Pressure Washing and the Soft Wash Process: What Are The Differences?

Perhaps the urge has come over you to give your house exterior a good old fashioned clean. Or perhaps you’ve decided your roofs overdue for some cleaning. Maybe it’s your driveway, or the deck and patio out in your backyard.

Whatever the case might be, you go down to your local hardware store and decide to rent a powerful pressure washer, because you don’t particularly want to spend the next few days on your hands and knees scrubbing away at dirty surfaces. You have a life to live, and you don’t want to spend it all on cleaning, and you know that the pressure washing water jet will cut through the dirt and grime on your surfaces in no time.

But is that really the best option? Is pressure washing your surfaces the best option in all situations?

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing – sometimes called pressure cleaning– uses a power jet to produce an output of water at such high pressures – up to 200 times atmospheric pressure – that each water droplet becomes like a miniature pickaxe chipping away at the dirt and debris that cover your surface, leaving behind, hopefully, a cleanly scoured surface.

But does that option work well on all surfaces? Well … no. Pressure Washing works wonderfully well on surfaces that are tough and resilient, surfaces like brick or stone or concrete. There are, however, other surfaces that are not as resilient. Surfaces like painted wood, or the shingles on your roof. If you were to take your pressure washer to your painted fence, you may end up with a clean fence … but you would also end up minus the paint. Roof shingles would also end up damaged under the onslaught of the tiny watery pickaxes.

Soft Wash Process Is The Solution

Some of the equipment remains the same for the Soft Wash process. You still use a water jet, but the pressure of the water is far lower.

Instead of using high pressure water to chisel the dirt and contaminants into submission, environmentally friendly chemicals break down the dirt so that a low pressure water rinse then can come along and wash it all away. The surface is cleaned without the harsh effects of a high pressure wash.

Should I Call In The Professionals To Do This For Me?

You can do all of this yourself, it is true, but like many things in life, you will probably not do as good a job as someone who does it for a living, and has done it many, many times before. The pressure washing equipment that you might find in hardware stores are probably not as powerful as the equipment that professionals use, unless you really get the high end gear. However, this equipment is so powerful, and the water jet emitted so strong, that any lapse of judgement or mistake might cause you to injure yourself seriously.

Now, in relation to the soft wash process, it is highly advisable to let professionals handle that. The professionals will know the proper concentrations of the chemicals that are required to be used to do a proper job, and to do it safely.