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Stopping the spread of the novel coronavirus is our goal, as is the goal of the world. At Cypress Solutions, we have the experienced team ready to clean the exterior and the interior of any space. However, you may be wondering what you can do in between one of our quality cleanings.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the novel coronavirus-19 is spread primarily when healthy people come in close personal contact with a person who has COVID-19 who is coughing or sneezing, which is why social distancing is so important.

But, they haven’t ruled out the possibility that someone could get the virus from touching something that’s been contaminated and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.

So how cautious should you be? What can you do at home or in the workplace to keep your friends and family safe?

The CDC recommends these tips for disinfecting surfaces:

  • If a surface is visibly dirty, clean it with soap and water first, then use a disinfectant.

  • Disinfect high-touch surfaces every day. This includes doorknobs, handles, tables, countertops, keyboards and light switches.

  • Wear disposable gloves.

  • Make sure you have good ventilation in the area where you are cleaning.

  • Use a diluted household bleach solution, or an alcohol-based solution with at least 70% alcohol.

  • Follow instructions on the cleaning product’s label, and check to make sure it isn’t expired.

  • Wash your hands when you’re done.

Hand washing is extremely important because your hands are what’s most likely to come in contact with germy surfaces. Touching an infected surface and then touching your face, provides a path for transmission.

Pressure Washing uses highly pressurized water to forcefully remove any dirt or grime from the surface that it comes into contact with, whereas Soft Washing forgoes much of that pressurization in favor of chemicals. These chemicals are safe for both your home and the environment.

What is Soft Washing?

A soft wash incorporates special low-pressure nozzles on the end of a pressure washing gun or wand. Water is then combined with a biodegradable chemical that removes the biological elements (mold, algae, pollen, dirt, moss) and other stains without damaging surfaces on your home or killing your plants.

Not only does the soft washing method clean surfaces, such as you roof, deck, patio, siding or fence, safely and thoroughly, it also maintains paint and masonry longer. The only time full pressure (4000 psi) should be used is to pressure wash concrete with a surface cleaner that defuses pressure through two nozzles.

Pressure Washing Still Has a Place

Both pressure washing and soft washing are done with a commercial pressure washing machine, which should be used on all jobs. The commercial pressure washer machine will properly distribute and dilute chemicals during pre-rinse, and apply the proper volume/pressure ratio for the appropriate surfaces. This is where the two terms — pressure washing vs. soft washing — are usually confused.

In short, both pressure washing and soft washing can be used on your home by a professional pressure washer. At Cypress Solutions, we know exactly what combination and nozzle extensions to use to achieve the proper pressure, volume and chemical mixture to clean all surfaces thoroughly, effectively and safely.

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