Soft Wash

A technique using low pressure and biodegradable detergents for cleaning delicate surfaces like roofs and siding.

Related terms: Low-pressure washing, no-pressure washing, chemical cleaning

Soft Wash, Pressure Washing & Power Washing

Instead of relying on brute force, soft washing harnesses the power of biodegradable detergents and gentle application to remove grime and growth without causing harm.

Why Choose Soft Wash?

Pressure washing, while effective, can be too harsh for sensitive materials like:

  • Roof shingles: High pressure can damage shingles, leading to leaks and premature replacement.
  • Wooden decks and siding: The force of water can splinter wood and erode painted surfaces.
  • Vinyl siding: Pressure can warp and crack vinyl siding, compromising its integrity.
  • Stucco and brick: High pressure can loosen mortar joints and erode delicate surfaces.

Soft washing offers a safer alternative for these delicate materials. Its low-pressure approach minimizes the risk of damage while still effectively removing:

  • Algae and moss: These unsightly growths thrive on damp surfaces and can be effectively eliminated with soft washing solutions.
  • Mold and mildew: These harmful organisms can pose health risks and damage surfaces. Soft washing solutions kill and prevent their growth.
  • Dirt and grime: Soft washing detergents gently loosen and remove accumulated dirt and grime, leaving surfaces clean and refreshed.

How Soft Wash Works

Unlike pressure washing’s reliance on forceful water jets, soft washing utilizes:

  • Low-pressure pumps: These pumps generate pressures significantly lower than traditional pressure washers, typically ranging from 40 to 100 PSI.
  • Biodegradable detergents: Specially formulated cleaning solutions target organic growth like algae, moss, and mildew without harming the underlying surface.
  • Time and dwell: Soft washing solutions are applied to the surface and allowed to dwell for a period (typically 15-30 minutes) to effectively break down and remove unwanted buildup.
  • Rinsing: After the dwell time, the surface is rinsed with low-pressure water to remove the loosened debris and cleaning solution.

Benefits of Soft Wash

Soft washing offers numerous advantages over traditional pressure washing for delicate surfaces:

  • Reduced risk of damage: The gentle approach minimizes the risk of damaging shingles, siding, wood, and other sensitive materials.
  • Longer lifespan: By treating surfaces gently, soft washing helps them last longer and maintain their integrity.
  • Effective cleaning: Despite its low pressure, soft washing solutions effectively remove organic growth and dirt, leaving surfaces clean and refreshed.
  • Environmentally friendly: Biodegradable detergents minimize environmental impact and protect surrounding vegetation.
  • Reduced water usage: Compared to pressure washing, soft washing uses significantly less water, making it a more sustainable option.

Soft Wash vs. Pressure Washing: Choosing the Right Method

Deciding between soft washing and pressure washing depends on the specific surface and cleaning needs:

  • Use soft washing for: Roofs, siding (vinyl, wood, stucco), decks, fences, and other delicate surfaces.
  • Use pressure washing for: Driveways, walkways, patiosconcrete surfaces, and heavily stained areas where high pressure is necessary.

Remember, soft washing is the gentler option for surfaces that could be damaged by high pressure. If unsure, consult a professional cleaning service for proper assessment and cleaning method recommendation.

By understanding the principles and benefits of soft washing, you can choose the right cleaning technique for your delicate surfaces, ensuring effective cleaning and long-lasting beauty.