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What's the Difference Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

When it comes to deciding which method is right for your cleaning needs, it's important to understand that like with many choices in life, there's a bit of give and take. Las Vegas Pressure Washing is happy to take a look at what your needs are and help you make the decision, but we also know that people like to do their own research to educate themselves before consultation.

Pressure washing is also commonly referred to as "power washing." This method uses water at high pressures to remove dirt, debris, mold, even old, loose paint. There is such a thing as hot water washing, but it's not as popular as other methods. This is an amazing chemical-free way to keep up with the Joneses. More importantly it promotes a healthy environment for your family without exposing them to harsh chemicals.

It's important to note that it takes expertise to know what levels of pressure to use on specific surfaces. It's a safe way to clean, but only when you know what you are doing. As the saying goes, "a little water never hurt anyone" however a strong enough wave can knock a man over. Furthermore, it takes practiced technique and attention to achieve a professional streak-free finish. This is why our customers leave it to us to get the job done right.

Soft washing in effect, isn't much different from pressure washing. The difference is that water is used at a lower pressure to protect softer surfaces, and a chemical solution is used to help clean the surface. Soft washing may be a preferred way to remove moss, algae, mildew, and more from the siding of your house or patio. Common chemicals used are bleach, and sodium hypochlorite. Nowadays there are MANY different varieties of soft wash solution, giving many different options to choose from based on specific needs. A customer favorite happens to be a green option, giving peace of mind for those with little ones, pets, and plants that come contact with the area to be cleaned. An added benefit to soft washing is that the results tend to last a bit longer than pressure washing with water alone. The solutions used not only get your surfaces sparkling-clean, they also halt and repel future growth of bacteria, mold, and especially that pesky green algae. While most people will get their homes pressure washed once a year, those who get soft washes may only need it every two, or three years.

Results are dependent on the surface material and condition, chemical solution used, and of course the environment. For instance, if your sprinkler system regularly sprays onto the side of your home, you may have a higher chance of mold growing at faster rates versus your neighbors' home.

Either way, Las Vegas Pressure Washing has what you need to get it clean, and the expertise to get the job done right.

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