How does soft washing work? Soft washing is a cleaning technique that involves low-pressure washing and may also include the use of cleaning surfactants or chemicals. Though there are specific soft wash pumps and machines available, the technique can still be employed using a regular pressure washer. Adjusting the PSI of a pressure washer to around 500 PSI or less allows for an effective, yet gentle soft wash.
Read on to learn more about the benefits of soft washing.
How does soft washing work versus pressure washing?
Soft washing is ideal for cleaning surfaces that are not concrete or stone and may be damaged by or not compatible with high-pressure washing, such as:
- Wooden decks
While effective, pressure washing can be very damaging to these surfaces and may even push contaminants further into crevices. Additionally, soft cleaning is ideal for the elimination of:
This type of cleaning technique will effectively kill all of the organisms listed above from the root without damaging the surface.
For example, algae is a common occurrence on roofs and may leave noticeable black lines on your shingles. As the algae grow, it feeds off the moisture that shingles may collect, resulting in improper UV ray reflection and potentially serious damage to the roof and shingles.
What Chemicals Are Used for the Technique?
- Water – Almost always used to dilute a cleaning chemical.
- Bleach – This is a common chemical used when attempting to eliminate mold, mildew, and bacteria. It will prevent further damage by killing the root systems and preventing them from growing back.
- Surfactants – These chemicals are commonly utilized to clean off stubborn dirt and grime. They work by getting between the surface and contaminants, bonding to the contaminants, and lifting the substance from the surface. This results in the complete loosening of the unwanted material from the surface, allowing it to easily be washed away.
Interested in Industrial Chemicals for Soft Washing?
Tidal Washers provides many industrial-strength products for various cleaning applications. Our high-quality products will ensure a cost-effective, reliable cleaning solution, whether it’s for your roof, truck, or deck. If you need help finding the best chemical product for your cleaning needs, then please reach out to our expert team for assistance!