Pressure Wash vs Soft Wash: What’s the Difference?

Justin GravesUncategorized

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Contemplating cleaning the exterior surfaces of your house? Accumulated dirt and surface growths can make your home’s exterior surfaces look ugly. Proper cleaning of these surfaces is crucial for maintaining the aesthetics of your house.

There are only a few work techniques used to clean the exterior surfaces of a house. Pressure washing and soft washing are among the most popular ones. But which is better?

Here’s what to know to distinguish between pressure washing and a soft wash.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing involves the use of highly pressurized water to blast away any dirt and growths from the surfaces of your home. But not all pressure washing equipment are created the same.

How fast and effectively you can clean depends on two important pressure washer specs – pounds per square inch (PSI) and gallons per minute (GPM). The greater the combination of these two numbers, the greater the power of your pressure washing equipment and the quicker you’ll get the job done.

Some people often confuse pressure washing with power washing. While both cleaning techniques are similar in almost all aspects, power washing relies on both the pressure and temperature of water. Pressure washing only relies on the blasting force of the pressurized water to clean surfaces.

While pressure washing is a highly effective method of cleaning exterior surfaces, its greatest strength (brute force) is also its biggest downside. The highly pressurized water used to forcefully remove buildup from surfaces could also damage softer surfaces.

If you’re going to favor pressure washing, make sure you’re dealing with serious grime on hard surfaces like brick, concrete, stone, and thick metal. The uses of a pressure washer don’t stop there.

Check out our blog on unconventional high-pressure washer uses.

Soft Washing

As already mentioned, the blasting force of the water ejected from pressure washers could potentially damage some softer surfaces on your home. This is where “soft washing” comes in.

This cleaning method involves using a low water pressure to remove accumulated dirt and grime from your surfaces. But chemicals are used in place of the forgone pressurization. The chemical cleaners are specially formulated detergents designed to get rid of dirt buildup, but also kill any bacterial growths on your surfaces.

The chemical solutions are safe for your home and environment, but take some time to work. So, don’t expect to achieve instant results as when you’re pressure washing.

Soft washing is best for softer surfaces that could get ruined if pressure washed. These include wood panel siding, wood fences and decks, cedar shake, stucco, window screens, shingles, and more.

Pressure Wash vs Soft Wash: Which Is Better?

Is pressure washing superior over a soft wash?

None of the two outdoor surface cleaning methods is superior over the other. They both work differently, but each method can achieve professional cleaning results if used properly and on the right surfaces.

Check out our pressure washing and soft washing section to find out what we can do to help keep your home’s exterior surfaces clean.