Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

You have likely heard these two terms used interchangeably. While they do have some similarities in that their purpose is to clean an exterior surface, the way they achieve that clean is different.

Traditional pressure washing utilizes high-powered jets of water combined with harsh chemicals with the aim of removing stains from siding, concrete walkways, and decking. Problem is, while this method is effective at removing stains, it can cause a lot of damage in the process due to its power.

It can:

  • Cause dents and pitting in siding
  • Peel paint from wood
  • Blow window seals
  • Destroy surrounding landscaping

Soft washing, on the other hand, utilizes a low-pressure nozzle attached to a pressure washing gun or wand. It incorporates biodegradable chemicals that are gentle on plants and flowers but tough enough to remove stains left by mold, algae, lichen, pollen, dirt and moss. It’s great on any surface, such as roofs, decks, patios and siding. It’s safe and long lasting.

Soft Washing VS Window Washing


When to Use Traditional Power Washing

Traditional power washing is still useful in some circumstances, ideal for deep-set concrete, brick and sidewalk stains that need more than a gentle wash to get rid of all those unsightly marks.

When to Use Soft Washing

Soft washing should be used on residential roofs, siding, wooden decks and fences with minimal staining because those structures are more delicate. They only call for a mild pressure.

You should be concerned if a company says they will use a high-pressure wash on your home, as this aggressive approach could damage your vinyl siding, window frames, gutters, and soffits. Plus, this can allow water to get behind your siding and roofing material, leading to leaks that will be difficult to pinpoint the source of without getting help from a professional.

Soft washing uses less pressure and less water than traditional power washing. The cleaning solutions are eco-friendly, an even combination of mildew-cides, algae-cides and soaps.

Both methods are applied using a commercial pressure washing machine. This is designed to properly disperse chemicals and apply the right amount of volume and pressure ratio for the surface in question.

To break it down:

Pressure washers use about 4000 psi

Soft washing uses just 100 psi

Yes, professionals can use both pressure washing and soft washing on your home, but you should choose a professional who knows which pressure combinations and nozzle extensions are required for a safe, effective result. Bottom line is, look for experience. Your soft washing expert should be able to decide quickly which detergents will most effectively break down the stains on your home, all while protecting the house, plants and vegetation.

Rest assured, Clearview Washing is very upfront with our methods, so give us a call to learn more today!

Contact Clearview Washing

Got more questions about soft washing vs. pressure washing? Call Clearview Washing today at 732-462-1187. We also offer other services such as gutter cleaning, roof cleaning and solar panel cleaning.

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