Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing
Find out how which method of exterior cleaning works best and why.
In this article we look at the differences between these two exterior cleaning methods and explain a few points that will help you decide which is best for you.
When it comes to cleaning exterior surfaces most people typically turn to pressure washing to get the job done. This is understandable, as it can produce excellent visible results but unfortunately it doesn’t last long, makes lots of mess and could be causing irreversible damage to your property.
The Science Behind Your Dirt & Grime
Most of the dirt, grime and discolouration on exterior surfaces such as patios or driveways is actually living organic growth or carbon. Blasting this type of dirt using pressure washing methods will only visibly reduce its appearance, giving impressive immediate results, but unfortunately, it will soon return.
This means you will have to repeat the process regularly to keep your surface looking good. In addition, each time you do this you are putting your exterior surfaces under stress and potentially damaging them. You are effectively exposing your surfaces to extreme weathering conditions in a short amount of time, reducing the lifespan of your outdoor space.
How Soft Washing Works
Firstly, Soft Wash treatments treat the root cause of the dirt and grime by treating the growths and eliminating spores trying to germinate or breed. You are not only cleaning your surface but sanitising it too, meaning your surfaces will stay cleaner for much longer. You therefore won’t have to repeat the process anywhere near as much pressure washing. Expect Soft Wash treatments to last up to 5 times longer, on average, subject to weather conditions and position of your property.
Secondly, there is no need to apply the cleaning solution under pressure. This means you are not exposing your surface to brute force methods to remove the dirt and grime, reducing any risk of damage.
Soft washing is therefore a safe and very effective low pressure cleaning method. It is the fastest and most effective hard surface cleaning method in the UK, producing excellent, long lasting results.
Soft Washing is also great for delicate exterior surfaces such as roof tiles, ornamental stone and even decking and metal garden furniture.
Using an Exterior Cleaning Solution such as Monty Cleaner is environmentally friendly as it completely neutralises after 10 minutes and breaks down rapidly on contact with soil to give it a very low environmental footprint. This means once broken down after 10 minutes, it is safe to plants, grass and wildlife and harmless to children and pets.
Additional Benefits Of Soft Washing
Here’s a quick summary of the benefits of using a Soft Washing method over pressure or power washing:
- Cleans better, lasts longer.
- Safe, Damage-free cleaning.
- Destroys the underlying cause of dirt and discolouration.
- Safe for the most delicate of exterior surfaces.
- Restores a good degree of lost colour in brick & Natural Stone.
- Much less mess.
- Much less noise.
- Uses much less water.