Soft washing is a cleaning approach which utilizes a low-pressure washing technique, alongside a combination of algaecides, water, bleach, and surfactants, to carefully and efficiently clean exterior surfaces. This technique is very efficient in cleaning surfaces of algae, organic dirt, and mildew.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES SOFT WASHING FROM POWER WASHING?
Even though soft washing and power washing look similar, they use different chemicals, methods, equipment, and pressure. You carry out power washing by using powerful water pressure than soft washing. Also, we often power wash with water at a higher temperature.
The soft washing technique often incorporates biodegradable disinfectants to eliminate moss, fungus, bacteria, algae, etc.
WHY IS SOFT WASHING THE MOST PREFERRED EXTERIOR CLEANING TECHNIQUE?
Building’s exterior becomes very dirty, especially in areas where the weather condition is conducive for mold and algae growth on the external surface. The Soft-wash approach is the most preferred modern solution to this problem.
Most times, when homeowners see a need for exterior cleaning, they opt-in for the power washing method. Unfortunately, power washing is not advisable for surfaces and has more cons than pros. It is also not efficient for the long-term elimination of organic growth. Power washing your building exterior can avoid the warranty of some components, e.g., roof. It implies that the integrity of those parts will be compromised because of the intense pressure of water.
Soft washing, on the other hand, is an excellent approach to removing stains and build ups from building exteriors because;
The solution combined for soft washing provides a deep clean to the extent that scrubbing and water blasting cannot reach. A soft wash leaves you with a long-lasting clean house.
The mixed chemicals are not toxic, so you can safely use them around plants. They are also water-soluble. The solution is easy to wash away, and the remaining part will biodegrade with the aid of sun and heat.
HOW DO YOU SOFT-WASH?
Now, you may be contemplating if soft washing is in any way related to power washing. It would surprise you to know that power washers are employed in soft washing but used under a low Pressure per Square Inch (PSI).
Prepare your surrounding for the procedure—shield all the plants or grass around the area. After preparing the solution, load it into the pressure washer and use it on the surface you intend to clean.
You should carry out soft washing by using a pressure lower than 500 PSI to rinse or clean. Replace the tip of the power washer with the type that widens the spray.
Soft washing is preferred mostly for surfaces like Wood furniture, plants, coquina, wood panel siding, etc.
WHEN SHOULD A SOFT-WASH BE DONE?
You use the soft washing technique when you are dealing with surfaces that are difficult to clean with high pressure. Soft washing is for the sole aim of eliminating algae from roof shingles.
Soft washing is an effective method to get rid of all plant, fungal, and bacterial dirt and stains from every part of your building exterior. It maintains the original color and brings no damage to any material.
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