When it comes to exterior home cleaning, you have the option of pressure washing or softwashing to remove grime and restore surfaces. The harsh force exerted by pressure washers is not the best choice for this type of project and can actually do more harm than good. Softwashing offers a better alternative that will preserve your home’s roof, siding, and pavers and keep them cleaner for longer.
Here’s why you will want to choose softwashing for your home’s next exterior cleaning project:
- Quieter and gentler: Pressure washers typically exert between 1300 and 3100 psi. This amount of force is not only harsh on surfaces, but can also be loud and disruptive to you and your neighbors. Softwashing uses much lower pressure, usually less than 500 psi. Rather than relying on extreme pressure, softwashing combines gentle, constant force with water-based, biodegradable chemicals to get the job done.
- Less damage: Pressure washing should only be reserved for the most non-porous, durable surfaces. The intense force that these systems exert on your home’s surfaces can be damaging to your landscaping and the structural integrity of these façades. Pressure washing can remove paint from siding, wood fibers from decks, and mortar and grout from between bricks and tiles, compromising these surfaces and making them susceptible to deterioration.
- More effective: The chemicals used in softwashing are the secret to its success. Mold, grime, and dirt are obliterated by the highly effective ingredients used in this type of cleaning system. These chemicals even work to eradicate biofilm, a recurring layer of buildup that allows quick re-growth of bacteria and mold.