When it comes to cleaning down the outside of our home, many of us put the hard work off for much too long. At the same time, it may seem that a dirty exterior is merely an eyesore.

Understanding the damage that moulds, grime and spores can be doing to your walls and ultimately to your home is a real eye-opener – and one which we believe many more homeowners need to be made aware of.

It all comes down to keeping on top of your cleaning routine.

Whether that be the annual power wash that you do yourself, or the bi-annual professional soft wash clean that you pay your local company to do, this article is here to assess the differences between power washing and soft washing – and to let you know which one is really the most effective.

What is pressure washing?

Pressure washing uses lower concentrations of a cleaning solution, relying primarily on the pressure of its jet spray combined with high temperatures in order to create an effective finish.Pressure washing is particularly useful on hard surfaces such as concrete, brick, aggregate or the outside hull of a boat – ensuring the highest level of clean on stubborn surfaces.

What is soft washing?

Soft washing utilises the exact opposite, relying on high concentrations of a cleaning solution accompanied by a much lower pressure of the fluid.
As such, we tend to use soft washing on softer and more fragile surfaces, for example, wood, painted buildings, metal buildings, wood decking, fences and rendered surfaces.

One of the most notable things about soft washers is the marketing used around them – primarily based on the fact that they are operated at low pressure; “safer than pressure cleaning”; “low-pressure cleaning”.

The Similarities

Despite the fact that this is essentially a guide exploring the differences between pressure washing and soft washing, as with most cleaning implements, they do have their similarities.

• Both methods use water run through a hose and pipe
• Both methods spray the water directly onto the surface that is set to be cleaned
• Both methods can add the cleaning solution directly into this water stream to provide an all-round, comfortable, and effectively clean
• Both methods are safe when proper guidelines are followed
• Both methods can be done by a professional cleaner, to ensure the best results in the safest manner possible

Which kind of cleaning is better?

In short, this largely depends on the surface that you want to clean.

The first and most important thing you need to focus on is the kind of surface you are looking to clean, with pressure washing far more likely to do damage when used incorrectly on when directed onto a weakened surface.

The other thing to consider is the location of your surface and whether any chemical usage could cause harm to surround plant life.

We always recommend that you do a thorough rinse after any clean, taking care to remove all chemical traces and ensuring that any solution does not end up splashed or washed onto surrounding wildlife.

If you’re not sure on the best way to approach an exterior clean, no matter what the surface or size of the job, a professional cleaner will be able to guide you and give you a quote to complete the full job safely, quickly and effectively.