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What are the advantages of organic glass cleaners?

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Written by Lars Ammerlaan | Last update: 04-07-2019

Organic, ecological, sustainable and environmentally friendly. These are terms which seem to appear more and more through the years. In every sector, a shift towards sustainable working can be seen. Also within the horticultural sector. Within the sector, chemical glass cleaners have been used for a long time. However, a steady shift from chemical to sustainable alternatives is present now. 

The crop deserves clean glass

In order to prevent losses in transmission, it is important to keep the roof of the greenhouse clean. Each percent of light is crucial, which leads us to the well-known expression in horticulture: “One percent extra light equals one percent extra production”. Especially during winter, when the amount of light is relatively low, every percent of light counts. 

Dirt often piles up both on the in and outside of the glass, unnoticed. A loss of transmission of 10% can be caused by dust, algae, rust, chalk and soot on the glass, which isn’t always noticeable to the bare eye, but it is to the crop. “Just like the right humidity or concentration of CO2 in the greenhouse, light is an essential factor for a crop’s growth. Therefore, never underestimate the effect of clean glass” according to shading agent specialist Gai Vegter. 

Difference chemical and organic glass cleaners

Traditional glass cleaners based on hydrofluoric acid, clean perfectly and don’t need much time to get the job done. Yet, some disadvantages can be named by shading agent specialist Gai Vegter.

Glass can be roughened and etched as an effect of the hydrofluoric acid, which many traditional glass cleaners are based on. A rougher surface tends to attract more dirt and condense than a smooth surface. This is why these traditional, hydrofluoric acid based-products should be rinsed with water after 10 minutes. If not, the risk for damaged glass increases. The anti-reflecting coating which is applied to more roofs of greenhouses nowadays, risk irreversible damage when making use of products based on hydrofluoric acid.   

Hydrofluoric acid has a strong and harmful vapor effect for both humans and plants. Some of the crops are sensitive to such an extent that they suffer from the neighbor cleaning the greenhouse, because of an unfavorable direction of the wind. 

Why organic glass cleaners?

More often, customers and supermarkets ask for products produced sustainably. With this development, organic class cleaners can be the answer. Due to these clean alternatives, cultivators are enabled to truly work in a sustainable way, in which humans, animals and the environment are taken into account. 

Greenhouse Glassclean

Greenhouse Glassclean, abbreviated as GGC, is an organic and environmentally friendly glass cleaner. This product is 100% safe for humans and the environment, does not contain any harmful components, does not have a vapor effect and is mild to the skin. 
It is used to clean the greenhouse, both in and outside and can be applied to all different types of glass, including diffuse glass and anti-reflecting (AR) glass. It is the alternative to chemical glass cleaners, which are now used to clean the roof of the greenhouse. 

Make use of GGC when you are looking for a cleaner and safer product with decalcifying effect against algae, moss, a green layer, chalk and other mineral pollution. Greenhouse Glassclean can be used as a foaming product easily, by making use of a special lance. Like this, a longer time of contract of the glass and the product is ensured, which  makes more thorough cleaning possible. This is a good solution to extremely polluted surfaces. Obviously, like done the most in practice, GGC can be applied with a normal lance. This normal lance keeps the product from foaming. 

*Contact our shading agent specialist to check the suitability for your type of glass

What other organic cleaners are there?

There are several other organic cleaners, with active ingredients such as organic acids, natural plant extracts and bio-based solvents and surfactants. In addition to Greenhouse Glassclean, NutriClean and Floorclean X-treme are environmentally friendly and sustainable cleaners with different applications. NutriClean is a HACCP verified cleaner for places in which food production is done, suitable for cleaning amongst others floors, walls, work-benches, tables, machines and other washable surfaces. Floorclean X-treme is a floor cleaner, perfect for cleaning water-resistant and solid floors.

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Specialist Lars AmmerlaanAbout Lars Ammerlaan

Lars Ammerlaan, product specialist in shading agents and diffuse coatings, has been working at Royal Brinkman since 2017. After the position of assistant cultivation manager, and later on account manager, he made the switch to his current position. Lars has gained a lot of knowledge through his practical experience, which enables him to offer customers targeted and personal advice. Lars enjoys visiting the growers’ greenhouses and thinking along with them about suitable solutions. 'The challenging part of this job is the international part. Abroad things can sometimes be very different compared to the Netherlands and that makes it an interesting job, in which I can continue to develop myself.

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