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Four Reasons to Soft Wash Your Home

By Tyler Kirk | Softwashing
Updated on: 04/29/2022

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. Given how important first impressions are, you want to keep it looking nice. But, not all exteriors can withstand the pressure or heat of other methods without being damaged. That’s where soft washing comes in.

What Is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is a cleaning method that involves a lower stream of pressurized water. Often, a special cleaning solution is added to the water to better clean the exterior of your property. This process removes bacteria, algae, and other organic material on your siding, roof, and walkways. There are numerous benefits to maintaining the exterior of your home with soft washing. Keep reading to learn more about them.

The Benefits of Soft Washing

There are numerous benefits of soft washing rather than pressure or power washing. Ultimately, it all depends on your priorities and the needs of your property. Here are the top four reasons to consider professional soft washing services.

1. Reduces the Risk of Siding Damage

Unlike pressure or power washing, one of the benefits of soft washing is that it doesn’t damage more fragile exterior surfaces. Certain surfaces are more vulnerable to extreme heat and higher pressures, which makes it easy to cause damage with scrapers or a higher PSI.

2. Increases the Longevity of Your Roof

Damage like lichen, fungi, and algae on your roof's shingles will shorten the lifespan of your roof. Regular soft washing will help eliminate buildup and even prevent moss from growing on your roof.

Lush, green landscape with numerous plant species, rocks, and blue sky.3. Reduces the Risk of Damage to Landscaping

If the PSI from a pressure washer is so high that it can cut and bruise homeowners who use it, it can do a lot of costly damage to landscaping. Homeowners and business owners invest a lot of time, money, and care into creating the perfect outdoor oasis—or welcoming storefront—and all of that can be undone with improper cleaning methods or unprofessional service.

4. Eco-Friendly

Soft Washing can be 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 sometimes use harsh chemicals that can destroy the plants around your property.

Additionally, an eco-friendly solution allows professionals to avoid causing damage by scraping, chemicals, brushing, or high water pressures.

Average Cost of Soft Washing

Certain exteriors require a softer touch (hence “soft wash”) and do tend to take longer. Because of this, soft washing can sometimes cost more than the average cost of pressure washing a home. Depending on the property, homeowners and property owners should expect to pay between $300 to $1,000 for professional soft washing services.

Reputable professional cleaning services will offer a no-obligation quote so that you can make an informed decision. Be sure to ask about that, and these other important questions, when shopping for an exterior cleaning service.

Is Soft Washing Worth It?

Because soft washing can sometimes be more expensive, many property owners second guess the necessity of it or the benefits of soft washing instead of other cleaning methods. But, the truth is that it’s the safest way to ensure that your more fragile surfaces don’t become damaged. Professional companies, like Labor Panes, won’t use improper methods and will minimize the risk of damage to your property.

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 for our pressure washing services. You can also contact your local Labor Panes location by putting in your zip code here, or email us at info@laborpanes.com.

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions about soft washing

Curious? Other customers were too. Here are our most commonly asked questions about the benefits of soft washing.

Are soft washes worth it?

When it comes to more delicate, fragile surfaces, it’s the only way to effectively clean without causing damage. To save on costly replacements and repairs later, soft washes are worth the cost.

Is soft wash more expensive?

It really depends on the property, but typically yes. That’s because it requires more work and special, eco-friendly cleaning solutions to get surfaces clean. But, it’s still a cost-effective solution as you can go longer between washes (with general upkeep) and it doesn’t cause expensive damage.

Is soft washing better than pressure washing?

Generally, yes. Cleaning solutions are more effective than pressurized washers at removing debris, and it’s safe for all surfaces. Power and pressure washing, on the other hand, isn’t. While soft washing isn’t always necessary, it’s always an option.

Should you soft wash your roof?

Absolutely. Moss can grow on your roof, along with algae, and debris has a tendency to accumulate. It’s a good idea to keep your roof clear of these things, but it’s also wise to routinely have it cleaned as a preventative measure against any future growth—which, when left unchecked, can be a very expensive repair.

When should you soft wash?

This, too, really depends on the property. For areas that have a tendency to accumulate a lot of dirt, such as high traffic roads or deep in a wooded area, it may be necessary to have it done bi-annually or annually. But, for property owners that are able to do minimal upkeep throughout the year, it may be something that can be done every other year.

What time of the year should you soft wash your home?

We recommend that you have your home soft washed between early spring and late fall. If the temperatures have fallen below freezing and your home isn’t in urgent need of a soft wash, we typically recommend waiting for warmer months.

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