Most homeowners are already well aware of just how important it is to keep their home's surfaces clean. From patios to roofs to siding to picnic tables, your exterior surfaces see a lot of punishment every year and cleaning them will help them look their best.
But what many may not know is that there are two different types of pressure washing that the pros use today. Each has its pros and cons, and each is more suited to a different situation. With that in mind, taking a closer look at them will help you determine which is the best choice for your needs.
Traditional Pressure Washing
When most people think of pressure washing, this is what they think of. The traditional method uses high-pressure hoses to blast away difficult to remove dirt, grime, mold, moss, organisms, and even old paint or stain. It may incorporate chemical detergents as well, but at its core, the main focus is on using high pressure to get the job done.
Soft Wash Pressure Washing
Soft washing refers to a type of pressure washing that is gaining popularity. In it, a special nozzle is used that delivers much lower levels of water pressure to the surface. Instead of high pressure, detergents and cleaning agents are used to help kill organisms and remove stains. Then, the lower pressure washes away the residues.
Which Is Right For You?
Each type of pressure wash is good for different scenarios. In general, soft washes are best for areas that are sensitive to potential damage such as roofs, windows, and even decks or siding wherein the homeowner wants the stain or paint to remain in place.
Traditional pressure washing is better in situations where damage to surfaces will be minimal or nonexistent, especially when handled by a professional. Siding, stripping stain or paint from a deck for refinishing, and other similar applications are the best choices for this type of wash.
The best way to determine which is right for your needs is to speak to an expert and talk to them about what you need. DIY pressure washing could lead to serious damage on your property, and may not even provide the best results. As such, trusting in the pros is a good way to solve the problem, get your home cleaned properly, and ensure that the right method of cleaning is used.