Yes, it’s often worth it to hire a pro service provider to wash the exterior of your house or business. The main benefits of hiring a professional pressure washer include the pro’s ability to clean without damaging your property (removing the risk for personal injury) and their ability to spot problems before they occur.
With DIY pressure washing, you can save money and get familiar with your property’s nooks and crannies. However, you run the risk of damaging your siding and your paint, falling off a ladder, hurting yourself with the high-pressure water and not spotting problems that an experienced pro would be able to spot.
Is Soft Washing really a superior, safer approach to clean your home? To start, let’s look at how the two systems operate. They both run water through a pump and a hose, and the water is then sprayed onto the exterior to remove dirt, mold, and the like.
1. A Pressure Washing service provider will just use the high pressure to blast away the dirt. A pressure washing Service tech will have to keep a steady an close distance to the surface to make sure to keep a even look especially on siding because they will be disturbing any oxidation that may be on the siding. “Oxidation is caused by the sun and will make vinyl an metal siding to fade creating a small white chalk like powder.”
Here are the key contrasts to pressure washing: With pressure cleaning, the water is pressurized, so it sprays harder to remove mold, dirt, and so on. The advantages of this system are that you can utilize fewer chemicals when cleaning and that you can provide a more thorough cleaning for tougher surfaces such as a concrete driveway.
Is pressure cleaning safe? Yes. But like anything, if you don’t utilize the equipment appropriately, you can cause harm. But if you appropriately use a pressure cleaning system, you will cause no harm to any surface and you can get surfaces clean with few, if any, chemicals.
2. Soft washing runs water through a pump with very little pressurization. This system normally consists of a higher volume of water rather than pressurized water being sprayed from the hose. Soft Washing also uses a higher concentration of chemicals or cleaning solutions when cleaning a home. Where a pressure cleaner may be able to remove some dirt with no chemicals because of the pressure, soft washing systems need the chemicals to loosen the dirt before the water is sprayed to remove it.
The benefit of soft washing is that there is less pressure being applied to a home, meaning there is a smaller chance of causing damage and the biodegradable chemicals creates a deeper an longer lasting clean by killing all organic growths at the root whereas pressure washing will only blast off the surface leaving a tiny root to sprout again. Is soft washing safe? Yes. Like pressure cleaning, though, if you do not use the system properly, you may cause damage. High chemical concentrates can kill plant life and damage certain surfaces. Properly used, though, soft washing is a safe way to clean.
So, which system is better? Well, being a exterior cleaner myself I highly recommend soft washing. For example with pressure washing you have to climb ladders with your high pressure wand which is not safe or you have to rent a lift to somehow get you up close to where your cleaning but with soft washing a cleaner can usually do it all from the ground.
When You Should Pressure-Wash:
A Professional Pressure Washing Service would be a recommended application when the substrates are hard and very resilient to damage of any kind from pressure. They (Pro Pressure Cleaning Service) will have the proper ratios equipped in a downstream injector (the thing that sucks up the chemicals from the tank and into the hose) in order to not place too much or too little on the siding of your home.
Pressure Washing substrates include:
The thought here is to apply the solution and let it dwell long enough to loosen up the mildew or soiling where when you hit it with pressure or hot water. Since the solution concentrate is back seat to pressure, one can begin pressure washing within about 5 minutes of applying the solution. It is always best practice to apply the solution with a professional grade surfactant (contains wetting agents to keep the solution wet longer) in order to maximize the cleaning process and to kill any mildew spores that are present.
Follow chemical treatment with high-pressure wash and rinse and even heat in order to remove any contaminants from the surface.
When You Should Soft-Wash:
A Soft Washing Service will normally be a professional Pressure Washing Service with the right Soft Washing equipment. 90% of the time, the fly by nighters will not have the correct equipment in order to apply the right amount of chemical at the right ratios in order to perform a proper Soft Washing of your home. With that being said, I would recommend a Soft Washing process on substrates that are notoriously hard to get clean with pressure or would be damaged if one were to use high pressure on them.
Soft-Wash substrates include:
Soft Washing requires being cognitive of your landscape and of the substrate you are washing as direct harm can happen to landscape if the plants are not pre-soaked with water before treatment begins.
How To Soft Wash Your Home:
Start by premixing your Sodium Hypochlorite and your surfactant,(you want to make sure that you use the correct amount because you do not want visible bubble bath like suds on the house nor do you want to much SH as this could harm the siding) many Professional Soft Washing companies choose to use a proportioner system that does this automatically in order to control the flow and ratio of chemicals on the fly.
