Washing your home seems like a simple enough task – and it can be, but depending on the type of washing you want to do and the amount of debris and dirt that has gathered over time, you may need either a soft wash or pressure wash. Neither method is better than the other; it comes down to personal preference and the type of washing you want.
What is Pressure Washing?
A pressure washer is a machine that uses pressurized water for cleaning surfaces. The power of the water stream from a pressure washer can range from 400 to 4,000 pounds per square inch. That’s more than three times as powerful as a high-pressure garden hose! A pressure washer works by forcing water through a small opening (nozzle) at high speeds, resulting in an ultra-fine spray. The force of the water stream is strong enough to blast away stubborn dirt and grease from surfaces – including siding, roofs, vehicles, decks, concrete walkways, and driveways impacted by years of weathering.
What is Soft Washing?
A soft wash uses soapy water or a soap-based solution that sprays onto your home’s exterior using a machine similar to the pressure washer. The solution is sprayed onto the surface of your home and then has to sit for about an hour before a brush can be used to remove the dirt.
Soft wash requires soaking the dirt, mold, mildew, and dirty areas for several hours so that all of it can be loosened before scrubbing. The brush cleans the entire exterior of your home, removing anything stuck to the surface. The soft-wash method uses less soap than the pressure washer but still sends thousands of water droplets onto your siding. This concentration makes soft washing more efficient than pressure washing because fewer water droplets are required to do the job.
Because a soft wash uses a detergent solution, it is more environmentally friendly than a pressure wash. This type of washing doesn’t use any chemicals or harsh cleaners that may be harmful to you and your environment, making it an excellent option for those who want to promote an eco-friendly lifestyle. Soft washing also requires less pressure than a pressure washer. In fact, the soft-wash machine has a specific setting comparable to water coming from a garden hose. This makes it easier on your landscaping by directing the solution over the grass and away from other flowers or bushes in your yard.
Is Soft Washing Right for my Home?
Soft washing is primarily used as a way to clean mold and mildew from the exterior of your home, and it is typically more time-consuming than pressure washing. There are no chemicals used, and it typically requires scrubbing with a brush or pressure washer.
If you’re looking for more mildew and mold-resistant options that are more environmentally friendly, a soft wash may be the way to go. Soft washing is also a good option if your home’s siding is older as it won’t damage or warp wood as pressure washing can.