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Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide is a concentrated biocide formulated for the treatment of dry rot, moulds, algae, and lichens on masonry substrates and brickwork. This 1 litre concentrate can be diluted with water to produce 25 litres of ready-to-use product, making it a highly cost-effective solution.
The unique formulation contains 'Polyphase,' a carbonate fungicide specifically designed to control dry rot (Serpula Lacrymans) in walls. Its special properties, including a micro emulsion system, ensure fast action, excellent absorption rates, and deep penetration into masonry when sprayed or injected.
Approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, this product is exclusively for use by professional operators and as a surface biocide. It is non-flammable and offers a comprehensive solution to address wood-destroying organisms and unsightly growth on masonry surfaces.
Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide should only be used on Masonry Substrates. For an effective Dry Rot Treatment for use on Timber, see WoodGuard Dual or Lignum Pro Gel.
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Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide is an exceptional product designed for the treatment of a range of issues related to masonry substrates and brickwork. As a concentrated biocide, it offers professional operators a highly effective and cost-efficient solution for combatting dry rot, moulds, algae, and lichens, thus preserving the integrity and aesthetics of masonry surfaces. The 1 litre concentrate can be easily diluted with water to produce an impressive 25 litres of ready-to-use product, making it an economically viable choice for professionals seeking comprehensive and long-lasting results.
The unique formulation of Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide sets it apart, as it contains 'Polyphase,' a robust carbonate fungicide known for its unparalleled efficacy in controlling dry rot, particularly Serpula Lacrymans, a common concern in masonry structures. This ensures that the product is specifically tailored to address the precise needs of professionals dealing with dry rot infestations within walls, offering a targeted and potent approach to combatting this destructive issue.
Additionally, this versatile biocide is not limited to dry rot treatment alone. It also serves as a highly effective tool for the removal and prevention of moulds, algae, and lichens from interior and exterior surfaces. This broad-spectrum capability makes it a valuable asset for professionals looking to provide comprehensive masonry maintenance services, addressing a spectrum of issues with a single, powerful product.
The special properties of this unique micro emulsion system ensure rapid action and excellent absorption rates when the biocide is applied to masonry surfaces through spraying or injection. This enables the active ingredients to penetrate deeply into the masonry, reaching and addressing the root causes of the issues at hand. This deep penetration is a crucial aspect of ensuring thorough and long-lasting treatment results, making Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide a highly dependable and effective choice for professional operators.
Approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986, this product is exclusively intended for use by professional operators, ensuring that it meets stringent regulatory standards and is employed responsibly. Its designation as a surface biocide further underscores its suitability for a range of masonry surfaces and structures, offering professionals a versatile and dependable solution for various applications.
Moreover, the biocide's non-flammable nature enhances its safety and usability, providing peace of mind to professionals working with the product in diverse settings. This critical feature contributes to a seamless and secure application process, fostering confidence in the use of Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide for professional treatments.
In summary, Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide stands out as a comprehensive, cost-effective, and professionally tailored solution for the treatment of dry rot, moulds, algae, and lichens on masonry substrates and brickwork. Its unique formulation, efficient dilution ratio, broad-spectrum capabilities, micro emulsion system, regulatory compliance, and non-flammable nature collectively position it as a top choice for addressing a variety of masonry-related concerns, offering professionals a powerful tool to deliver exceptional results while ensuring safety and regulatory adherence.
Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide carries the HSE Approval No 9224.
Cost-Efficiency: By offering a 25:1 dilution ratio, Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide delivers exceptional cost efficiency. This enables professionals to treat a larger surface area with a minimal amount of product, reducing overall project costs and enhancing the profitability of professional services.
Specialised Dry Rot Control: The inclusion of 'Polyphase,' a carbonate fungicide dedicated to controlling dry rot, ensures targeted and potent treatment of this destructive issue. Professionals can rely on this specialised formulation to effectively combat dry rot, particularly the prevalent Serpula Lacrymans, in masonry structures.
Broad-Spectrum Application: Not limited to dry rot treatment, this biocide also works effectively to remove and prevent moulds, algae, and lichens from both interior and exterior surfaces. This broad-spectrum capability makes it a versatile and valuable asset for professionals providing comprehensive masonry maintenance services.
