Difference Between Soft Washing and Power Washing

Many homeowners know the importance of power washing, but they don’t realize there is a difference between soft washing and power washing. This post will explain the difference between the two pressure cleaning services and offer examples of areas that benefit from each one.

The team with Ortiz Pro Wash has the expertise and equipment to safely provide exterior cleaning treatments without causing excess damage to the property.

Power Washing

Power washing uses a highly pressurized stream of water to remove the thick layer of grime that forms on driveways, sidewalks, and exterior walls. Because of the high pressure, power washing is best for concrete and other durable surfaces.

Here are some common areas that are strong enough for power washing:

Wooden Decks

Wooden decks need restaining every few years to stay in good shape. Professional power washing will remove grime and excess stain in order to prepare your deck for staining. Some homeowners try a DIY approach to power washing and end up damaging the wood, but professionals know how to power wash a wooden deck without causing damage.

Concrete Surfaces

Concrete driveways are strong enough to withstand power washing. Over time, driveways develop oil spots that can permanently stain the driveway. Annual power washing services are a great way to keep your driveway clean and boost curb appeal.

Stripping Chipped Paint

When it’s time to repaint aluminum siding, you can spend hours trying to scrape off the old, chipped paint. Power washing can quickly strip old paint off the siding and ready the area for painting.

Soft Washing

For more delicate surfaces, a pressure washing technician will use soft washing to provide a thorough clean without damage.

They begin treatment by spraying cleanser on the area that needs treatment. The cleaner can seep into tiny cracks where mold and algae hide.

After a few minutes, a gentle water stream rinses away the cleanser, revealing a rejuvenated surface without damaging the area.

Some areas of the home that benefit from soft washing include:

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Your roof can handle rain, harsh sun, and various weather, but asphalt shingles are deceptively delicate. Full-strength power washing can strip off shingles, leaving vulnerable spots for water damage.

Soft washing gently removes black streaks of algae, mold growth, and even tree sap from branches that hang over the roof.

Exterior Siding

Some types of siding are more delicate than others, which is why you should always hire a professional for pressure washing. Wooden shingle siding and vinyl are two types of siding that benefit from soft washing.

Professional Pressure Washing Services

Regular power washing will boost curb appeal and increase the resale value of your property. Driveways, sidewalks, and wooden decks can withstand power washing. Other surfaces like asphalt shingle roofs and wooden siding need soft washing for detailed cleaning.

Ortiz Pro Wash provides a free estimate for power washing services. Call us at 302-228-6599 to speak to our team.

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