Should I Pressure Wash or Soft Wash My Home? A Guide to Choosing the Best Method for Your Property.

Spring is right around the corner. As you begin spring cleaning all of those rooms and closets, don’t forget: your home’s exteriors could use some TLC, too! With the relatively mild weather and months ahead before storms start coming through consistently in Florida, now is the perfect time to look into getting your home’s exterior surfaces professionally cleaned. With that in mind, is it better to get a pressure wash or soft wash for your property (or even some combination of both)? Today, we’re going over why professional cleaning is so beneficial, as well as which method is more likely to work well for your home. Let’s begin.

The Benefits of Professional Exterior Cleaning

Whether you end up getting a soft wash or a pressure wash for your home, there’s no denying that both offer a host of benefits. For one, professional cleaning removes and prevents the build of debris on surfaces like your roof and walls, preventing inconveniences like clogged gutters and discoloration. More importantly, professional washing removes algae spores, mold, and mildew from your home’s exteriors, all of which can become considerable health hazards if left unchecked. Mold thrives in warm, humid environments – in other words, Florida’s atmosphere is perfect for it. Make sure that your home is protected against it with professional exterior cleaning.

As a rule of thumb, a playground should be cleaned about as frequently as a bathroom would be. This frequency is proportional to how often the playground is used, and by how many people. Spot cleaning a few times a week is a standard guideline for keeping playgrounds clean and safe, in addition to professional cleaning every few months. If you’re looking into professional cleaning for an at-home playground, it’s likely that you can get away with professional cleaning about once or twice a year; for public playgrounds, this can be more often depending on how well-frequented your area is.

Pressure Wash vs. Soft Wash

Before we get into any recommendations, let’s quickly go over the key differences between soft washing and pressure washing. Pressure washing uses high-heat, high pressure water to remove dirt and debris from heavy-duty exterior surfaces. Pressure washing is not a hyperbole; the pressure used can be up to 3100 PSI, depending on the equipment and surface. Soft washing, on the other hand, uses less pressure and less heat. In a soft wash, a cleaning solution is used to remove dirt and debris; the cleaning solution makes up for the lower amounts of heat and pressure. At A-Plus Softwash, we use a customizable, biodegradable cleaning solution that’s gentle yet effective. Both methods can be extremely effective when done by a professional, and each one is better suited to a unique set of circumstances and surfaces.

Pressure Wash or Soft Wash: Which is Right for Your Home?

Should you look into booking a soft wash or a pressure wash for your home? The answer depends on the surfaces you’re having cleaned. Generally speaking, pressure washing is perfect for tough, durable surfaces, like concrete, brick, and stone. This method is perfect for removing debris, oil stains, and algae from driveways, brick siding, and stone pavers. Soft washing, on the other hand, is the go-to cleaning method for less durable surfaces, like wood, clay, and vinyl. It’s a great option for your roof, dock, or more delicate clay and stucco pavers. It’s also a good option if your porch and/or patio screens need cleaning. If you need both hard and soft surfaces cleaned in your home’s exterior, be sure to let your cleaning company know so that they can come prepared to apply the method that works best for each surface.
What’s better for your home: a pressure wash or soft wash? Regardless of your answer, we’re here to help make your home look its best with professional exterior cleaning services. To learn more and get a free quote on your pressure or soft wash, click here.

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About A+ SoftWash

A+ SoftWash & Pressure Washing was founded with our consumers’ best interest at heart. We found homeowners were being advised to replace roofs, stucco, and siding only because they were dirty, not old and damaged. Contractors often recommend expensive remodeling projects, although your building materials still have remaining life. Maintaining clean surfaces with SoftWash will extend the life of your exterior facades for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.

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