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Choosing Between Pressure and Soft Washing: Which Is More Beneficial for Your Home?

When was the last time you cleaned the exterior of your home? Over time, moss, dirt, and other debris may build up on the siding, roofing, and other exterior elements of your home. When looking for cleaning services, you may have heard of pressure and softwashing. Most homeowners may not know which to choose. At Mallard Systems, we understand preserving the safety of your exterior is as important as cleaning it.

What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure cleaning removes hard-to-clean stains, mold, and dirt from roofing and exteriors. We pressurize the water through a pump to penetrate any buildup. One of the main benefits of pressure washing is that the force of the water allows us to use fewer chemicals. Pressurized water can also remove dirt from harder-to-clean surfaces like concrete.

We use proper techniques to ensure pressure washing causes no damage to surfaces. Some surfaces that require and benefit from pressure washing include:

  • Concrete
  • Boat hulls
  • Brick

You can also use pressure washing to remove hard substances, such as gum.

What Is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is similar to pressure cleaning. It uses slight pressurization and requires a higher volume of water through the hose. When soft washing, we use more chemicals to loosen the dirt. Soft washing does have a lower chance of causing damage to the exterior materials. We recommend less pressure on the following materials:

  • Wood fencing
  • Stucco
  • Wood decking
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood siding
  • Cedar shake
  • Painted wood

If you have a lot of plant life, you may want to consider pressure cleaning over soft washing. Since soft washing uses more chemicals, it may impact your lawn or landscaping.

At Mallard Systems, we understand the importance of a clean exterior to your home. We can help you determine whether soft or pressure washing is suitable for your home. Contact us today for more information on our cleaning techniques.