Rapid Action and Deep Penetration: The unique micro emulsion system delivers fast action and deep penetration into masonry when applied through spraying or injection. This ensures thorough treatment results by reaching and addressing the root causes of the issues at hand, providing long-lasting protection for masonry surfaces.
Regulatory Compliance and Safety: Approved under the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986 and designated for use only as a surface biocide, this product meets stringent regulatory standards and is intended for use by professional operators. Its non-flammable nature further enhances safety, ensuring secure application in diverse settings.
Dry Rot Infestations in Walls: Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide is optimal for treating dry rot, particularly the destructive Serpula Lacrymans, in masonry structures. Its specialized formulation offers professionals a targeted and potent approach to combatting this issue, ensuring comprehensive and long-lasting results.
Mould, Algae, and Lichen Removal and Prevention: The biocide's broad-spectrum capabilities make it highly effective for the removal and prevention of moulds, algae, and lichens from interior and exterior surfaces. This versatility enables professionals to address a wide range of masonry-related concerns with a single, powerful product.
IPBC (3-Iodo-2-Propynyl Butyl Carbamate) is a broad-spectrum biocide and preservative used to protect wood, masonry, and other surfaces from decay, infestation, and microbial growth. In the context of Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide, IPBC serves as an active ingredient to combat dry rot in masonry and remove moulds, lichens, and algae.
For the treatment of dry rot in masonry, IPBC functions by inhibiting the growth and spread of the fungi responsible for causing dry rot, particularly the aggressive Serpula Lacrymans. It achieves this by disrupting the cellular processes of the fungi, thereby impeding their ability to thrive and propagate within the masonry substrate. By effectively targeting the root cause of dry rot, IPBC helps to arrest its progression and prevent further damage to the masonry structure, ultimately halting the destructive effects of this persistent and damaging issue.
In addition to combating dry rot, IPBC is also instrumental in the removal and prevention of moulds, lichens, and algae from masonry surfaces. Its broad-spectrum effectiveness enables it to act against a diverse range of microorganisms, ensuring comprehensive protection for masonry substrates and brickwork. By disrupting the vital processes of these microorganisms, IPBC effectively eliminates existing growth and creates an inhospitable environment for future infestations, thereby maintaining the aesthetic and functional integrity of the treated surfaces.
Rectify the defects contributing to the damp conditions which caused the outbreak (e.g. repair rain water drainage systems, roof leaks, etc. Improve sub-floor ventilation, install DPC).
Expose the full extent of the outbreak, including a margin of clearance beyond the last visible signs of growth in all directions, remove all mycelium, built-in timber lintels, wall plates, bonding timbers and plugs from the affected walls and clearance areas and dispose of by burning.
N.B. If it is considered impractical to remove all timber from infected walls etc., it may be possible to protect the in-situ depending on the precise conditions prevailing etc.
In a clean plastic drum add one litre of concentrate to 24 litres of clean water (makes 25 litres of final solution; rinse container prior to disposal).
Once diluted, the Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide solution remains stable for at least 7 days but should be agitated before use after lengthy storage. Drums of diluted material must be clearly labelled with the HSE number etc.
Before starting work ensure the following statutory precautions are observed.
Wear suitable protective clothing (coveralls) and synthetic rubber / PVC gloves plus eye protection when diluting or spraying overhead. Avoid excessive contamination of overalls and launder regularly.
Cover water storage tanks before application. Do not breathe spray mist. When using, do not eat, drink or smoke.
Do not contaminate watercourses or ground. Prevent any surface run-off from entering drains.
Dispose of waste material or container safely.
On Walls: Walls should be treated in depth with diluted Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide at the rate of 10 litres per m³ of brickwork masonry. 4.5” (115mm) brick walls can normally be treated by generous low pressure spray application (at 1 litre per 2m²) to both sides of the wall.
Thicker walls will need to be drilled at approximately 230mm staggered intervals over the area to be treated (12-16mm drill bit). Holes should be angles downward between 30° and 45° to facilitate filling them with the treatment solution.
When the walls are drilled from both sides, the depth of the hole should reach the centre of the wall. If the walls are drilled from one side only, the depth of the holes should extend to within approximately 50mm of the reverse face of the wall.
