Soft Washing vs Pressure Washing - Scrub & Shine South West

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Soft Washing vs Pressure Washing

The exterior of your home is a surface which is likely to get dirty over time. This means that you’re going to need to figure out a way of keeping it clean. Ordinarily, you have a couple of choices. You can either get someone to come and pressure wash the property, or they will choose our Plymouth soft washing option instead. 

It’s pretty important to keep your Plymouth home exterior in good condition to prevent the buildup of mold, fungus, dirt, grime and mildew. 

Picking the right method of South West cleaning can be tricky. Both methods have their strengths and benefits, so which is best? We’ll take a look at the two options and their pros and cons.

What’s the Difference Between Jet Washing and Soft Washing? 

If you are wondering what the differences are between Plymouth soft washing and pressure washing, there is a distinct difference. Whilst both are effective ways of washing the Plymouth exterior of your home, they achieve this in different fashions.

To start with, let’s take a look at pressure washing. Pressure washing utilises a pressurised form of water in order to forcibly blast the dirt and grime from a surface. This is a highly effective method of cleaning, but it does have a considerable number of risks. For example, it can create massive property damage if not effectively and sensibly maintained.

This is in contrast to soft washing, which doesn’t have as much pressure involved, and instead use chemicals. These chemicals are actually completely safe for the environment and for use in your home, so you do have a choice in regards to what type of cleaning to use. However, there are certain situations where you need to use pressure washing, and other situations where it would not be a sensible idea. 

When Should You Pressure Wash?

When should you choose Plymouth pressure washing for your property? When it comes to pressure washing, it’s important to consider that it operates by using 2500 psi, which is pounds per square inch in terms of force. This means that there is a large amount of pressure that is being used to remove any dirt and debris. However, this also means that parts of your Plymouth home could be damaged by the high-pressure if it’s not built to stand up to that. Things like wood, windows, tiles on the roof, are all things that can be damaged by high-pressure water.

Understandably, this means that pressure washing is only suitable for certain situations, and a handful of different services. For example, you can use it on patios, any brick or stone surface, as well as any other durable area, and concrete is a particularly effective place to use a pressure washer. Things like driveways, pavements and pathways.

When to Use Plymouth Soft Washing

On the other end of the scale, you do have access to soft washing. The psi for a soft wash is actually just around 1000, which is less than what pressure washing uses by almost 1.5 times. This means that a soft wash is going to be much more effective in dealing with those types of materials that aren’t as durable. The method is quite a bit different to, as instead of relying on sheer force to blast away down and debris, the soft wash will instead utilise chemicals to clean the surfaces properly.

Prominent examples of when you should be using a soft wash are for things like wood, glass, anything that is easily broken, exterior decorations, and the like.

What’s Best?

When it comes to the soft wash, there are quite a few different situations to explore and a wide variety of instances where you could use this particular method, but equally a number of options where the pressure wash maybe the best choice. It’s largely down to what you consider to be fragile or not, and a professional would be able to advise you on what would be best for each specific part of your South West home. 

What you will tend to find is that most professional cleaning companies use a combination of the two. Because there are going to be situations where one is more helpful than the other, most providers will have both on hand and available, and will probably swap between the two at certain points in order to tackle different problems.

You should definitely make sure that you only work with professionals who have access to both. Be wary of any company that tells you they can clean effectively without both, because you do generally tend to require a pressure washer for those hard to clean areas, and a soft wash for more fragile components. Trying to clean everything with a pressure washer will invariably lead to massive property damage, and cleaning everything with a soft wash could result in a lack of cleanliness in certain areas.

Final Thoughts 

So, ultimately, when it comes to trying to clean any kind of home, you need to make sure that you have a combination of both soft wash and pressure washing facilities available. Your Plymouth property will benefit from both because there are different tools for different situations.

A professional company will effectively utilise both, and it’s important to make sure that they do so when working with your property. You will want to avoid damage wherever possible, and a pressure washer can be simply too strong of resource to use in certain areas. Ultimately, the functional difference between the two is basically just a case of how much force is required, which is always measured in pounds per square inch. Those options which have a higher pounds per square edge rating will be able to deliver more force, which makes them better for more heavy duty tasks. However, the soft wash is the far superior option for wood, glass or anything that is fragile. You will definitely require both for the successful cleaning of a property. 

At Scrub and Shine South West Ltd, we are experienced in all methods of cleaning and have vast experience in both Plymouth pressure washing and soft washing. If you would like to discuss your options, please do get in touch. Call 07946 602786.