The Difference Between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing

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Maintaining your home’s exterior can be overwhelming. Not only do you have to put in the work, but you also have to know what type of work to do. A common catch-all term for washing the outside of your house is pressure washing. However, this is a specific method of washing your home’s exterior. The other term it encompasses is soft washing, which you may not have heard of. So what is the difference between soft washing and pressure washing? Let’s break it down.

What’s the difference between soft washing and pressure washing?

There are two basic differences between soft washing and pressure washing: the pressure levels and the chemicals used during the process. As the name implies, pressure washing uses a high level of pressure to clean surfaces. Just water is needed to get the job done with pressure washing, as long as you have the proper equipment.

Soft washing, on the other hand, uses a lower level of pressure. This requires specialized equipment as well, and both methods use different equipment to get the job done. It’s not like a hairdryer, where you can just flip a switch to get a different level of pressure. 

So which method do I need?

Pressure washing and soft washing are both great cleaning methods for your home’s exterior, and each method has its place.

Soft washing is going to be your go-to method for your actual home. Whether it’s the siding, roof, or even your garage door, soft washing is going to do the job and do it safely. These materials are a little more sensitive and can’t necessarily handle the extreme pressure that comes with pressure washing. 

Pressure washing is a great method for everything else. Your driveway, sidewalks, deck, even old wooden patio furniture can be cleaned with pressure washing. These materials can sustain the higher pressure, which will help get the job done more efficiently.

Where do I start?

Now that you know the difference between these two methods of washing, you’re probably wondering where you can even start. Although big box stores sell pressure washers, your best bet is to go with the professionals. 

When you hire a professional team to clean your home’s exterior, you know the job is getting done right. You can trust that professionals know the difference between soft washing and pressure washing, and that they know which method to use with each surface. And you can especially trust them when you hire ASF Clean Team.

At ASF Clean Team, we use environmentally-friendly cleaning options. So not only will your home be sparkling clean when we leave, but you can trust that the methods we’re using are safe for the environment and your home. 

If you live in or near San Francisco Bay area, contact ASF Clean Team today to schedule a pressure washing or soft washing service.

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