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.
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.
Here’s a project we had in Ellicott City, Maryland doing a roof to road package. Roof to road means getting the whole exterior of your property cleaned up from all the nasty green, all the algae on all surfaces. We finished soft washing the roof and soft washing the patios prior to cleaning the fence.
This particular property had a huge wooden fence that goes all the way around the property. This fence hasn’t been stained or cleaned in at least 15 years. So naturally it looked old, gray and very much fainted. We are prepping the fence to be stained once everything is dry. We call this a restoration project! We plan to put a nice semi transparent, natural tone on the fence.
We get asked all the time – are you going to soft wash or pressure wash my fence? Well, it all depends on the outcome of the project. For instance, we will be sealing this fence so we will be pressure washing it to remove all of the organic growth, oxidation and bacteria. Ensuring the surface is cleaned and free of growth is important because it ensures the stain adhering properly to the surface, which in return helps your fence last longer. If we were to soft wash this fence we would have to use more soap, which equates to more chemicals, and could really dry out this wood. We don’t usually soft wash wood in general, however, it is an application method that can be used.
The process we are taking today is a three step process. 1. Apply soap, 2. Go over with a mild pressure and rinse everything, 3. Come back and apply a brightener, that brightener is going to bring the pH level of the wood back to 7 so it’s susceptible to take stain that way we know everything is prepared properly for when we come back to do the staining. It’s also going to brighten the wood. If you see now it’s old, gray and very faded. We are going to brighten this fence up.
If you have an outdoor space that could use some cleaning, give us a call to discuss your project. Our family is here to help!
Summer is right around the corner & it’s the perfect time to spruce up your outdoor oasis ?
Below are before and after photos of pool concrete cleaning, concrete wall cleaning, and outdoor furniture cleaning. Let the professionals handle the pesky tasks so you can spend more time with your family enjoying your outdoor space!
Back to school is around the corner. Last week we had the pleasure of getting McDaniel College clean for the fall semester by pressure washing and soft washing various buildings around campus.
It was a nice change of pace having our whole team on one job. Tackling the mold & mildew together, one wash at a time, was rewarding and enjoyable. The beautiful historic campus located at the Hill, LIFTed our spirits when the ugly stains were gone and the buildings were shining.
Check out some photos below and our YouTube videos from the McDaniel project!
This April, we had the pleasure of cleaning many different surfaces at Westminster’s Island Green Family Fun Center. We had our whole crew on deck to pressure wash & soft wash all the concrete, the club house, awning over tee boxes and much more at Island Green Family Fun Center. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this driving range and mini golf course, I highly recommend you do!