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The Difference Between Pressure Washing and Soft Washing

Pressure Washing Vs Soft Washing

The exterior of your home takes a beating all year round as seasons change and the weather acts accordingly. You’ve probably seen the amount of dirt or even algae that have formed on your shingles, siding, gutters, fences, sidewalks, decks, or even driveways. While many people concern themselves with their interior, they are not very concerned with their exterior. However, exterior issues like mold buildup can easily travel inside.

So, it’s important to get your exterior washed, but should you choose pressure washing or soft washing? Learn the difference.

Soft Washing

Soft washing uses a low amount of pressurized water that contains soap and bleach so that it can kill bacteria, algae, mold, mildew, moss, etc. Unlike pressure washing, which just blasts the gunk off of exterior areas.
Soft washing is great to use on the roof, for siding, on decks, for fences, etc. It doesn’t cause damage as pressure washing can, but it does require a professional. Unlike pressure washing, no equipment can be rented or bought.
However, when compared to pressure washing, soft washing outweighs its effectiveness every time.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is meant more for exterior spaces that can handle a very high PSI (pounds per square inch) at about 1300 to 3100. It doesn’t have soap or bleach in it, it’s just water alone. Unlike soft washing, the equipment can be rented or bought for personal use at home, However, because of the high PSI, it could be dangerous for someone who is not used to the equipment. It could result in personal injury or damage to the home.
Pressure washing is too rough to use on siding or on the roof because it can blow the siding or the shingles off. Also, it can blow water underneath the siding into areas without proper ventilation or get inside the attic’s insulation.
Between pressure washing and soft washing, soft washing is generally the better way to go. However, if you are trying to wash brick, concrete, etc., pressure washing would be more effective for hard-to-remove areas.
Need some pressure or soft washing done around your home or business? Give us a call. We’ll take care of it for you. Immaculate Cleaning is here to help with all your exterior cleaning needs!