Protect Your Property From High Pressure — 5 Squeaky Clean Benefits Of Exterior Soft Washing

Carl Rivera
4 min readJan 7, 2022

The world is a messy place, and no matter how careful you are, your house, porch, driveway, and other exterior areas tend to build up a layer of grossness.

For some that might be mildew and mold, and for others it could be rust, dirt stains, or algae.

Some lucky few might even have all of those problems slowly growing in their driveways, or on their walls.

Your first instinct might be to reach for the pressure washer — but hold off for a minute because there’s a good chance you might do more harm than good.

Pressure washers are great for removing things, but sometimes they’re not quite enough, and sometimes they’re far too much — and you might lose a layer of paint, or worse.

There’s a better option, that’s not only going to do a better job at cleaning up your problem, but it will also prevent any property damage — because it’s much gentler.

Here are 5 reasons you might want to consider getting a soft wash instead of stripping off the paint with your pressure washer.

  1. It’s Gentle

You may have gotten this idea already since I keep mentioning it, and since it’s even in the name “soft wash,” but I really can’t stress it enough.

There’s a terrible feeling you get when you’re trying to give something a quick clean, and you end up causing enough damage that you need to replace it entirely — and that feeling frequently goes hand in hand with high-pressure washing.

It’s not just your paint that you need to be concerned about either, high pressure can damage vinyl siding, etch wood, and even leave permanent marks in concrete.

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2. Deep Clean

When you blast algae, mold, or mildew off your property with a pressure washer, it’s mostly gone, but not 100%.

That means it’s already got a foothold, and by the next day, it’s already slowly starting to regrow and trying to take over.

A soft wash doesn’t just blast it off the surface — it kills the offending growth so your walls or what-have-you will stay clean of discoloration for significantly longer.

3. Eco-Friendly

You might think that using nothing but water in a pressure washer is the eco-friendly option, but it’s the other way around.

Water is a precious resource, and high-pressure washing uses a lot of it.

Soft washing uses far less water, and the cleaning agents are biodegradable and safe for the environment, which won’t even hurt your grass or plants.

4. Safety Matters

When you blast all the gross things off your driveway, dumpster pad, walls, or wherever, with a pressure washer, you’re just releasing them into the air.

They also continue to live in the little bits that get left behind, and that can be dangerous, especially with problems like mildew.

Mildew has a tendency to slowly expand, and if you don’t kill it at its root, it can make its way inside your home, where it can become a serious hazard.

5. All-In-One

Without needing to set up huge amounts of equipment, a soft wash technician can clean your entire exterior, from your roof down to your driveway.

If you want to make your house look squeaky clean, it’s the fastest and most efficient way to manage the entire project all at once.

Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger

High-pressure washing is a thing of the past, and one we would do well to stop using.

You probably don’t clean your dishes, your kitchen table, your floors, or yourself, by just blasting some water at them and calling it a day — especially if that water is at a high enough pressure to cause damage.

The same rule should be followed for all our exterior cleaning, because while the exteriors of our homes may be tougher than our dishes, they’ll last a lot longer if we take care of them properly.

Next time you need to have your driveway cleaned, or you notice some mildew creeping up a wall, do yourself and your exterior a favor and get a soft wash.

Not only will they do a better job than a pressure washer, but you’ll be helping out the environment and saving yourself from having to do some surprise repairs.

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Carl Rivera

“Everything you don’t know is something you can learn.”