Exterior cleaning is deceptively complicated. It may seem as easy as taking your hose and rinsing off the various surfaces, or putting in some elbow grease with some soap and a sponge. Additionally, you may have a pressure washer that is tempting you to watch a youtube video and However, this can lead to an ineffective cleaning job, waste of time and money, or potential damage to your property. While hiring a professional can save time, money, and ensure quality, you may still want to know some of the ins and outs of how exterior cleaning works. With this in mind, lets focus on one of the more confusing and nuanced parts of exterior cleaning: What’s the difference between soft washing and pressure washing?
Soft Washing vs Pressure Washing
Soft Washing involves lowering the PSI (or pressure per square inch) to 500 or lower. This allows more sensitive surfaces to be cleaned, removing built up grime, algea, and lichens. The proper mix of chemicals allow additionally for the break down of spores, keeping your exterior looking refreshed! Some of the surfaces we soft wash include siding, painted surfaces, and roof shingles.
Pressure washing amps up the PSI to help break down tough imbedded dirt and grime. Typically used for concrete, brick, and other hard surfaces. While seemingly simple, pressure washing can be quite dangerous, as the water stream can easily cut, including fingers to the bone. Finally, Pressure washing can be separated into two categories: Power washing and pressure washing. What is the difference?
Power Washing vs Pressure Washing
Power washing and pressure washing are very close to each other with one crucial difference: Power washing includes heating up the pressurized water. The heat allows for additional removal of unwanted gunk even beyond pressure washing. However, this is more dangerous, as well as harsher on the surface being cleaned. It is best to leave it to the professionals, like Florian, to determine the best way to refresh your exterior surfaces.
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Give our friendly, knowledgeable office staff at Florian Exterior Cleaning a call to get free, no obligation soft washing or pressure washing estimate today! Give them a call at 1-800-WASH-100 to talk to a customer service representative to discuss your project! Unable to call? You can always contact us here with an online inquiry!