There are many benefits to pressure washing but determining the right method between soft washing, power washing, or pressure washing, depends on a variety of factors. It’s important to know which method to use because each has different uses and performs different functions. Read on to learn more about when to use each and when not to. Our goal is to make sure you understand the options that are available to properly clean a surface.
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What’s the Difference?
It’s common to confuse power washing and pressure washing since both rely on the force of water to clean surfaces. Using water under pressure (or PSI), materials such as dirt, mildew, and other contaminants can be removed from surfaces like a sidewalk, deck, driveway or even a fence. Heated water may also assist in removing the grime, allergens, and cobwebs that naturally collect in those areas and may save time and water by getting the job done faster.
Power washing and pressure washing should only be used on hard exterior surfaces but beware of using it on fences that can be damaged like a wooden fence. Likewise, you should avoid using it on your roof since it could loosen your shingles and nullify your warranty. Exercise caution when using any high pressure wash and if you notice any type of damage to the siding of your home or deck, stop using it immediately.
Soft washing, on the other hand, uses a lower pressure that mixes in specialized cleansers in the process. Soft washing directs water and cleansers together at a higher volume but lower pressure than found in power and pressure washings. This will leave a sudsy solution that works to break down the chemicals in the dirt, mildew, algae, and others.
If you are familiar with the water pressure of an average water hose, this is similar to the pressure used for soft washing. The water stream is considered weak enough that if the water were to hit your hand or strike you in any way, it would not harm you. This may be more ideal if your target is siding, brick, or gutters that could not withstand the blast of a higher pressure or power washing.
What else can be washed?
Although exterior surfaces are commonly exposed to natural elements and focused on when cleaning with a pressure washer, there are other items that can withstand and benefit from a pressure washer. Consider the following:
- Outdoor furniture and furniture cushions
- Children’s bikes and outdoor toys
- Trash cans
- Playground equipment like slides and wagons
- Lawn mower
- Cars and trucks
If you are going to employ any type of professional washing, it’s advised to use their services to clean off items that are in your yard or driveway. You may also want to point the water towards a flag pole, empty pool, or even a chimney. It’s even been known to be used to help get down tree branches if they haven’t fallen fully from the tree. A stream strong enough to remove mold and grime is strong enough to knock a branch into your yard.
Your home, driveway, or personal property will be rid of any dirt, mud, or algae that builds up over time with a good washing. Depending on the surface and age, choose the correct washing style. Every property or possession benefits from being washed regularly but it’s important to choose which one is appropriate to avoid damage. At Platinum Window Cleaning and Pressure Washing, we are trained to clean quickly and efficiently with the right washing equipment. Protecting and restoring your property to its original appearance is our passion and goal.