Unlike pressure washing, soft washing treatments are a much gentler method to use when cleaning an outdoor surface. Because it doesn’t have the extreme force that a pressure wash has, it takes away the risk of any damage and destruction, making it a great option for more delicate materials. Soft washing is performed by applying a solution of cleaning detergents onto the area in need, and then left to sit for a period of time to allow the detergents to deteriorate mildew and grime. This waiting period is called dwell time, and can vary depending on the condition of the surface. Once the cleaning solutions have done their job, they’re gently rinsed away with water to reveal a clean, fresh space.

Designed to disintegrate mildew rather than just blast it away, soft washing can be an excellent option for cases of mold, bacteria, and algae. It kills the growths at the source, ensuring that it won’t just be popping up again soon in a different place. Soft washing is also great for general dirt, which can accumulate just about anywhere. 

Some materials that are recommended for soft washing are wood, shingles, and windows. Because wood can easily be scratched and splintered, it shouldn’t be treated with high amounts of force. Additionally, many decks and wood exteriors have purposeful stains and finishes, which would be erased by a pressure washer. Wood panel siding and cedar shake need the same protection. Soft washing is also recommended for shingles and roofing materials in order to keep them intact. Windows, screens, and glass should only ever be soft washed to prevent them from shattering and tearing. 

While pressure washing does have its perks, soft washing is a much safer option while proving to be just as effective. To avoid any irreversible damage, make sure to hire a professional cleaning company to carefully soft wash your home exteriors. 

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