Such treatments should be completed by surface application to both faces of the walls, although external walls need not be sprayed from the outside. 11” (280mm) cavity walls can be treated as two separate 4.5” (115mm) walls providing sufficient access at suitable intervals to the cavity has been made to ensure proper application of the Biocide to the faces of the brickwork exposed within the cavity.
It should be ensured that the cavity is clear and where possible, ventilated.
Local conditions, wall materials and type of construction would determine any variations which may be necessary to the suggested method of treatment to ensure the correct quantity of fluid (10 litres per m³) is evenly distributed within the mass of brickwork or masonry being treated.
On Floors: Where the fungal growth has extended into the subfloor area below a timber ground floor structure, the base of the structural walls, sleeper walls and oversite of the affected area must also be treated with Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide.
Where the growth has penetrated a concrete oversite or subsoil it should be excavated and the exposed surface treated with Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide solution.
Note: Areas below ground level (where sources of moisture cannot be isolated) may not be suitable for treatment using the above procedures.
N.B. UNPROTECTED PERSONS AND ANIMALS SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY FROM TREATED AREAS FOR 48 HOURS OR UNTIL SURFACES ARE DRY.
Ideally, any area affected by dry rot should be left exposed as long as possible after treatment to facilitate rapid drying out of the masonry / oversite.
Nevertheless, re-instatement including re-plastering can proceed without delay after the application of Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide if required.
All replacement timbers should be treated with a Lignum Wood Preservative or Boron Wood Preservative (see Timber Treatments) and isolated from direct contact with masonry (e.g. use DPC material behind studwork for dry lining plasterboard or galvanised steel hangers to support joist ends).
In cases where damp conditions are likely to persist, timbers should be treated by industrial pre-treatment as detailed in BS 5589:1989.
If an adequate sub-floor ventilation system was a contributory factor to the Dry Rot outbreak, steps must be taken to improve the system. This can normally be achieved by inserting additional or larger air bricks, strategically placed and free from obstruction (see BRE DAS 73, 1986).
Any obstructions within the subfloor areas which would impede the cross flow movement of air must be dealt with. A satisfactory sub-floor ventilation system is one which will maintain the moisture content of the under side of the floor structure below 20%.
In cases of severe build up on surfaces, remove as much as possible by physical means or break up the surface before proceeding as below. Observe the general precautions listed above (Seen in 'Surface Preparation' For Dry Rot Treatment).
Some species of lichens are resistant to treatment due to their impervious surface.
To optimise the effect of the biocide solution it is advisable to abrade the face of such growths prior to treatment (e.g. by wire brush).
Following dilution (1:24 with clean water), application can be either with a low pressure pneumatic sprayer (course spray) or by a watering can with a fine rose attachment.
For small items such as headstones, etc., Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide solution may be applied by brush provided the solution is flooded generously into inscriptions and other cavities. Always direct the spray away from the body; do not spray directly overhead.
For maximum effectiveness Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide should be applied when surfaces are reasonably dry and when rain is not imminent. Treatment should take place in win free conditions to minimise spray drift.
Once existing organic growth has been killed by initial application (1-7 days) this should be removed by brushing or power hosing followed by a second application of Platinum Masonry Biocide.
In the case of roof treatments temporary wire netting guards should be provided over down pipes and the gutters cleared etc. once all the debris has been removed.
Re-treatment will be necessary at intervals to prevent growth becoming re-established. The life of treatments may be considerably shortened on:
Surfaces subject to excessive mechanical wear
Very dense substrates which do not absorb much fluid
Surfaces where dirt etc. is allowed to accumulate
Persistently damp surfaces.
Note: We do not recommend the use of this product on asbestos cement surface due to the risk of fibre release and dispersal during cleaning.
Removal of all organic growth from plaster and masonry surface is an essential pre-requisite for the successful performance of decorative coatings.
For interior work, most races of mould, algae, etc. should be removed initially by normal cleaning methods, followed by an application of Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide solution.
After Preparation work is complete, apply Platinum Micro Masonry Biocide solution to the surface. On relatively non-porous surfaces such as painted plaster or ceramic tiles the application rate can be reduced and the treating solution applied by fine mist spray.
N.B. Mould etc. colonies can cause damage to underlying substrates (paint, wallpaper). Care should be taken to ensure damaged decorations are removed prior to treatments and /or new coatings being applied. As soon as the surface is dry the decorative finish can be applied.
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