Difference Between Pressure Wash and Soft Wash

We advertise both pressure wash and soft wash all the time. Customers call and ask for one or the other, but many don’t know the difference between the two. It’s time we clean up this mess (we are good at that!) and let you all know the differences between these two services.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is probably the most commonly asked for service, and it is most well known to our customer base. Pressure washing uses water at a very high-pressure rating to remove dirt from surfaces. Pressure washing is beneficial, and it works exceptionally well on a variety of surfaces. However, some materials cannot be pressure washed but still need a pressure wash type clean.

Soft Washing

Soft washing does not use the high pressure but instead will use cleaning solutions. Although there are some applications where pressure washing uses chemicals, for the most part, it is just highly pressurized water. With a soft wash, we only use cleaning solutions that are completely safe for your home, the occupants, and the environment as well. All of that being said, there are times where pressure washing or soft washing is the better choice.

When Should I Pressure Wash?

When you think of pressure washing, think of the tough guys. Think of the durable surfaces around your home. Things like concrete, brick, and pavers all do amazingly well with pressure washing. These materials tend to have dirt and mold seep in the cracks, and pressure washing sprays them all out within seconds. However, if you have other areas of your home like window screens, shingles, or painted surfaces, the pressure washing can do some damage. A certified and experienced pressure washing company like WNC Wash Pros will have no problem identifying what can and can’t be pressure washed.

When Should I Soft Wash?

Soft washing still does very little pressure, just not nearly as much as pressure washing. If you want to know what you should pressure wash around your home, think of the softer, more delicate surfaces. If you have stucco or cedar shake, then soft washing is a much better option. The chemicals used in a soft wash should hold up for quite some time and continue to keep your surfaces clean for months to come. Another area where we use soft washing quite a bit is screened enclosures or lanais. A pressure washer would cut through the screens with the water pressure, but the soft washing provides a great balance and cleans the screens thoroughly.

Wrapping It Up

Some homeowners think that they can’t have their home cleaned if they live in a stucco or wood siding home. This is not the case. If you have not experienced the benefits of soft washing, you will be surprised by its capabilities. Soft washing can remove stains, return original color to surfaces, and leave homeowners incredibly surprised by the results. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us about any of your exterior cleaning needs; we have a solution for everything!