cost issue. Lost productivity from protective coating failures is costly and can be hazardous. Surface preparation is essential to the longevity of the coating. Alternative methods are not as cost effective. Other methods require heat or use of hazardous chemicals. Some methods may leave residues that interfere with the adhesion of the protective coating, thus contributing to coating failure. The surface preparation step is the greatest determining factor of system performance. If surface soluble salts are present during the initial inspection process. Chlor*Wash should be part of every coating project to ensure the coating system performs as specified.
Pressure Washing: CHLOR*WASH may be added to the water of the pressure washer usually in a dilution ratio of 1:12. Add CHLOR*WASH by means of a metering pump, a reservoir water supply or a siphon device. Use potable water or other approved source. Flush washer and lines prior to application. In areas of heavy contamination, slow the wash speed to enable CHLOR*WASH to penetrate.
Hand Washing: May be sprayed onto a surface full strength using a garden type sprayer, then rinse off. Scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush may be implemented to assist in removal of heavy buildup.