Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing: Which Is Right for Your Home?

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Soft washing and pressure washing are both effective methods of cleaning residential properties. Soft washing uses low-pressure to spray a cleaning solution followed by a low-pressure freshwater rinse. Pressure washing uses a high-pressure water stream to clean.

Soft Washing for Residential Properties

Soft washing is the best option for cleaning surfaces that are covered in algae, mildew and other organics that accumulate on the outside of your house, including siding, windows, screen porch, etc. By utilizing a mild algaecide in our soft wash soap, we can safely kill all organic growth on the exterior of the home. Followed by a low-pressure rinse, keeping the pressure under 200psi.

If the cleaning is performed correctly, the dying algae, mildew and other organics will rinse away without causing damage the home. This cleaning method will leave a sparkling clean exterior. Soft washing is also a great method for cleaning pavers and bricks with algae growth, as it will not dislodge polymetric sand or the mortar in-between the bricks.

Pressure Washing for Residential Properties

Pressure washing is a good option for cleaning surfaces that are tough and can withstand high pressure such as concrete. A professional exterior cleaning contractor will use between 2000-3500 psi to clean driveways, walkways and curbs. This method combined with a piece of equipment that looks like a floor buffer, called a surface-cleaner can clean thousands of square feet of concrete fast and efficiently.

Which Is Right for Your Home?

Both can go hand in hand because they can be used to clean different types of surfaces around the home. We here at Hot Water Pressure Washing & Soft Wash Tallahassee, FL only use high pressure on concrete. Due to the high humidity in our service area we always soft wash the concrete after the high-pressure cleaning to eliminant any remaining algae below the surface. This ensures the concrete is clean and the organics will not rapidly grow back due to leftover spores inside the concrete. Everything else on a residential property we clean in Tallahassee is soft washed.

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Nick Loomis Owner-operator
Nick Loomis is the owner of Hot Water Pressure Washing & Soft Wash | Tallahassee, FL. He has been soft washing homes and businesses in Tallahassee, FL, and surrounding areas since 2012. He specializes in house washing, concrete cleaning, roof cleaning, and wood restoration. Additionally, he is a certified residential solar panel cleaner by the International Solar Cleaning Academy.