Power washing your house can have many benefits such as improving the curb appeal of your home to even improving the perceived value of your home if you plan on selling it.
In this quick overview, we will cover a few of the biggest benefits of power washing your house.
Before we begin, it is important to mention that when it comes to “Power washing” your house, high pressure is never a good option. Instead what we recommend is a process known as soft washing. Soft washing is simply the process of using safe cleaning solutions to bring the siding back to its original look rather than relying on dangerous high pressure washing.
Now that we’re gotten that out of the way, let’s get into it!
Pressure washing will only blast off the surfacewhereas soft washing will treat the infection of the stain creating a deeper, longer lasting clean.
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Benefit #1: Increases Homes Perceived Value
When you plan on putting your house on the market it is a very good idea to do everything you can to increase the value of your home in order to maximize the price. Power washing and exterior cleaning is one of the cheapest solutions available to you that will have the biggest price increase for your home.
First impressions are everything! You wouldn’t want a prospective buyer to be turned away from your home simply because the first impression is covered with green algae and cobwebs. A quick soft wash is something that can easily and affordably solve this problem.
Benefit #2: Increases You Homes Curb Appeal
If you are having a barbeque or a family get- together would you want your house to look dirty?
This is one of the biggest problems with algae and other organic materials that grow on your homes siding. Your home is your biggest asset, one of the most important possessions that you own, it represents you and your family. You keep the inside of your home cleaned for visitors, it makes sense to also keep the outside of your home cleaned!
Benefit #3: Remove the health hazard presented by the airborne algae
If you have a deck or a patio and you regularly enjoy sitting outside with your family, did you know that the unsightly green algae growing on your siding and deck is also airborne? You’re breathing it in everytime you sit on your deck or spend time around the exterior of your home!
The reason we love our soft washing solution so much more than pressure washing is that our solution actually sanitizes your siding, decks, and patios rather than just removing what you can see. This means that the algae is removed and will stay removed for a much longer period of time.
So as you can see, cleaning your home’s siding has many more benefits than just the looks! It can improve the value of your home and the health and safety of your loved ones.
If you would like to get more information about having a professional clean your homes siding, please reach out to us at any time by giving us a call or filling out the form on our website.
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.