A Clean Home is a Happy Home: Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing

For most people, their home is something that they’ve worked hard for.  They could have spent years, decades even working and saving until they were finally in a place where they were financially stable enough to become a homeowner.  The memory of being handed that set of keys and turning to stand before this beautiful, clean home that was theirs, the house that would become their forever home is probably one of their fondest.  However, fast forward a year down the road, maybe even two.  That beautiful home is now a little dingier than it was on that wonderful day and the homeowner is probably beginning to notice.  It’s time to turn their dream home back into their dream home. 

When looking into house washing, two methods continuously appear, pressure washing and soft washing.  You may have heard of some people using the pressure wash method to clean their home, and others using the soft wash method, but which one is right for you and your home?  Today we are going to talk about pressure washing and soft washing.  We are going to discuss what each one is, when to use each method, and the surfaces that benefit most from each method. 

Let’s begin with pressure washing.  So, what is pressure washing exactly?  The method of pressure washing uses the power of kinetic energy.  Each bead of water is like a tiny hammer hitting the surface, getting rid of months to years of build-up.  Pressure washing uses high powered jets of water with chemicals designed to remove tough stains.  These tough stains can come from mold, grime, dust, mud, and dirt.  Pressure washing is most commonly used on sidewalks, drive ways, and parking lots.  Many cities also utilize this method to remove graffiti from bridges and overpasses.  On these durable surfaces, pressure washing is the ideal way to clean them up.  They are tough and not easily damaged.  These surfaces can take to beating of high-powered jets of water blasting them and come out looking like new.  However, for most homes, pressure washing can do more harm than good.  On the average home, pressure washing can break down asphalt shingle, break terra cotta shingles, oxidize vinyl siding, remove the protective coating on wooden surfaces, and scar wood.  When it is time for you home to be cleaned, soft wash is the way to go.

The soft wash method uses low water pressure, less than 200 PSI, combined with a biodegradable chemical to remove biological elements such as mold, mildew, algae, pollen, and moss.  The soft wash technique is tough enough to remove all of these elements from your home without damaging its surfaces or killing the plants around it.  Aside from the fact that soft washing does no damage to your home, this method also uses less water and uses ecofriendly cleaning solutions.  Surfaces that are commonly cleaned using the soft wash technique are shingled roofs, vinyl siding, Hardie plank siding, windows, and wooden decks.  Other benefits that keep homeowners returning to soft wash for their home’s cleaning year after year are, the surfaces of their home look great and remain in pristine condition for longer, family members and family pets remain generally healthy, it keeps pests at bay, and saves the homeowner money by increasing the longevity of their home.

So, when it is time for your home’s routine cleaning, remember the facts that you read about here today.  Pressure washing is great for your home’s driveway, sidewalks, and garage floor.  However soft washing is the way to go for all other surfaces of your home.