Then, after you have pre-soaked the landscape with water, start applying your mix, apply generously because if you have mixed your ratios correctly for the substrate you are cleaning you won’t have to worry about over applying. Now, allow to dwell on the siding.
Come back in about 5 minutes and see what your effect to the mildew has been. When dealing with Vinyl Siding, you may only need to apply once, if you are cleaning a more porous stubborn substrate like stucco, you may need to up your concentration on your proportioner then reapply. Apply as many times as you need to in order to get the desired result, then turn all chemicals off and rinse with pure water. Make sure you rinse enough to dilute any and all chemicals that were present.
The secret to great results in pressure washing and soft washing is to understand the capabilities of your equipment and chemicals.
Many Professional Soft Washing Companies have access to chemicals at concentrations that consumers just cannot obtain at the local hardware store. This completely changes the game entirely, because they can also control what concentrations get sprayed where. (ex. Higher concentration for the roof, low concentration for vinyl siding) all on the truck, within the same day.
If you are considering getting this service for your home, make sure that you hire a reputable company with great reviews and a wealth of knowledge about what they will be applying to your home (also, weather soft washing or pressure washing would be a good fit). If they know what they’re doing, you shouldn’t have any problems and your home should shine bright when they’re done!
Soft washing is a low pressure cleaning process commonly used to safely treat and remove organic matter: mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss, lichens in addition to dirt, grime and spiderwebs. Soft washing originated as an alternative to pressure washing where high pressure can cause damages.
The application is achieved from low pressure dedicated pumps where measurements of commonly used products, mainly sodium hypochlorite and detergents can be preciously metered and applied.
Soft Washing continues to evolve. Pumps now available producing more pressure than original electric diaphragm pumps, allowing solution to be safely applied at further distances and adding increased rinsing volume. (Booster pumps, air diaphragm, and gas powered diaphragm pumps). Neutralizing agents to aid in reducing damages that can be caused by chemicals. Soft washing has drastically changed the proficiency and safety of cleaning structures and roofs.
It’s in the same category as power washing and pressure washing but it doesn’t involve using hot water as power washing does or using pressure as pressure washing does.
Soft washing has evolved from pressure washing. Soft washing uses a biodegradable soap to do the cleaning for a more gental method of cleaning. Softwashing can be used both for commercial and residential properties. A soft wash is best known for a Roof Cleaning procedure but that is just the tip of the iceberg! Today their is a soap for all your exterior surfaces. When you soap something an then just rinse the soap off and everything is clean now that’s what you call a soft wash.
My name is Kenneth Miller. I am the Owner and Operator of Miller Soft Wash. Miller Soft Wash is a Pressure Washing Service that does roof cleaning, exterior house washing and driveway pressure washing. I service both commercial and residential customers. I live in New Paris Indiana and am happily married to Marla Miller. We are proud parents of two daughters Ezlyn Rain (1) and Zayla Rose (4 weeks old)
I have always dreamed of having my own business as a kid so when covid came along and shut my day job down at L & C Welding in Shipshewanna Indiana for six weeks in the spring of 2020 that is when I started my Pressure Washing Service business and have been full time doing Exterior House Washing an Cleaning Roofs ever since!
My pressure washing service business was truly a blessing from God. I have also been very blessed to have such a amazing community near me to provide a Cleaning Service for here in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan cause I have had so much fun this past year just meeting new people and have built a lot of great relationships from providing this Pressure Washing Service .
I am a certified car detailer which I did for a couple of years working for my brother Steven Miller who owned Diamond Star in Millersburg Indiana. You might remember seeing my brother in the local news a few
years back of him detailing Air Force One.
I was raised Amish in Middlebury Indiana. You will probably recognize my Amish accent in my voice once you meet me or that’s what past customers have said.
Growing up Amish in Middlebury Indiana we had plenty of chores to keep us busy. We had three duck barns for a total of 26000 ducks we raised for Culver Duck also in Middlebury Indiana.
One duck barn was a research an development barn with small pens of 25 ducks each all through the barn. Each pen would get different amounts of feed so we had to weigh out each pens feed each day then we would have to gather eggs and mark the eggs with the date an pen number on each egg. We also had to weigh each individual duck each week and keep track of there weight so ya us siblings had enough work to keep us out of trouble I’d say lol.
I love and follow Jesus with my whole heart and believe strongly in not judging and loving your neighbor as thyself. I love making people smile so hopefully I can do that for you by being of service to you!
