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Insight from a Professional: Soft Wash vs Pressure Wash

Updated: Apr 25, 2023

Insight from a Professional: Soft Wash vs Pressure Wash

What is the Difference Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

Soft washing is low-pressure water with a high concentration or strength of chemicals and detergents to clean areas more sensitive to high-pressure water. Pressure washing (powerwashing) is high-pressure water with a more diluted blend of chemicals and detergents for harder surfaces.

Is Soft Wash Better than Pressure Washing?

Everyone has heard warnings and stories of how improperly using a power washer has damaged property and caused injuries. So it can be difficult to determine the best washing system for your needs. Truthfully, it depends on the surface to be cleaned and the contaminants or stains being dealt with. Suppose you use the wrong cleaning method for the wrong surface or problem. In that case, it will not be successful or could even damage surfaces if not done correctly.

Does GPM Matter on Pressure Washer?

Yes, gallons per minute (GPM) is an essential factor to consider when it comes to pressure washing. The GPM measurement refers to the amount of water the pressure washer delivers in a minute. A higher GPM number indicates that the pressure washer can clean a more extensive area quickly and efficiently.

Is it Better to Hire a Soft Washing Company or a Power Washing Company?

Power washing and soft washing are both vital technologies in the tool belt of the professional cleaner. The ideal company would know when and how to use either method most effectively to reach your desired results. However, suppose certain companies only use powerwashing or only use soft washing. In that case, it will depend greatly on the type of surface to be cleaned and the contaminants that need to be removed.

What Chemicals are Used for Soft Washing?

Typical chemicals that may be used during these cleaning processes include high industrial-strength bleach, sodium hydroxide, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and trisodium phosphate. However, Powerwashing Plus evaluates the needs of each job individually. Then we determine the right mix of detergents and other chemicals for the job. We have over 12 chemicals and detergents we choose from and mix according to each property's needs. We will also educate you about any chemicals used if you would like and adjust chemical blends if needed, or only use hot water.

Does Soft Washing Kill Plants?

Yes, if not done correctly. We cover plants that may be affected or spray them with water before and after the powerwashing process to prevent the plants from being harmed. To go a step further, we also reclaim the cleaning solution to prevent it from draining into the soil. As part of our prep work, we make sure the gutters are clean and move downspouts into buckets. This will ensure the cleaning chemicals won’t drain into the soil while rinsing the roof and damage plants.

Can You Pressure Wash a Roof?

The cleaning method depends on the roofing material type, the roof's condition, and the level and type of contamination. Compared to pressure washing, a soft wash system for treatment and rinsing best accomplishes a roof cleaning. When lichen is on the roof, a medium bristle brush on a pole safely removes the buildup. Powerwashing Plus assesses roofs to determine the correct cleaning method, the quality of your roof, and if specialized cleaning products are needed to ensure your roof is safe during the cleaning process.

How Long Does it Take to Soft Wash a Roof?

An average roof can take two to five hours to clean. But it may take longer if it is larger, has multiple levels, or is extensively contaminated with debris and buildup. The prep time must also be considered to protect surrounding plants, vehicles, windows, and other surfaces. Powerwashing Plus will thoroughly evaluate your property and explain all details of cleaning your roof before giving you a proposal on the costs and time involved. If you have additional questions, contact our professionals at Powerwashing Plus! We are happy to answer all of your inquiries.

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