Soft washing is a non-abrasive low pressure washing method widely used in the home to safely remove dirt, dust, mildew, mold, algae, bacteria, fungus, mites, algae and mildew: hard water, seawater, chlorine, chlorinated water and fossil fuels. Soft washing was invented as an alternative to high pressure washing where high force could cause serious damages. High pressure washing machines can dislodge deposits that would otherwise be impossible to remove. Soft washing machines use water at a much lower pressure than most home softeners can offer. This method also does not contain salt or harsh chemicals as most other types of machines do.
You might wonder why you should consider using a low-pressure type of exterior cleaning solution when high pressure washing is still an available option. The answer is simple. Pressure washing machines have the potential to damage the surfaces of your exterior significantly. Salty residue from the detergent can leave a film that makes it impossible for your cleaning solution to completely dissolve. In addition, they are expensive to purchase, difficult to operate and they require frequent cleanings and maintenance.
If you want to use a low-pressure washing system in order to protect your home, then you should take the following steps into consideration. Determine which areas of your exterior you wish to treat with a gentle cleaning solution. A good rule of thumb is to always start at the highest point on your exterior and work your way down. Consult your local soft washing specialist to determine which high pressure washing equipment will best suit your needs. Depending on how extensive your cleaning routine is, you may need to visit your local hardware store in order to find the right machine.
A properly installed, high-performance soft washing system will effectively remove grease, oil, and dirt particles from your roof, driveway, sidewalks, gutters and eaves. It is important that these types of contaminants are not left behind during the actual cleaning process in order to maximize your results. High-performance pressure washing equipment should be designed to clean the exterior of all kinds of surface, including bricks, pavers, concrete, asphalt, tiles, vinyl and plastic. Professional roof cleaning service companies may also be able to provide advice on ways to prevent problems such as puddles in the driveway and streaks in the sidewalk by implementing preventive methods such as proper drainage and sealing.
There are a number of ways in which high-performance soft washing equipment can effectively clean your exterior surfaces. These include: using water, air or robotic pressure washers. In the case of water-based systems, they use pressurized water under very high pressure to clean your exterior surfaces. Air-based systems use powerful air blowers to clean your roofs; robotic cleaning machines use their rotors to clean your roofs and paths; and robotic cleaners use a network of wires to clean your roofs.
The total cost of pressure washing your exterior surfaces will depend on the type of equipment you choose as well as the size of your job. High-performance pressure washing equipment can cost up to $1500; if you are only planning on performing one or two shingles on an occasional basis, you may be able to get away with renting a pressure washing machine on occasion. It is important to note, however, that high-performance machines will require frequent use in order to maximize their cleaning benefits. If you find yourself with very dirty exterior surfaces, it may be best to invest in a rental power washing machine for the job.