More About Softwash
Softwash Benefits over Power Wash
While power wash certainly has its place in property maintenance, there are many reasons that you may want to consider softwash for your next clean. Softwashing is suited to external hard surfaces including, driveway, patio or decking. For both first time cleans and routine maintenance, soft wash has significant advantages over power wash:
- Reduces chances for damage and water penetration into the structure.
- A cleaner end product due to the cleaning agents.
- Combats algae, mildew and mould at a molecular level instead of just blasting the surface. This allows the home to stay clear of discolouration and cleaner for longer.
- The structures exterior is disinfected as well as cleaned.
- Biodegradable solution is neutralised immediately after use.
- Requires less water than cleaning with high pressure.
- Softwashing is safer and more effective than power washing
So What is Softwash?
Softwashing is the use of a combination of biodegradable chemicals and a low-pressure, non-abrasive water jet to combat harmful and unsightly algae, mould, and lichen, while cleaning off hard to remove dirt and discolouration. The low pressure water jet is unofficially described as any jet that you could safely put your hand in front of, whereas the high pressure jet will cause laceration and damage to uncovered skin.
Why is Power Wash Not Preferred in Most Cases?
High pressure power washing can cause permanent damage to all surfaces commonly found on and around your home. Not only can a high pressure jet damage and discolour vinyl cladding, it can also shoot water underneath the cladding, causing leaking and unseen damage.
With wood, a high pressure jet can strip nishes, etch the soft pulp of the wood, and damage the lignin that holds the pulp together, and gives the boards their structural integrity. The high pressure jet can permanently discolour concrete, stone, and brick, and it can loosen and erode the mortar between bricks and stone.
Aesthetically speaking, the high pressure jet mechanically removes the algae, mould, lichen and mildew from surfaces, making it look clean. That plant life typically grows back quickly however, because it was not chemically treated and eliminated at the source.
Why Don’t More People Use Softwash?
The DIY homeowner is more likely to purchase a relatively inexpensive pressure washer from a DIY store than to invest the several thousand pounds it costs for a commercial grade soft wash system. Regrettably, the same can be said for many “professionals” who market their power washing services. Just because the equipment is more expensive, it doesn’t mean the cost for the service is necessarily higher. Our softwashing prices are generally competitive with jet washing prices. And, considering that softwashing both removes and combats the source of the unsightly stains, your home and exterior surfaces will stay clean longer, representing a better long-term value.