March 12, 2022
What Is Soft Washing?
spanish tile roof with algae and debris

What Is Soft Washing?


When we recommend soft washing, most of our customers have one question: what’s that? Most assume that we can pressure wash the roof along with the rest of the house. So why do you need a soft wash when you could just pressure wash the whole thing? In reality, soft washing is the best and safest way to clean your roof. Our regular pressure washing machines are too powerful for roofing materials, but a quick rinse isn’t enough to get all the mold, mildew, pollen, and dirt off your roof. That’s where a soft wash comes in.


Soft Wash vs. Pressure Wash


So what’s the difference other than the amount of pressure? Is that the only difference? Absolutely not! Power washing relies on a high-PSI machine to blast water deep into a material’s surface, removing particles by force. This method is great for fences, siding, concrete, and even a fleet of trucks. However, a power washer means disaster for more sensitive areas like your roof. Water can damage or tear off shingles or tiles and make its way into the structure of your home, resulting in mold or mildew growth.

Soft washing succeeds where pressure washing fails. The lack of pressure, combined with heat and commercial cleaning solutions, gently wash away dirt and grime from your roof. The heat and cleaners remove and kill traces of mold, mildew, and bacteria, so they don’t have a chance to enter your home.


What Are the Benefits?


There’s a good reason we recommend soft washing to every customer: because it works, and well! The first thing you’ll notice is the color of your roof. If you’ve never washed it before, you might have never even seen its actual color! The process can make your roof look like new, but soft washing has other benefits besides just the immediate difference in appearance.

Increases Longevity

Most homeowners see their home as an investment. They know that you only get out what you put in. The key to preserving your home is maintaining it inside and out. A clean roof lasts longer! Dirt, twigs, and grime can make their way into your shingles or Spanish tile, crumbling them from within.

Prevents Mold

Since soft wash kills and removes mold, you get the benefits of breathing cleaner air and keeping mold out of your home. Once mold finds a chance to spread through the roof, it can quickly take over your home and involve costly remediation. Soft washing cleaners kill mold, preventing it from returning or entering your home.

Reduces Health Risks

Mold and bacteria thrive on a dirty roof, but they’re not only disgusting; they’re also a health risk. Mold releases spores that can cause everything from skin rashes to respiratory issues. You could end up tracking mold or bacteria into your home, compromising the air quality and the health of your family.

Less Expensive than Other Maintenance

What sounds easier: periodic maintenance or a full-blown roof replacement? Since you can hire professionals for soft washing, you get out of doing hard work while preventing future maintenance. However, if left on its own, a dirty and grimy roof can start to deteriorate and fall apart. Before you know it, you’re stuck with expensive repairs that you could have prevented.

Increases Curb Appeal

Even in a seller’s market, you want to increase the appeal as much as you can to attract buyers. They’re often looking for the complete package, including a clean and unstained exterior. Your roof will stick out like a sore thumb if dirt and grime are left untreated, and it’s one step that could go far in improving the value of your home.


Should I Hire a Professional?


The lack of a high-PSI machine might make soft washing an appealing DIY project, but it’s still one thing that’s better left to the experts. First of all, professionals are extensively trained on soft wash machines, giving them the expertise to operate them correctly. While lower pressure than a pressure washer, a soft wash system still uses a small amount of pressure. Technicians know what pressure to use for different materials and situations and can adjust accordingly, reducing the risk of damage. The pros also use biodegradable commercial cleaners to minimize the impact on the environment. They’ll take your landscaping and plants into account and ensure they’re protected before starting the wash. Although mild, cleaners can still harm your plants, and the pros know what areas need to be protected.

Do you want to know how you could benefit from professional soft washing? Want to know more about our other pressure washing services for your home or business? Then contact the trusted team at Sparkleen Pressure Washing! We can combine our soft and pressure washing services to make your home look great and stay in amazing shape. Sparkleen technicians provide precise and effective service tailored to you and your individual needs.

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Published: March 12, 2022
Author: Sparkleen Pressure Washing
Categories: Uncategorized