Power Washing vs. Soft Washing: What's the Difference?

Usually when we tell our customers it would be best to soft wash their home, they get that funny look in their eyes. You know, like the one you get when you find out somebody took the last piece of pizza: pure and utter confusion.

After all, they called us to power wash their home, so let’s just fire this thing up and blast away, right? Well, that may not always be the best bet.

Particularly when dealing with vinyl and wooden siding, one has to be careful when using a power washer. Otherwise it’s easy to damage the siding by getting high-pressured water up underneath the boards, or even cutting directly through them like a hot knife through butter.

Additionally, pressure washing a two story home often involves getting on ladders. As you can imagine, pressure washers and ladders don’t blend together too well.

So what’s the solution? Well, as you guessed, it’s soft washing.

Soft washing involves using both a power washer AND cleaning detergents to clean the siding of your home, rather than just relying on water pressure alone.

The process looks something like this:

First, we use a power washer to rinse off any free-standing dirt on your home that can be easily knocked off.

Next, we use a detergent applicator to apply the solution to your home from the safety of the ground. This detergent goes deep into the mold, mildew, algae, dirt, and whatever else plagues your vinyl that used to look so clean.

After letting the detergent do its work for 10-15 minutes, we gently rinse it off with water.

The result? Clean, dirt-free, good-as-new siding that looks like it did the day you moved in.

Don’t believe me? Check out these before and after images of a recent soft washing we did in Sand Springs:

We’ll let the results speak for themselves.

Ready to pull the trigger and restore your home to its former glory?

Just give us a call, and we’ll start by giving you a free estimate.

Talk soon,