Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

What is the difference between soft washing and pressure washing?

It’s simple to nail down the difference between the two exterior cleaning methods.

  • Pressure washing is the use of high-pressure water spray on a surface to remove mold, mildew, dirt, grime, mud and more.
  • Soft washing is a low-pressure cleaning process with the use of chemicals on a surface to remove and break down lichen, mold, algae, bacteria, moss, dirt and more.

Soft washing is an alternative cleaning process for delicate surfaces such as roofs or vinyl siding. Allbrite’s team is trained in both pressure washing and soft washing methods to deliver you professional and knowledgeable service. To learn about the benefits of an Allbrite soft wash cleaning, click here. 

Benefits of Allbrite’s House Washing

When hiring a contractor it’s important to always get 3 standard estimates. Then compare each company and what they have to offer in order to make an informed decision based on your budget and needs as a consumer. 

When comparing Allbrite’s house washing service to other contractors in Maryland remember that our house wash includes the brightening of gutters and the cleaning of the downspouts, the soffits, siding, flashing, windows (rinsed), and shutters if present. 

Yes, you read that right — Gutter Brightening is included in our house wash!


 

We have a saying at Allbrite – think of your home as a face. The windows are the eyes and the gutters are the teeth. We aren’t going to wash the face of your home without brushing the teeth of it as well. 

With each house washing service, we hand scrub every gutter to remove the oxidation staining which removes the black streaky lines and faded coloring. 

There’s a difference between cleaning gutters and brightening gutters. We can clean your gutters the same way we will clean your siding (this will remove the mold, mildew and algae that’s on the face of the gutters) but that will not remove the black streaks.

Removing the black streaks is a separate process and requires more detail but it’s always included in our house washing service.

If you have any questions about our House Wash, check out our FAQ House Washing  page.

Benefits of our Roof Treatment

Our roof treatment ensures the black stains, moss and lichen are eradicated from your roof. We are so sure of our process we back it with 5-Year Spot Free Warranty!

Our safe and effective roof cleaning treatment is a soft wash method and has been proven to extend the longevity of your roof without any damaging pressure.

There are many benefits of our soft wash roof treatment. Not only is it manufacturer recommended, but the value it provides to your home and family is immeasurable:

    1. You extend the longevity of your roof because you are preventing future leaks, which are a costly repair.
    2. Those black streaks, green moss cakes, and white lichen dots are actually bacteria infestations. A neglected roof can lead to these infestations seeping into your attic. This degrades the air quality in your home. That’s right, you could be BREATHING in these infestations.
    3. Our simple and affordable roof treatment provides value without breaking the bank. Selling your home? Get your house ready for picture day with a brand new looking roof! Take pride in the appearance of your home? Our roof treatment is the perfect way to add curb appeal!

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FAQ – House Washing

When do I need to get my house washed? When the siding of your home is green. Our house wash cleaning service eradicates those infestations also known as mold, mildew, and algae. It’s like giving your house a bath.

Below are frequently asked questions about our house washing service. If you have a question that is not answered below, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to help.

    • Why is the green mold and algae worse on one side of my home?
      • The northern side has the least exposure to the sun and stays wet the longest. Algae, mold and mildew thrive in wet areas.

       

    • How often do I need to get my house cleaned?
      • Every house is different due to the many factors involved. As noted above, the northern side will get dirtier the fastest. If your home is surrounded by a lot of trees and landscape, it will get dirty faster. Our general rule is anywhere between 18 months – 3 years.

 

    • How much pressure are you using on the siding?
      • Our process allows us to use minimal pressure in comparison to using just high pressure alone. We vary our pressure tips according to the growth of algae, age of siding, etc. so it’s hard to say what exact pressure is being used as each property is different.

 

    • How can you reach the peak without putting a ladder on the siding?
      • We can reach about five stories without needing an extension ladder.

 

    • Is it safe for plants?
      • We water all plants prior to applying soap, after applying soap and do a final wash with a neutralizer for safe measures. The concentration level of the soap for house cleaning is minimal.

 

 

 

FAQ – Roof Cleaning

Roof cleaning has made it to the home maintenance list and it has become a necessity. Below are some frequently asked questions, if you have a question that is not answered please do not hesitate to reach out as we are happy to answer any questions you may have!

Our roof cleaning is done by using manufacturer’s recommendations only.

  • Will my roof leak?
    • We use a soft wash method that has been proven to clean and extend the longevity of your roof without damaging pressure. Our method will not make your roof leak. Your roof will only leak if there are pre-existing cracks or leaks in your roofing system.

 

  • Are my plants and landscaping safe?
    • We take proper precautions after our technicians run a property protection plan to keep all plants and landscaping safe. We keep plants wet before, during and after the treatment application. We also apply a plant fortifier at the end of the treatment.

 

  • Why are there still spots on my roof?
    • The areas of moss and lichen that are still left behind have a root system that has embedded itself into the shingle. The roof cleaning treatment will slowly break down the root system and deteriorate. All roof cleanings include a free 30-day follow-up.

 

  • How much pressure are you using on my roof?
    • Our roof cleaning pumps do not exceed 100psi.

 

  • Do you get on the roof?
    • In some cases, yes. If the roof is above a 4/12 pitch, we treat from the top of a ladder rather than getting on the roof.

     

  • How long does it last for?
    • We warranty our roof cleanings for 5 years.

 

What are the benefits of our roof cleaning treatment? Click Here for more information!