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Pressure vs. Soft Washing: What’s the Difference?

Pressure vs. Soft Washing: What’s the Difference?

Every now and then, your commercial property will need a washdown. The dirt and grime cake up and stick to the building and surrounding pavement, which is not a good look for your business. Now’s the time to decide on the best cleaning method for the surface of your property. Start off by learning more about pressure and soft washing and the differences between the two.

Soft Washing

Soft washing uses a low-pressure washer in combination with soaps, solutions, and other disinfectants. First, the cleaners use solutions to penetrate the layers of dirt, eating them away from the inside. Then, cleaners use low-pressure power washers to rinse the surface.

Soft washing allows you to clean your building’s surface without worrying about causing any damage. Soft washing can remove mold, mildew, algae, dirt, and other contaminants. Use soft washing to clean the following:

  • Wood panel siding
  • Concrete newer than three years old
  • Vinyl siding
  • Outdoor wood furniture
  • Rooted plants
  • Screens and enclosures

These areas will be safe during the entire cleaning process.

Pressure Washing

The keyword in the phrase pressure washing is pressure. A powerful stream of water comes out of the nozzle attached to a machine. You can expect this machine to pack power behind the punch to deliver highly-compressed water at the surface.

Pressure washers have different strength ratings, given in pounds per square inch (PSI). Most washers use high pressure between 1,500 to 3,000 PSI to effectively remove grime from surfaces. Because of the high power level, you need to be careful if you choose to use a pressure washer. The best pressure washer applications include the following:

  • Removing loose paint or stains
  • Preparing a deck for staining
  • Washing concrete more than three years old

You can adjust the stream and amount of pressure generated from the hose based on the nozzle you choose.

Which To Choose?

Soft washing is a great cleaning option for a home. The pressure is gentle enough to not damage surfaces while removing mold, mildew, or moss. It also helps remove pest infestations.

On the other hand, when it comes to commercial properties, you want to choose pressure washing. This is especially true for large properties. You have a lot more ground to cover between the building and the lot, so you want to do it in the most efficient way possible. At Precise Property Maintenance, we have parking lot maintenance contractors who know how to cover and clean all the areas of your business effectively.

Now that you know the difference between soft washing and pressure washing, you know to give us a call. For more information, visit our website!