Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing. What is the difference and why does it matter? In this short article we will take a look as some of the pros and cons of the two cleaning techniques and when one should be used over the other.
What Is Pressure Washing?
The term "pressure washing" is often used to cover a variety of cleaning techniques; but what exactly is it? Pressure washing is the use of concentrated high pressure water (2500-4000psi) to clean hard surfaces such as concrete or stone. Pressure washing is an excellent method for removing years of built up dirt and grime from exterior surfaces. However, often times soft washing is a better choice.
What Is Soft Washing?
Unlike pressure washing, soft washing uses very little water pressure to clean. Instead, a mixture of algaecides, degreasers, bleach, surfactants and water is applied to the surface then rinsed with low pressure water. With soft washing, chemistry does most of the work rather than high pressure. This is often the best choice for most home exteriors as many types of siding can be easily damaged by using high pressure.
When Should I Soft Wash?
The determining factor when deciding which technique is right for you is to look at the material you will be cleaning. Is it hard and durable? (Concrete, metal, stone, etc.) Then pressure washing is probably your best choice. Is it less durable that the above materials? (stucco, vinyl siding, wood, etc.) Then soft washing is a much safer bet.
Still Not Sure Which Is Right for You?
If you are unsure of the best method to clean your property, then your safest option is to call a local expert. If you are in the Colorado Springs, CO area we are always happy to help here at Colorado Springs Pressure Washing, LLC. Although our name implies our specialty, we are also well versed in soft washing techniques and would be more than happy to give you a professional opinion on how to best clean your property.