Maintaining the cleanliness of your home is very crucial. Besides the attractiveness it brings, it also makes it conducive and healthy by eradicating mildew, mold, grime, algae, lichen, and dirt.
When the need to clean your home arises, you will need to decide on whether you should adopt the pressure washing technique or soft washing technique. The first way to decide – which of these techniques would be suitable for you is knowing the differences between them and their various benefits.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SOFT WASHING AND PRESSURE WASHING
Pressure washing and soft washing are both efficient approaches to washing your home exterior. However, the processes differ.
You pressure wash by using extremely pressurized water to get rid of grime or dirt on the surface it contacts. It is very efficient, but it is risky as it can cause damage to your property. Pressure washing is most commonly used at home, commercial, and industrial locations for cleaning driveways, stonewalls, and rough concrete.
Soft washing does not require that much pressurization. You mainly carry out a soft-wash with the aid of chemicals. These chemicals are biodegradable and safe for your home and surrounding. When soft washing, you replace the tip of the washer with the one that widens the spray. This action drops the point of pressure.
The decision to use either pressure washing or soft washing depends on the part of the house you intend to clean.
SHOULD YOU PRESSURE WASH YOUR HOME OR SOFT WASH IT?
One frequently asked question by various homeowners is if soft washing procedure is as effective as pressure washing. Although each process has a distinct advantage, soft washing can be considered by professionals to be better than standard power washing.
Washing away algae and other contaminants may not be enough for efficient cleaning. A pressure washer only cleans the surface and kills only the spores without completely eradicating the contaminant. Soft washing prevents the recurring growth of biological pollutants.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE PRESSURE WASHING?
In pressure washing, the wand expels water at around 2500 pounds per square inch (PSI). Although this pressure is highly efficient in the removal of stains and dirt, there is every tendency that it can destroy some soft surface in your home. It can destroy shingles and window screens, affect your siding, and remove paints from some surfaces.
You should use pressure washing if you are dealing with surfaces like:
- Decks and patios
- Bricks and other durable materials.
- Driveways, walkways, and sidewalks.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE SOFT WASHING?
In a soft washing process, you expel water at less than 1000PSI, which is even lower than the PSI used for pressure washing when halved. Instead of depending on pressure, soft washing uses chemicals and a longer time to clean those surfaces.
You should use soft washing if you are dealing with surfaces like:
- Any roof-type, whether wood-based or metal-based or even any other material.
- Window screens and Windows
- Cedar shake siding
- Wood panel siding.
- Rooted plants
- Vinyl sidings, etc.