Soft Washing vs. Power Washing

Think back to when the outside of your home looked brand new. Most of you reading this might not have a clue what the actual exterior color is, especially if the house isn’t brand new. There are more benefits to getting your home pressure washed than just making it look nice. Not every pressure wash is created equal, though. Without prior experience, you can’t just pick up a power washer and clean every inch of the house. The wrong pressure can do a lot of damage if you’re not careful. Certain areas like the windows need soft washing, where concrete needs the power wash to get clean.


Why would you need soft or power washing in the first place?

Cleaning the exterior of your home is much different than the interior. You can’t just get a mop with an extended reach and bucket of water to get everything clean. The house gets hit daily by the elements from the sun beating down, to thunderstorms, to salt from the ocean air, and more. Both of these washings will clean that house, sidewalks, and patios, back to their former glory, but they help get rid of any mold, mildew, and other grime that might be growing. Mold, mildew, and dirt, if left untreated, can either make its way into the house itself or let the opportunity for other things such as excessive water get into the woodwork of the house.



What’s the difference between them?

Soft washing, power washing are two different things, although you might hear them blanketed together under pressure washing. Both of these use that same equipment to clean. The difference is how much pressure is used and the cleaning mixture. Here’s how you can tell the difference:

  • Soft washing is a lower pressure method that uses a combination of bleach, algaecides, surfactants, and water. It’s primarily used for more delicate areas such as windows, screens, wood paneling, roof shingles, and more. These areas could get damaged or break if a power or pressure wash is used.
  • Power washing is a much stronger pressure and is excellent for harder to clean areas. It can easily “scrub” any dirt, debris, mold, mildew, algae, and grime. It’s used the same cleaners as the soft washing application. Some might argue the difference between power and pressure washing is the temperature of the water. In reality, the water temperature has nothing to do with the cleaning, and the terms can be interchangeable.

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