We spend a huge chunk of our income on keeping our home clean and safe. A clean exterior protects your family from allergens like pollen and mold. Cleaning the exterior of your home removes moss, algae, and insects like spiders, ants, ticks, and the nests those insects have created in your home.

A clean home more curb appeal which can add value to your property. And a clean home can fill you with a deep sense of pride and accomplishment which has an intrinsic value beyond description.

While a professional exterior cleaning company knows the answers to these important cleaning questions, as a home and property owner, it is important for you to know them as well. So, let’s go over some of the basics to get you started.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PRESSURE WASHING & SOFT WASHING 

Power Wash

Power washing and pressure washing are pretty much the same thing. They rely on force or pressure to clean a surface.

By directing a pressurized spray of water onto a surface, materials such as allergens, dirt, mud, mildew, mold and other contaminants are removed from the exterior of your home.

Hot water can also be used in power washing. Heated water can break down contaminated materials faster, saves water and makes the process more efficient than using cold water.

We recommended that power washing or pressure washing (whatever you like to call it) only be used on hard, exterior surfaces such as patios, sidewalks, fences, decks, and driveways. These areas need the extra force to remove the grime and dirt from their services.

Specific cleaning solutions are also required to properly power wash siding. Knowing the type of siding you have and the type of contaminant will determine the best cleaning solution for your needs.

Soft Washing

Soft washing your home does not rely on pressure or force to clean. A soft wash system uses eco-friendly and environmentally safe chemical solutions to clean the siding, soffits, brick, and gutters on the exterior of your home. The water, in a soft wash system, is simply used to remove the contaminants from your home after the cleaning solutions have loosened the chemical bond between them. And many professional soft wash companies like 1-800-EZCLEAN use water softening systems to ensure a spot-free finish.

A professional soft washing company will apply specific chemical solutions to the surface and then leave the sudsy solution to break down the chemical bond between the surface and the dirt, mold, mildew, algae and other contaminants.

After the solution has loosened , the technician will use a low-pressure water stream to rinse the dirt and grime away.

Unlike a power washing and pressure washing, a low-pressure soft wash rinse system just a little more power then your hose. This process relies completely on the chemical solutions breaking the bond between the surface and the material,  so your surface is safe from damage.

If you would like more information about washing your home or business fill out the form on this page or call 1-800-EZCLEAN. Please contact us for a free, no obligation estimate.