It’s no secret that power washing has etched its name in home cleaning. After the pressure washer was invented, the standard practice was to spray a jet of water at a particular surface to clean it, get rid of contaminants, and restore a surface to its original state.
While the method often works, it is quite labor-intensive and requires the cleaner to be close to the surface. So, it can present quite the challenge for the cleaner since the cleaner may not access high areas in cases such as roof cleaning.
Another challenge to high-pressure washing is that water is not always enough to remove stains or discolored trim and gutters, no matter how much pressure you use. Additionally, using high-intensity pressure means you’ll risk damaging the surface being cleaned.
The good news is there is a solution to all these drawbacks.
Over the last few years, the home exterior cleaning business has adopted a somewhat new practice for getting rid of grime and organic debris; professional soft washing.
What Is Soft Washing?
Soft washing is a washing technique that involves low-pressure cleaning, along with a combination of soaps, surfactants, sodium hypochlorite (bleach), and water.
The technique is very convenient for cleaning exterior surfaces such as roofs, decks, patios, or fences to achieve a new sheen without damaging your property.
While you can use a high-pressure washing machine for house washing, you simply won’t get the same results as you would have with soft washing equipment. Below is a list of seven compelling reasons why you should hire a pressure washing company that deals with soft washing to clean your home.
Benefits of Hiring a Residential Soft Wash Company
1. Breath New Life to Your Curb Appeal
Over time, rough weather will make your house look shabby on the outside. Dirt, stains, streaks, and grime will start to collect on your walls, windows, roofs, sidewalks, and driveway.
However, when you soft wash, you will clean the exterior of your house and keep its fixtures and aesthetic features looking their best. Softwashing will get rid of the dirt, grime, and any plant matter that may be taking over your house.
All in all, soft washing will reinvigorate your house instantly and make the exterior of your property look as good as new. This can be especially convenient if you’re looking to sell since it will increase the value of your property.
2. Soft Washing Uses Less Water
Since soft washing uses soap and bleach, you’d be forgiven for thinking soft washing uses more water than high-pressure washing. The truth is the lower the pressure, the less the water used during cleaning.
That’s because a high-pressure wash requires more water to remove stubborn stains and grime. Soft washing, on the other hand, uses chemicals to remove dirt for a better sheen.
3. Extend the Lifespan of Your Property
The collection of grime, dirt, and plant matter on your house can cause extensive damage to your home’s exterior that may cost you an arm and a leg in repairs.
For instance, fungi, moss, and algae can damage your roof’s shingles, causing them to deteriorate and possibly even let in dust, snow, or rainwater. As you can expect, this can cause even further damage to your expensive or valuable belongings; in some cases, irreparable.
When you soft wash your house, you won’t just be cleaning it. You will also be extending the lifespan of your siding, deck, patio, or roof by getting rid of the contaminants that may cause it to age prematurely or damage it altogether.
4. Soft Washing Is Safer
Since you won’t be using ladders with soft washing, it’s unlikely for the cleaner to fall or slip from high positions. This means there’s a lower risk of precautions or damages in case of an accident. The water pressure is also low such that there won’t be any pain if the water came into contact with your hand or other body parts.
5. Save You Money in Energy Bills
Having a dirty roof is more than an eyesore. It will run up your electric bills, especially during summer.
A dirty roof is dark in color, meaning it will attract more heat from the sun and cause your attic to heat up. This will increase the temperature inside your house, compelling you to have the air conditioning longer than you would have with a clean roof.
A soft-washed roof will keep your cooling costs low during hot summer days, thus conserving your energy consumption.
6. Keep Pests Away From Your House
If you’ve ever had to deal with a pest infestation, you must know how frustrating it can be. Pests can be an incredible nuisance that poses a risk to the health of the people occupying your house, as well as the property’s structural integrity.
If you don’t work to clean and maintain the exterior of your home, bugs, rodents, roaches, and other annoying pests will likely find your house a highly habitable place for them to breed.
7. Ensure the Safety of Your Loved Ones
As highlighted above, rough weather conditions may trigger fungi and other plant matter such as mildew, algae, and moss to start growing on your property. If these fungi find their way into your home’s interior, they can trigger a slew of allergic reactions and respiratory problems for you and your family.
The moment you notice mold growing on the walls or roof of your home, make sure you hire a soft washing service company to come and clean it off. Alternatively, you can plan to soft wash regularly to completely eliminate the chances of mildew or mold growing at all.
How Do You Know When You Need to Wash Your House?
If you’re wondering if your house needs a soft wash, a good walk around your property should help you find any discolorations or dirty spots that could do with some cleaning.
Try and look for black or dark grey streaks on the upper areas of the house, as they’re a strong sign that you have algae growing in its early stages.
If you find any evidence pointing towards any of the above, get in touch with Gulf2Bay Softwash for a free quote on our pressure washing services and solutions. Give our New York office a call today on 631-212-2787. We’re open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM.