• Keir Hughes

Pressure Washing vs Soft Washing

In this post we will discuss the differences between the two, why and when you would use either method and the results you can expect.

Pressure washing and soft washing are the two primary methods used in exterior cleaning but they are very different in scope.

For example, if you are using high pressure to remove the dirt and stains you could damage the surface/structure of the area you are cleaning. Whilst soft washing may not properly clean the surface if the products are not used correctly.

Lets take a look at them both in more detail.

What is Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses high pressure water jets that are designed to remove contaminants from strong, hard surfaces. It is generally the best method for removing dirt and stains from driveways or patio's. But if used on softer surfaces like the wood of your decking, you run the risk of damaging the surface, leaving it open to further problems. If used on brick walls, you are likely to blast out the cement pointing, leaving it exposed to further weathering. We don't advocate pressure washing a roof (although many do it successfully), if done incorrectly you can cause damage to your tiles or leave you with a leaking roof.

Pressure washing is best for

  • Block paving

  • Patios

  • Concrete

  • Removing dirt and stains from hard, strong surfaces.

What is Soft Washing

Soft washing uses specialised equipment to apply chemicals at low pressure. This method very much relies on the products used to remove contaminants such as mould, algae, mildew, lichen and dirt. This is considered the safest way to clean softer, less strucually secure surfaces. It can be brushed on, sprayed on or even applied by watering can (on horizontal surfaces) ensuring you protect the integrity of the area you are cleaning. We feel soft washing is by far the safest way to clean roofs and when using a biocide, it has the longest lasting effects.

Soft Washing is best for

  • Roofs

  • Decking

  • Cladding

  • Fascia and Soffits

  • Structurally compromised surfaces

  • Cars

Both methods are used on a large scale with exceptional results, just make sure to use the correct option for the area you are cleaning!

J.K. Aidan Cleaning Services utilise both techniques to give us a wide range of options. It may even be the case that we use both together to give the best results possible. Whether it's roof cleaning, patio cleaning, driveway cleaning, fascia and soffit cleaning or the cleaning of cladding, we have as many options available to you as we can.

Based in Colchester and covering most of Essex and Suffolk, get in touch for a bespoke cleaning package that suits not only your needs but your budget too.



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