Should I Choose Soft Washing or Pressure Washing for My Home?



When you are getting ready to give your home a deep clean this winter, you should do more than cleaning the garage and giving away old clothing and linens to the local thrift shop. You should also consider annual or even bi-annual pressure washing and soft washing services for the exterior of your home. But what is the difference between soft washing and pressure washing, which is right for your home?


Soft washing is the process of using special low-pressure nozzles at the end of the pressure washing hose. Professionals combine this nozzle with a biodegradable chemical that removes dirt, moss, mold, algae, and other biological elements. The most important benefit of soft washing is that there is little to no chance of damaging any surfaces on your home. Soft washing is also best for paint, masonry, and other external surfaces, such as your roof, deck, or patio. It is also gentler on the plant life around your property.


However, when you are considering power washing versus soft washing, it is important to understand that pressure washing is not dangerous, damaging, and has its place in cleaning the exterior of your home. Pressure washing is the process of using high-pressure water spray to remove mold, grime, dust, and other dirt from exterior surfaces. While pressure washing is more intense than soft washing, it can be used for residential and commercial properties just as soft washing. 


Whether you use soft or pressure washing, there are steps to take when you wash the exterior of your home. It is critical that the right hose and nozzle are used, that the correct distribution of chemicals is used, and that a professional applies the right volume and pressure ratio for the appropriate surfaces. If you need washing surfaces to remove paint, you may need to employ pressure washing. Soft washing may only be required to remove dirt and grime a few times a year or prepare for a home sale. 


However, if you cannot discern between soft washing and pressure washing, it is best to consult a professional. Ask them whether they offer both services and inquire about the processes that go into each service. A true professional is able to take on both soft washing and pressure washing projects, applying the appropriate pressure, volume, and chemical mixture necessary for the process. They are used to clean the exterior of your home safely, effectively, and thoroughly.


Whether you work with Vortex Pro Wash or a local pressure or soft washing company, work with a professional you can trust. Ask around to family and friends, even colleagues, or your real estate agent if you are looking to sell your home. When dirt and grime buildup, it does not only decrease your home’s curb appeal but can cause damage over time. So, pressure washing and soft washing - whichever is best for your property - done on an annual basis is an investment in the beauty and stability of your property as well as the safety of your family or employees.


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