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Undeniable Benefits of Soft Washing Your Home

By Tyler Kirk | Softwashing

If you want your home to look its best, you have to start with its exterior.

The outside walls of your home are the first thing that guests, potential buyers, and you see when walking up the sidewalk or parking in the driveway. That’s why it’s important to keep it clean and looking fresh, regardless of if it’s for resale value, for your own personal enjoyment, or, most importantly, to maintain the integrity of your home and extend the life of the exterior.

But, not all exteriors can withstand the higher PSI of pressure washing without being damaged. That’s where soft washing comes in. Read our article below to get answers about soft washing and how it can benefit your home.

What Is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is a cleaning method that involves a lower stream of pressurized water. In some cases, a special cleaning solution is added to the water to better clean the exterior of your home. This process removes bacteria, algae, and other organic material on your home's exterior and roof.

Soft Washing

Pressure Washing

500 PSI or less 500-3100+ PSI
Ideal for:

  • Roofs
  • Glass
  • Patio furniture
  • Stucco or coquina exteriors
  • Wood siding
Ideal for:

  • Decks (pressurized wood)
  • Concrete walkways
  • Metal & Vinyl Siding
  • Pavement
  • Wood clapboard


This process is an effective and efficient way to clean the exterior surface of your home. There are several benefits of soft washing as it keeps residents healthy, can save the roof and other fixtures from getting damaged, and can save you thousands of dollars in repairs.

1. Keeps Your Home Looking Great

Several months of rough weather can make any home start to look shabby. Dirt will start to collect and soon plant matter will take over. Your house will start getting blotches, stains, and streaks on the sliding, roofs, sidewalks, and driveway.

You need to properly maintain the outside of your home to keep its features and fixtures looking their best, not to mention increase its value. Regularly cleaning your home with soft washing will help maintain your home’s appearance and lengthen the life of your exterior walls

2. Keeps Your Family Healthy

The grime that builds up on the exterior of your home can have bigger consequences than just aesthetics. This can lead to bacteria growth, which can make its way inside your home. If this happens, it can cause a whole slew of respiratory issues and allergic reactions for you and your family.

The second you see any signs of bacteria growing on the outside of your home, you should start cleaning it off. When you soft wash your home, you're not only reducing the presence of grime, you are also killing these organisms at their roots. By doing so, you are eliminating exposure and allowing you and your family to stay healthy.

3. Increases the Longevity of Your Home

Built-up grime doesn't only carry real risks to your family, it also can cause expensive and extensive damage to your home's exterior. Damage like lichen, fungi, and algae on your roof's singles will shorten the lifespan of your roof. If you regularly maintain your roof by soft washing it, then you are avoiding damage and your roof will stay healthy and strong.

Additionally, if your roof is dirty, it will attract more sunlight because it's a darker color than a clean roof. The sun will not only make your house warmer, but it will also prematurely age your house. This also applies to the sliding of your home. The algae, bacteria, and moss can lead to the deterioration of your home, decreasing your home's longevity.

4. Keeps Away Pests

When you soft wash your house, you're not just removing algae, grime, dirt, and lichen from your home’s exterior. You’re also discouraging wildlife and pests from viewing your home as theirs. Think of it as a very clean “No Vacancy” sign.

When the exterior of your home is clean and bright, wildlife sees it as a less attractive place to build nests, roost, or explore. Insects are less likely to be an issue and birds aren’t as likely to make a mess on a structure that looks drastically different from their natural environment. Soft washing is a great way to keep your home free of unwanted wildlife.

5. Saves You Money

When proper maintenance and upkeep isn’t done on a roof, it will shorten its lifespan. Roofs are an investment that typically costs thousands of dollars in maintenance. This means that in the event of damage, it can be a very expensive and very necessary home repair. Soft washing your roof can help reduce the need for that prematurely.

Soft washing removes the damaging debris and build-up that will shorten the lifespan of your roof, and unlike pressure washing, there isn’t a danger of voiding your roof warranty. Soft washing doesn’t damage the shingles, but it does reduce the need for insurance claims or paying out of pocket. In addition to soft washing, gutter cleaning is another way to reduce the risk of roof repairs or replacement.

6. Energy Savings

Your dirty, dark, stained roof isn't just an eyesore, it's also causing your electric bill to skyrocket during the summer. Dirty roofs are darker in color, which attract more sun as compared to a clean roof. When your roof attracts a lot of sunlight, this will add a lot of heat to your attic, making your home warmer and your electricity bill higher from blasting the A/C.

A soft-washed roof, on the other hand, reduces your cooling costs during those hot summer months and saves you energy. This can significantly offset the price of soft washing and the water and power usage it takes to have it done.

7. Eco-Friendly

In addition to saving you money on electricity, soft washing is also eco-friendly. This is because soft washing uses a biodegradable solution that destroys organisms at their root. Other methods of cleaning the exterior of your home can use harsher chemicals that can destroy the grass and or plants around your house.

This way, you can avoid damages caused by scraping, chemicals, brushing, or high PSI pressure washing to get all of these benefits we just listed. Soft washing is eco-friendly and uses water pressure similar to a common hose, so your home and environment are kept safe.

Try Soft Washing Today

Now that you know the many benefits of soft washing, get in touch with us so that we can give you our free, no-obligation quote on getting your home clean. You can also contact your local Labor Panes location by putting in your zip code here, or email us at

Soft washing not only keeps your home looking beautiful, but it also increases your roof and house's lifespan, saves energy, and is eco-friendly. Most importantly, soft washing kills harmful bacteria, keeping you and your family happy and healthy.

Don't wait! Get your home soft-washed today and save on money from repairs in the future.

For more resources on how to keep your home in tip-top shape (for cheap!), check out this guide.

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