Is it better to soft wash or pressure wash my house?
With many exterior cleaners and cleaning services on the market today, it’s easy to get caught up in it all and choose an exterior home cleaning method that may not be the best option for your home. Two common options that people tend to lean towards are pressure washing and soft washing. Though commonly mistaken as similar processes, these are two separate and very different processes.
Pressure washing, as the name implies, relies on the use of high pressurized water to clean a surface. Though this may seem like a good option, especially when you have hard stains or intense build up of dirt, it carries immense risk with it. Not only can pressure washing cause serious damage to your home or structure, it can also potentially cause damage to the user if they are not properly trained on how to operate a pressure washer. Pressure washing can easily take out windows, as well as damage siding and chip away at paint. The power that pressure washers are able to operate at can also lead them to leave lacerations and other injuries if applied to skin.
Soft washing is a safer, and equally as effective option for exterior home maintenance. Soft washing utilizes chemical cleaners as opposed to high pressure water to clean surfaces. By using water sprayed at less than 500 PSI (pounds per square inch), this process eliminates the risks associated with pressure washing while still providing results. Not only does soft washing protect your home and yourself from harm or damage, it also can more readily get rid of mold, mildew, and algae than pressure washing. By relying on powerful chemicals, soft washing clears away not only the noticeable dirt and grime, but also the bacteria or fungus that could be causing the underlying issue.
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