Friday September 6, 2019
You may have heard about soft washing, and how it’s a great way to clean your home or business. But what is soft washing? Is it really as effective as pressure washing? Why should you consider it for your exterior cleaning needs?
Soft washing is a low-pressure alternative to pressure washing. Instead of using the typical 1,300 - 2,800 PSI (pounds per square inch), soft washing uses only 1,000 PSI or less. The soft washing process includes using a cleaning solution to get rid of dirt, mold, algae, and mildew, and a low-pressure rinse to clean the solution off.
1. Protects your property.
Soft washing uses a low-pressure nozzle, so it doesn’t damage tile or shingle roofs. When you need your walls or fences cleaned, soft washing keeps your wood and plants safe from being eroded or broken by high pressure. And for delicate surfaces like pavers or lounge chairs in pool areas, soft washing protects them while effectively removing mold, mildew, and algae.
Best of all, most companies use biodegradable solutions with their soft washing. These solutions are highly effective, but they won’t affect your landscaping or grass. Solutions with no alcohol or ammonia also protect fabrics and flooring from acidic damage. No matter what surface you need cleaned, low pressure is a good option if you’re concerned about damage to your property.
2. Cleans more effectively.
Because soft washing relies on the cleaning power of the solution used instead of high pressure, it kills algae, mildew, and mold instead of simply stripping it. Pressure washing removes discoloration and growth from surfaces but may not sterilize the surface. Soft washing, on the other hand, strips the growth of harmful substances and sterilizes the surface being cleaned to prevent new growth. In fact, soft washing is proven to last 4-6 times longer than pressure washing.
3. Extends the life of your roof.
Did you know that algae, mildew, and mold can actually break down the materials in your roof? Soft washing removes and kills the harmful substances that eat away at your roof without damaging it. That means that regular soft washes help your roof last longer.
Without the build-up of ugly, damaging growth, your roof will keep your home safe and protected for years to come. The preservative power of regular roof cleanings has even caught the attention of the insurance industry - read our recent blog about how roof cleanings can save your insurance policy.
4. Saves you money.
Because soft washing cleans more effectively and lasts 4-6 times longer than pressure washing, you won’t need to get a cleaning as often. Fewer cleanings means less money spent on exterior maintenance! That’s a statement every homeowner and business owner can get behind.
But because soft washing is also safer, you’ll have less expenses from repairing damaged roofs, fences, and landscaping. Plus, with regular roof cleanings to prevent build up of algae, mildew, and mold, you can save money on roof repairs and replacements. With soft washing, spending some money now to save a lot of money later is definitely accurate!
With all these factors, soft washes are worth your money. Have more questions about soft washing? Want to talk with a professional about how you can get a soft wash? You can call, email, Facebook message, or leave your questions on our contact page! We’re ready to help you with any exterior cleaning need.