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.