What is the Difference Between Soft and Pressure Washing?

When it comes to pressure washing, unless you are an industry professional, you might not know that there are several different methods to washing the exterior of your home. The terminology is not only not the same for the techniques; using the wrong one can lead to costly and extensive damage. Soft, pressure, and power washing are different types of exterior washing, and knowing which method to use is essential to both get things as clean as possible and limit the potential for damage.

What are Pressure and Power Washing?

Pressure and power washing are often talked about as if they are interchangeable terms. Pressure washing uses high-powered targeted water to clean exterior surfaces that are strong enough and impervious enough to water to withstand the high-pressure water. Power washing also uses a high-powered targeted spray, but unlike pressure washing, power washing uses the addition of hot or warm water to enhance the cleaning potential. Safe surfaces to pressure wash include:

  • Concrete sidewalks, entryways, driveways, and parking lots
  • Asphalt driveways and parking lots
  • Walls and siding
  • Some decks and patios

What is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is entirely different from both pressure and power washing. It is an exterior washing technique that uses lower-pressure water with chemicals and solvents to treat areas that need a gentler touch. It can sometimes be used to target specific types of stains that need a little extra help to clean. Soft washing is appropriate for places where high-powered water can lead to damage, like painted or porous areas around the house. The solvents and cleaners used in soft washing techniques are eco-friendly, targeted, and biodegradable, so they offer the safest and best cleaning method possible. Areas that should be soft washed:

  • Some decks and patios
  • Solar panels
  • Some siding
  • Roofs
  • Gutters and soffits
  • Painted wood
  • Old mortar
  • Lead paint
  • Wooden outdoor furniture

How Do You Know Which to Use?

Although most homeowners assume that pressure washing is a great do-it-yourself project, by the time you rent the equipment, take the time to pressure wash, and run the risk of damage from potentially using the wrong technique, it becomes obvious that it’s a much better choice to pay a little more to have an industry professional take care of your pressure washing needs. In general, any surface that isn’t hardy enough or that will absorb water can benefit from a soft washing method. The only way to limit damage and to know for sure is to have the training and experience it takes to get things clean and reduce the risk of damage.

At Stuckwisch Pressure Washing, we have the training, industry knowledge, and experience to get the best results possible from both pressure and soft washing. We also know what can be used to ensure that stains are tackled and to reduce the risk that your exterior materials are damaged. Schedule your appointment today and let us boost your curb appeal for very little investment!