Washing vs. Soft Washing: Which is Right for You?

Spring is in the air, and that means it's time to start thinking about sprucing up your home or business with a good pressure washing. But what's the difference between pressure washing and soft washing, and which one is right for you? Keep reading to find out!

Pressure Cleaning is a process that relies on both pressurized water and various chemicals and detergents to clean. By utilizing pressurized spray of water onto a surface, materials such as dirt, mud, mildew, mold and other contaminants are removed from the exterior of your home. Because pressure cleaning primarily relies on force, it is recommended that these cleaning techniques only be used on hard, exterior surfaces such as patios, sidewalks, fences, decks, and driveways and by trained professionals. These areas sometimes need the extra power to remove the pollutants. However, specific cleaning solutions are also necessary to properly power wash and surface. Knowing the type of siding you have and the type of contaminant will determine the best cleaning solution for your needs. In the hands of trained a professional, a pressure washer can be used on any surface to effectively clean virtually any surface, from the most delicate to the hardest. A professional pressure cleaning technician knows how to adjust the pressure, the application of detergent and the force at which various surfaces are cleaned to safely and effectively clean your property.

Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing: What's the Difference?

The main difference between pressure washing and soft washing is the amount of pressure used. Pressure washing uses high-pressure water to blast away dirt, grime, and other build-up on surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, decks, and patios. Soft washing, on the other hand, uses lower amounts of water pressure combined with biodegradable cleaning solutions to gently remove build-up from surfaces. 

Benefits of Pressure Washing 

 Pressure washing is ideal for removing heavy build-up on surfaces like driveways and sidewalks. If you have a deck or patio that's seen better days, pressure washing can also be a great way to restore its original beauty. Pressure washing is also effective at removing graffiti and other unwanted markings from surfaces.

Benefits of Soft Washing 

Soft washing is a great option for more delicate surfaces like siding and roofs. The lower amount of water pressure used in soft washing means there's less risk of damaging these surfaces. Soft washing is also an effective way to remove mold, mildew, and algae from surfaces. 

How to Pressure Wash 

If you're going to be pressure washing your own home or business, there are a few things you'll need to do first. First, clear the area of any loose debris or obstacles that could get in the way. Next, inspect your pressure washer to make sure all the parts are securely fastened and there are no leaks. Once you've done that, you're ready to start pressure washing! Begin by wetting down the surface with low-pressure water before turning up the pressure and moving the wand in a back-and-forth motion across the surface. When you're finished, be sure to rinse off any soap or cleaners that may have been left behind. 

How to Soft Wash 

Soft washing is a bit different than pressure washing in that you'll need to apply cleaners to the surface before rinsing them off with low-pressure water. Begin by mixing your chosen cleaner with water in a pump sprayer according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the mixture is ready, apply it evenly to the surface using a low-pressure setting on your pump sprayer. Allow the cleaner to dwell on the surface for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with low-pressure water from your garden hose. 

Now that you know the difference between pressure washing and soft washing, as well as the benefits of each, it's time to decide which one is right for you. If you're not sure which method will work best for your particular project, don't hesitate to contact a professional for help!


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