Cleaning your property’s exterior, driveway and sidewalks helps maintain their appearance and can even yield health benefits for those allergic to mold, mildew and other contaminants. Exterior dirt-removal often requires professional services. Before you hire a crew, it’s important to understand the differences between common exterior cleaning methods.

Power Washing vs. Pressure Washing

In many cases, power washing and pressure washing are interchangeable terms for the same process. As time passes, your property will accrue dirt, mold, mildew and other particles that are hard to remove by hand. Both processes remove buildup from surfaces by blasting highly pressurized water through a machine-powered hose. Power and pressure washers are most effective at a short range, so you’ll need a ladder to effectively remove grime from high surfaces. 

The differences between pressure washing and power washing are minimal. In fact, it’s common to consider them to be the same. Some will differentiate between the two by saying power washers use heated water, whereas pressure washers do not. Hot water helps break up and remove residue more effectively. But at high pressures, the difference is slim, so we consider them one and the same.

We do NOT recommend Pressure washing your home. Done by someone unprofressional you run the risk of causing more damage than good. These techniques might seem like they remove dirt, but they don’t truly clean surfaces. That’s where soft washing comes in. 

What About Soft Washing?

Even at high pressures, water cannot completely clean a surface on its own. Consider other washing techniques you use every day. Would you clean your clothes with water alone? How about your dishes or your car? Of course, the answer to these questions is no, so the same applies to your property’s exterior. 

Soft washing is a highly effective alternative to pressure washing that uses low pressure, high-volume rinsing in conjunction with soaps that attack and kill the active growths, keeping your property clean for a longer time. With low-pressure washing, you can safely clean fragile siding and window seals without causing unwanted damage. Soft washers can spray 30-40 feet from the ground, so you can leave the ladder in the garage for buildings three stories or fewer. 

When Should I Soft Wash Instead of Pressure Wash?

When it comes to cleaning your roof, siding or windows, soft washing always beats pressure washing. Exterior surfaces and seals are delicate and can crack or break due to pressurized water.

Soft washing cleans surfaces at low pressures without risking damage. Because it involves the use of soaps and other chemical solutions, soft washing is more effective and long-lasting, too. To eliminate heavy grime and prevent future growth on high and hard-to-reach surfaces around your property, soft washing is always the best choice. 

Call My Guy for Exterior Cleaning Services in Indianapolis

Tired of dirt and grime building up on your siding, roof, driveway or other surfaces? Hire a cleaning crew you can trust. To learn more about soft washing or request a free quote, contact My Guy today!