SOFT WASHING vs. PRESSURE WASHING
What's The Difference And When To Use Each
Soft Washing is a solution based , low pressure type of cleaning. There are some amazing solutions out there that cleaning technicians are getting their hands on today, but for the most part their formulas consist of sodium hypochlorite (bleach) and a surfactant (soap). These solutions, by their material safety data sheets, are recognized and formulated specifically for cleaning exterior surfaces, lending to be unharmful to paint and adjacent landscaping (when used responsibly). The solution mix (which is dependent on what is being cleaned) is down streamed through a soap nozzle after being picked up through a connected chemical injector on a pressure wash machine. The PSI of this application is anywhere between 400 - 1500 psi, drastically lower than pressure washing. Solutions are evenly sprayed onto surfaces being cleaned, left to dwell for up to 15 minutes and thoroughly rinsed clean utilizing low pressure nozzles. This is soft washing. Soft Washing is how most home and building structures and roofs should be cleaned and maintained.
Our unique solution recipes and processes will clean and protect your home and commercial property against mold, mildew, algae, and fungus.
Soft washing should be utilized for vinyl and aluminum siding, roofs, wood panel siding, stucco, fencing, and painted surfaces. It can also be used for cleaning brick, stone, and outdoor furniture among other surfaces and substrates.
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Pressure washing is a method of delivering water at high pressure for cleaning or removing a material from a surface. A professional size pressure wash machine runs about 3500-4000 PSI (pounds per square inch), 11.5-14 horse power and anywhere from 4 -10 gallons per minute. A pressure wash unit is equipped with a high pressure hose, lance, and nozzles that accommodate different spray patterns or degree of water out flow ranging from 60 degree - 0 degree. Everyone has seen squiggles on or in concrete where an inexperienced contractor tried to use a 0 degree nozzle to clean an up-close surface. No good, the general rule of thumb is the closer you are to the area being cleaned, the higher nozzle degree you use and vise versa. Still yet, High pressure cleaning should be reserved mostly for hard surfaces like concrete, brick, and treated lumber decking boards. They should also be cleaned using a surface cleaner rather than the lance in most cases. This eliminates the lines left behind by so many professionals believing they got it all. Many paint ready projects utilize high pressure cleaning to remove loose paint - this is about the only reason to force high pressure onto a home or building facade.
Other substrates where it may be necessary to pressure wash are concrete, brick, asphalt, and stone. These include items such as driveways, walkways, patios, certain decks, garage floors, tile patios, and paver stones.
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