There are times when your house looks a little grimy, but you are unsure about having it pressure washed. Fortunately, you don’t have to go all the way with power washing in order to clean it. You can take a gentler route in cleaning your home’s exterior with soft washing. There are many benefits to soft washing your home.
Power washing is defined mostly by the pressure the water is under. It typically sprays out water and solution at 750 to 30,000 psi, which blasts away any unwanted dirt and grime.
Soft washing, however, uses an electric sprayer that pumps out water and solution at 40 to 80 psi. Soft washing also often uses more gentle cleaning chemicals, such as biodegradable disinfecting solutions.
This lighter touch means soft washing is good for more fragile materials, such as asphalt roof shingles. It also allows a sprayer to apply less of a chemical solution to a spot. That will lift away the offending grime while still babying the house.
As you might imagine, this lighter touch is useful when you have algae growing on a relatively fragile material. It will remove the unsightly spots without chipping the paint.
You should also consider soft washing the moment you see mold and mildew in or on the house. Mold and mildew can trigger allergic reactions and cause respiratory problems. Mildew-laden and moldy siding also attract pests such as termites by giving them food and housing.
Then there are more aesthetic reasons to use the process. Soft washing can leave your home looking shiny and new for a long time which makes it a good thing to do when you are considering selling your house or when you first move in. It will increase the curb appeal for potential buyers and your guests.
Another house that could use soft washing is one that has suffered several months of severe weather. Storms and severe winds can deposit dirt on your home and make it look shabby. The gentle cleaning will spruce up your house, lifting the mood of everyone around it.