Of all the ways to clean the exterior of your home, pressure washing is the most effective and efficient. However, while high-pressure systems are good for hard surfaces such as metal and concrete, they are not always the best solution for home exteriors. In fact, pressure washing at high pressure can cause significant damage to paintwork, stucco, render and other coatings.
Soft washing involves the use of cleaning solutions and water which are used to clean exterior surfaces at a low pressure. In some cases, special detergents are used that kill algae and mold and stop it from reappearing. Stain removers can also be used to get rid of those more stubborn stains. The most important consideration when choosing a soft washing service is that you choose a company with years of experience in this technique and who can help you to restore the beauty of your sidings, windows, roof, gutters and more.
Let’s take a closer look into the surfaces that can be beautifully refreshed with soft washing.
1. Wooden Sidings
If your home has wooden panel sidings fitted, soft washing can help to keep them looking their best and even prolong their natural life. While wood is one of the most durable of housebuilding materials, it can also be damaged by high-pressure washing services. With soft washing, we can adjust the pressure to match the surface we are cleaning so that we get perfect results every time.
Don’t risk high-pressure cleaners damaging your stucco when soft washing will get the same results in a much gentler way. Just like wood, stucco is durable and holds up to the elements, but it simply cannot withstand the high impact of pressure washing.
3. Windows and Doors
Windows often have delicate components in their frames which may be damaged by high-pressure washing. This not only impacts the look and operation of your windows but could introduce security vulnerabilities, too. Soft washing can clean both the frames and glass effectively, removing all stains and any areas of mold or mildew.
4. Shingle Roofs
When it comes to washing your roof, soft washing is the only way to go. Again, the power of high-pressure washers can easily weaken the roof’s adhesion or destroy the shingles completely. High-pressure can also force open areas of the roof allowing air and water to enter. Soft washing can be used on any type of roof, including metal or wooden roofing.
5. Wood Decks and Fencing
Most wooden decks and fences are designed to withstand a multitude of weather conditions. Many are treated with a special wood preservative that prevents cracking and warping and prolongs the life of the wood. However, high-pressure washers can cut through these preservatives, exposing untreated wood to the elements. Soft washing, on the other hand, respects the wood, cleans it thoroughly and removes all traces of algae and mold.
To find out more about the many benefits of soft washing and how we can help you to preserve the beauty of your home and protect it from the elements and other environmental damage, get in touch with our friendly team today.