Soft washing is a highly effective technique that removes dirt from your roof and home’s exterior without causing damage. At Double Check Pressure Washing, we use the latest soft washing systems and techniques to refresh your roof and remove organic growth effectively. Learn more about this technique and how it compares to pressure washing below.
What Is Soft Washing?
The secret to soft washing is a cleaning solution rather than a high-pressure spray. The biodegradable cleaning agent is powerful enough to remove the dirt and kill moss, algae, and other organic growth.
Our team sets the pressure washer to a wide spray using a low-pressure nozzle. We simply allow the detergent to soak in for a little while and then rinse it away.
It’s seldom necessary to reapply the cleaning solution. If there’s dirt that still won’t budge, we scrub it away gently with a soft-bristled brush.
The Benefits of Soft Washing Over Pressure Washing
Some benefits include:
- An environmentally friendly solution
- Less risk of damage to your landscaping
- No damage to the roof
- Highly effective at removing algae, moss, and lichen
- Makes for a healthier environment by removing allergens
- Lifts dirt and ingrained grime effectively
- Kills algae and mold spores, preventing their immediate regrowth
- Useful on a range of roofing types
- Won’t damage older roofs or those in less-than-optimal conditions
What Is Pressure Washing?
Pressure washing relies on a jet of highly pressurized water rather than detergents to remove dirt. We will use pressure washing for some cleaning projects; for example, it’s highly effective on most types of concrete.
However, understanding when to apply the pressure takes a good deal of experience. It’s also easy to injure yourself or damage the item you’re cleaning if you use too much pressure or the wrong distance or angle.
- Enables you to get a deep clean
- Works quickly
- Removes ingrained dirt
Pressure washing has some downsides. It:
- Isn’t suitable for more delicate surfaces
- Might damage concrete that is less than three years old
- Can be a dangerous technique if you’re inexperienced
Why Is Soft-Washing Your Roof the Best Solution?
When considering soft washing vs. pressure washing, soft washing will often win out. Your roof is more delicate than you might imagine. If you use direct pressure, you risk cracking tiles, warping metal sheets, or chipping the asphalt off shingles. Soft washing makes it unnecessary to use any type of high pressure. The cleaning agent weakens dirt bonded to your roof. We can then wash it away with minimal pressure, or brush them off easily.
Furthermore, you can enhance this technique by adding algaecides or other agents that kill organic growth. This is the most effective way of dealing with algae, moss, lichen, and the stains they cause.
Soft washing is highly effective and won’t damage the roofing materials. It works for most roof types and is entirely customizable.