Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing – You’ve probably heard these two terms tossed around and assumed they were interchangeable. They certainly do have similarities but while their purpose is the same (to clean the exterior of a home or other building), the method to achieve that is a bit different.
Traditional pressure washing uses high-powered jets of water blended with harsh chemicals to remove stains from siding, concrete walkways, decking and the like. Unfortunately, while effective at removing stains, this method can also cause a lot of damage in the process. Because it’s so powerful, it can cause dents and pitting in siding, peel paint from wood, blow window seals, and destroy surrounding landscaping.
That’s why the shift is underway for many companies to switch to soft washing, which utilizes a low-pressure nozzle attached to a pressure washing gun or wand. Biodegradable chemicals are used that are gentle on plants and flowers but tough enough to remove stains left by mold, algae, lichen, pollen, dirt and moss. You can use this method on anything from roofs and decks to patios and siding for safe yet effective results that last.
Traditional power washing still has a use: it’s best for deep-set concrete, brick and sidewalk stains that need more than a gentle wash to remove unsightly marks. Soft washing is best when roofs, siding, wooden decks and fences are involved. In these cases, only a mild pressure is needed. Always be leery if a company says they will use a high-pressure wash on the home itself, as this could damage your vinyl siding, window frames, gutters, and soffits. Another risk is that water can get behind your siding and roofing material, leading to leaks that you may never be able to pinpoint the source of without professional help.
Because it uses less pressure, soft washing also uses much less water than traditional power washing. Plus, the cleaning solutions used are eco-friendly, with a combination of mildew-cides, algae-cides and soaps.
Both methods are applied with a commercial pressure washing machine, which can properly disperse chemicals and apply the right amount of volume and pressure ratio for the surface at hand. Pressure washers use about 4000 psi, while soft washing uses just 100 psi.
While professionals can use both pressure washing and soft washing on your home, it’s important to choose an expert that inherently knows which pressure combinations and nozzle extensions are required to achieve a safe, effective result. This is where experience comes in. You want to know that your soft washing expert can decide on the fly which detergents will most effectively break down which stains, all while protecting the home itself, as well as plants and vegetation.
When choosing a soft washing company, do your research into their experience, and types of chemicals and equipment used. Clearview Washing – Window Washing Holmdel is very upfront with our methods, so give us a call to learn more today!