If you have exterior surfaces at your home or business, then you’re guaranteed one thing, they are going to get dirty. And they’re going to get dirty in a way that will take more than a bit of elbow grease to fix. Whether it’s mold, mildew, sand, indiscriminate grime or just plain old dirt, the most effective way to remove it and get your buildings and outdoor areas as clean as new is to use specialized cleaning techniques. But before heading to your local home improvement store to rent a power washer, there’s a few things you should know.
The Different Kinds of Exterior Cleaning
Pressure washing, along with power washing, are the two most well-known ways of cleaning home exteriors. Power washing uses high temperatures of water to break down the accumulations of dirt. The machines used for this definitely do make use of pressure, to the extent that they can pose a danger to a user that is not familiar with the tools. Pressure washing is different from power washing in that it uses water at a normal temperature, instead relying solely on applying different levels of pressure to remove the built-up debris. The machinery used poses the same dangers as does power washing, as both release water at a 2500 psi or more. Both techniques certainly serve their purposes. There might be instances where it’s unnecessary to use heat, or heat might damage the material, just as there scenarios where it’s best to use heat and pressure, like removing mold from a hard surface, for instance.
Soft washing is a method of cleaning exterior surfaces that uses a much lower level of pressure than power or pressure washing, maxing out at 1000 psi. In order to provide the same cleaning power as the other techniques, soft washing employs eco-friendly and and environmentally safe chemicals and detergents to clean exteriors. The solutions are applied to the surfaces and left for the necessary time to fully clean the areas. They are then removed with water at the much lower pressure.
Which Technique Is Better?
The answer is both. It depends on the situation and the surface. While power washing has gotten a bit of a bad reputation as a technique that indiscriminately damages fixtures and paint, it is still the most effective means of cleaning many surfaces such as concrete. On the other hand, it’s not something you’d ever want to use on roofs or cedar. For this, soft washing is the perfect choice. By hiring a power washing professional, you’ll be assured that for each individual surface of your home and business, the best technique is expertly employed to get everything both clean and looking great!
If you are looking for a professional pressure washing service, contact Griff’s Services today.