Pressure washing has long been a staple when it comes to cleaning the exterior of buildings. Pressure washing does have its benefits, but there is also a long list of risks that come with the process, not to mention, that there are plenty of surfaces that cannot handle the force of pressure washing. Soft washing is an effective and safer alternative that you should consider.
Soft washing can offer a much deeper clean than pressure washing. One idea that is sometimes overlooked with pressure washing is the fact that pressure relies solely on a forceful water spray to clean. While the surface might look clean, any bacteria or other growths left behind from algae or rodents remain on the surface.
Soft washing, on the other hand, uses a combination of low-pressure water and gentle, yet effective, detergents and cleaning agents. Combined, this cleaning process helps to remove and also disinfect the surface, which ultimately offers a deeper clean.
The greatest concern with pressure washing is the risk of damage. Generally, pressure washing systems use a water stream that is rated at 1,000 psi, at a minimum. That level of force can remove shingles from a roof and break the glass in a window. The fact that soft washing involves the use of water at such a lower level means that these risks are reduced, and you have greater surface protection during the cleaning process.
Not only does this factor mean your home is better protected, but it also means that you don't have to do as much to prepare your home for the cleaning process, such as covering certain surfaces for protection.
Soft washing can mean that the exterior of your home can be cleaned in a much shorter time than with the pressure washing. Again, pressure washing is not safe for every surface. If you want to pressure wash your home, it means that the technician will have to keep rotating equipment or adjusting the pressure rating on the hose to clean the different surfaces, which will increase the time.
However, soft washing is safe for use on everything from brick to wood siding to asphalt shingles. As a result, there is no need to make changes or adjustments, so the entire cleaning process can be performed faster.
If your home requires an exterior cleaning, contact a soft washing professional to learn more about the process and how it can benefit your home.