The difference between soft wash and pressure washing.

Keeping your home’s exterior clean is crucial to its longevity and aesthetic appearance. Exterior home cleaning undertaken by professionals can help to keep your home healthy by eliminating mold, fungus, dirt, mildew, and grime.

There are two primary methods of exterior home cleaning: a soft wash, or pressure washing.

Both methods are effective for cleaning and are recommended for use in different situations. Deciding between these two methods of exterior home cleaning can be overwhelming, but the experts at All Around Home Care can help! Their team of professionals will help you decide which method is best for your home and situation.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses pressurized water to remove dirt, grime, or mildew from surfaces by force. It is an extremely effective cleaning method, as the pressure washing wand can expel water at 2,500 PSI (pounds per square inch) or more. This amount of pressure is effective at removing stains but can pose some risk both to people and certain surfaces around your home’s exterior.

When to use pressure washing

As mentioned previously, pressure washing involves some risks for your home’s exterior surfaces. It may damage window screens, disturb shingles, remove paint, or damage your home’s siding. Therefore, pressure washing is best used on more durable surfaces, such as concrete sidewalks, driveways, pathways, or any hard surfaces that can house dirt and grime. It’s also extremely effective when used to clean paved patios, brick, stone, or asphalt surfaces. The professionals at All Around Home Care can help you determine if pressure washing is the best method for your home’s exterior cleaning.

Soft Wash

A soft wash uses another method to get your home’s exterior clean - instead of relying on pressurized water, it utilizes cleaning solutions and detergents to break down grime and dirt that make your home appear dirty. Generally, a soft wash utilizes a water stream of 500 to 1,000 PSI to clean. Additionally, the stream is widened using specialized nozzles that further drop the point of pressure, and the cleaning agents are left to “dwell” for a time on your house’s exterior surfaces.

When to use a soft wash

Unlike pressure washing, a soft wash is best used on soft, less durable surfaces on your home’s exterior. If you have cedar shakes, wood panel siding, stucco, coquina, or vinyl siding, a soft wash is most likely your safest and most effective options. Additionally, if you’re looking to clean screens for your screened porch or lanais, a soft wash is likely the best option. Whatever your exterior home cleaning needs are, be it a soft wash or pressure washing, the professionals at All Around Home Care can help! Their reputation is based on service, safety, and quality, guaranteed! Call today or fill out our contact form for a comprehensive consultation and estimate!