Soft and Pressure Washing – Are Both Necessary to Get Things Cleaned Up?

When it comes to home maintenance and keeping your curb appeal, well, appealing, there is nothing that does a greater job in restoring the exterior of your home or office than pressure washing. “Pressure washing” might be the standard term that people use for pressure, power, and soft washing, but they are not all the same. It takes a good combination of all methods to get all of your outdoor spaces clean, to reduce damage, and to remove stains that can make your home look aged. But what is the difference, and what do you use where?

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing is a washing technique that uses high-powered water to clean exterior surfaces that are strong enough to withstand it. Although things like asphalt and concrete can take high-powered pressure washing, things like painted surfaces and roof shingles cannot. And if you use the wrong method on the wrong surface, you could end up with some significant and costly damage. “Power washing” is typically used interchangeably with “pressure washing,” but power washing uses warm or hot water in addition to high-powered water spraying.

What is a Soft Washing Pressure Washing Technique?

Soft washing is a gentler technique that uses a water jet, but at a lower amount of force. Soft washing uses lower pressured water with the addition of eco-friendly solvents and cleaners to get out tough stains and dirt and debris build-up, but it is less likely to cause damage to painted or fragile surfaces.
The only way to know for sure which method should be used is through experience and knowledge. The solvents and cleaners used are targeted to treat the necessary areas and are also completely eco-friendly and biodegradable.

Why You Need Both

Just using pressure washing on all of your exterior surfaces will likely lead to damage that can sometimes be costly. For instance, pressure washing can lead to deterioration of your roofing material when used on shingles. It can also cause moisture and mold problems if the high-powered water seeps up under your shingles, which can lead to repairs, and – in some extreme cases – the need for a new roof installation. Also, if pressure washing is used on things like painted surfaces, it is likely to chip the paint, which can lead to repairs needed on patios, decks, and fences.
At Soft Wash Charleston, we understand the types of damage that pressure washing the wrong surfaces can cause. We are careful to always use the gentlest and most effective method to get all of your exterior spaces clean. We believe that less is more, while always working to remove the toughest stains and leave your entire home looking like new again. Contact us today to schedule your pressure and soft washing, and be assured that it will be done with expertise and professionalism from start to finish.