If you need any Exterior Cleaning Service done I hope you will check out my prices by requesting a Quote.
1. A typical house wash is anywhere from $200 to $700
2. A typical roof wash is anywhere from $500 to $2000
It may look like your roof is crying with its mascara on, but those black streaks are actually algae. Algae usually begin as a few small spots, but soon it can spread, leading to unsightly splotches and creating a welcoming environment for the growth of fungus and lichen, which can damage your roof and penetrate your substructure.
Miller Soft Wash offers professional roof cleaning to our friends and neighbors in Elkhart and the surrounding areas. Roof Cleaning safely and effectively removes those sad-looking streaks, restoring the appearance of your roof and giving it a fresh appeal.
Miller Soft Wash uses a superior low pressure washing method with 100% biodegradable cleaning solutions for your exterior cleaning needs. The use of our professional, low pressure washing method maximizes the treatment value and is manufacturer prescribed by ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association) and GAF (North America’s Largest Roofing Manufacturer) for cleaning asphalt shingle roofs. Soft washing is a alternative technique to power washing that treats the infection of the stain and lets the cleaning solutions sanitize, doing 100% of the work, killing all mildew, algae, moss, and lichen at the root, not just the surface, creating a longer-lasting Clean.”
After periods of aging, a home or business exterior will gradually deteriorate. Miller Soft Wash offers its customer’s a safe and effective way for restoring their properties to like-new condition. By improving the appearance of your home or business you’ll be able to experience all of the value and added benefits that a clean dwelling has to offer. Miller Soft Wash offers a unique and more effective cleaning service that will beautify your home or business. The unique low pressure process will remove mildew, mold, lichen and other unwelcome residues. Depending on your particular needs, we use a combination of industrial proven cleaning method to ensure a result that’s attractive and a longer lasting clean. You can rest assured that we’ll take every necessary step to protect and enhance your dwelling when in our care.
Outdoor playgrounds are an awesome place for children of all ages to meet with friends and have a great time doing so many fun and interactive things. However, because so many people of all ages congregate and physically touch surface areas, playgrounds are a breeding ground for many types of bacteria and germs.
There have been many studies from independent labs by companies, agencies and government branches have shown that these playground surfaces contain both mild and serious health risks.
Some examples of the more serious issues that can be present and transmitted are salmonella, E. coli, norovirus and hepatitis. More common issues like colds, coughs and flus are also possible through surface contamination.
Ultimately the best protection is a combination of treating the playground areas on a frequent basis and always making sure that anyone who has touched the surface areas should clean themselves with the proper sanitizing wipes or gels immediately after using the facilities. It is important to keep children away from touching their face and mouths while playing because that is one of the most susceptible areas.
Sanitize Playground Equipment the Right Way
Miller Soft Wash uses a SoftWash approach to clean the surface. We use low water pressure along with 100% biodegradable chemicals and soaps that sanitize the surface. We let the SoftWash dwell on the surface for a short period of time, and then we thoroughly rinse off the area with water. Our aim is to sanitize the entire area of the playground.
We can SoftWash and Sanitize the playground playset parts such as swings, slides, climbers and the structure and individual chains, poles, handles, hangars, seats, slides, etc.
We are also able to clean other areas such as benches, fountains, flooring, rest shelters, canopies, wood surfaces, signage, retaining walls, rubber, court surfaces, etc.
Did you know that it is estimated that 70% of homeowners re-roof their home way too early? Let us save you thousands of dollars by softwashing your roof for a fraction of the cost of replacement. Think about it for a minute. Your roof was designed to last 25-30 years (asphalt shingles). Why would you re-roof before it is needed and waste all that money?
Many homeowners are hesitate to have their roof cleaned because they are uneducated on the benefits of softwashing. They might have heard horror stories of fly-by night companies trying to clean roofs and damaging their landscaping or the roof itself. Frequently asked questions are “Will it hurt my plants?”, ” What do you use to clean the roof?”, or “Do you guys use a pressure washer?”
First and foremost, only allow a reputable company to perform roof cleaning on your home!
When done correctly, softwash roof cleaning will not damage your landscaping. We know that you take pride in your lawn and surrounding vegetation. Our tried and true process will only add value to your property without damage to your plant life. We use our proprietary algicidal solution to gently remove Gloeocapsamagma roof stains, moss, lichen, and other organisms that thrive on your roof. Our softwash system is specifically designed to be under 100 PSI. The softwash process relies on the cleaning solution to do the work, not high pressure.