Soft wash vs. Pressure wash: which one is better for your house?

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Human beings desire to live in a clean environment. Maybe this is one of those reasons that make Man different from other animals. No sane human can survive in a dirty place. To clean where it lives is in the very human instinct.

Why washing is necessary?

Mild cleaning of the home doesn’t only help to maintain its cleanliness and hygiene, but it also helps to keep the residents healthy. Dirty homes are a blow to the aesthetic appeal, shattering the resident’s reputation to pieces, and a welcoming abode for many disease-causing macro and microorganisms. 

Sometimes the daily cleaning routine cannot help in making the house suitable for living. For instance, warped and crusty wall paint, grease and oil-stained floors, years of piled up dirt and dust cannot be gotten rid of with mild cleaning agents and a normal cleaning with a mop or hand. To get rid of such stubborn stains, one has to hire Power washing services.

The process is not only less effort-requiring, but also not time-consuming. One can get rid of the oldest stains, and accumulated dirt with mere hot water coming out of a very thin nozzle at high pressure.

Benefits of pressure washing

  • Less effort and time saving.
  • Can be used to clean a variety of places, like bathrooms, kitchens, garages, pools, walls, sidewalks, patios, driveways, and floors of many types.
  • Increases the house’s value and helps to attract more buyers.
  • Makes a house germs-free, and hygienic. Especially if you have purchased a house, which has housed another family before you.
  • Enhances the aesthetic appeal of a house.
  • It inexpensive than soft washing.
  • By using this cleaning technique one can help save water, as it makes use of a very little amount of water compared to the conventional cleaning with a water hose.

Why to prefer soft washing over pressure washing?

Pressure washing, unlike soft pressure washing, makes use of hot water to clean surfaces that are hard to, but this way of washing has a drawback to it. Water at high pressure and temperature can damage fragile surfaces or the ones that can’t endure high pressure.

For this reason, soft washing has been introduced to help make window cleaning and roof cleaning convenient, with water being blasted at a pressure lower or a little higher than 500 PSI. Soft washing makes the cleaning process effective by making use of cleaning agents or soaps. We have a detailed discussion to help you choose between the two ways of cleaning.

Where to use pressure wash?

1. Garages, patios, sidewalks

The floor of these places is usually made of concrete, ceramic tiles, or wooden planks (in the case of patios). Power washes these regions to get rid of the most stubborn oil stains.

2. Exterior walls

Years of dirt compiled on external walls (made up of concrete) can only be easily cleaned with water blasted at high pressure. The cleaning must only be done by the right professionals. This is because amateur handling of power wash machines can destroy your roof eaves, and cause water to enter inner roof structures – the roof deck, underlayment, etc.

While power washing walls, make sure you don’t blast water on electric meters and other fixtures. Or else, you will destroy the electrical system of your house.

3. Remove molds

This technique of cleaning makes use of water only and can help get rid of any fungal species grown on your walls and floorings. The high temperature of the water will make the process easier, and even more convenient.

4. To clear a wall for painting

Old paint tends to get crusty, making it difficult for the new coat to be applied. Removing crusty paint with sandpaper or other tools can be very difficult.

Therefore, professionals have come with an easier trick of power washing the wall to clear the surface for a new fresh coat of paint.

Where to use soft wash?

1. For window cleaning

Window screens are very fragile and likely to get damaged if exposed to pressure of any kind. Therefore, cleaning the pile of dirt accumulated and hardened by rainwater on the window can only be removed with soft washing.

Not only this amount of dirt cannot be cleaned by a mere cloth, but also most houses have a considerable number of windows of huge sizes. Sometimes even doors are made of glass. So, soft wash can help clean the windows and glass doors effectively in less time. 

2. Sidings

New houses are protected with a layer of siding made of vinyl, wood, or metal. Power washing the house siding can have huge detrimental impacts on it.

Therefore, these should only be cleaned with a mild soap or cleaning liquid, and water at a low pressure should be used to get rid of the cleaning agent combined with the dirt particles.

3. Dirty furniture

Outdoor furniture, being exposed to the external environment tends to get dirtier than the ones placed inside. Intense cleaning by using a cleaning agent and water at a pressure somewhere between 300 to 500 PSI can help restore them to their original form.

4. Roof cleaning

Roofs tend to be rough and tough to protect us from the furies of nature and harsh weather. But these aren’t strong enough to withstand the hot water blasted at high pressure and can get seriously damaged.

High-pressure water can even knock off a shingle, allowing water to enter your roof’s underlayment and ultimately to the roof deck and attic area. To prevent any such mishap, it is imperative to opt for a soft wash and allow the underlying cleaner layer of the roof to be exposed.


It can be concluded from the discussion above that a combination of both washing techniques can help clean a house to the extent that it looks new to the eyes. So, choose wisely for cleaning your various house parts, by merely switching between the widest and narrowest nozzles of the pressure washing machine.