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Pressure Washing, Power Washing & Soft Washing – What are the Differences?

Power washing, pressure washing, soft washing. Which one do you need? How often do you get these three confused? Watching a pressure washing video online (no matter how satisfying) is not enough to educate yourself on these cleaning methods. It can be detrimental if you use the wrong methods to clean certain surfaces. Doing this can strip the paint off some surfaces or even cause damage.

We’ve got everything you need to know about pressure washing, power washing and soft washing. That way, you won’t have any accidents! Read below:

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing involves using powerful hoses that blasts surfaces clean with pressurised water jets to thoroughly clean a dirty surface. Fair warning: the high pressure from pressure washer jets are high enough to be dangerous and even painful. Don’t find out the hard way. For stronger surfaces when dirt or contaminants have been heavily ingrained, pressure washing will be the best method. Pressure washing is also used to prepare surfaces for coats of paint and staining.

What is Power Washing?

The main difference between power washing and pressure washing is the jet wash in power washing uses heated water. Pressure washing relies solely on the pressure. Heated water makes it easier to clean dirt and grime just like hot water makes it easier to wash dishes and clothes.

What is Soft Washing?

Soft washing uses the same machine as a pressure washer but the PSI (pressure per square inch) is adjusted to 500 PSI or less. The tip of the pressure washer is also replaced with one that widens the spray which drops the pressure.

Soft washing relies more on specialised cleaners during the process of cleaning. They combine a light pressure with cleaning product to remove any dirt, mould or algae.

Which Cleaning Method Do I Need?

To remove harsh stains from durable surfaces, pressure washing is the best method. These surfaces could be:

  • Concrete floors (like driveways and footpaths)
  • Paved patios
  • Brick
  • Stone

For even more durable surfaces, power washing should be used instead. These surfaces are usually:

  • Stone walls
  • Rough concrete
  • Commercial and industrial surfaces

Soft washing makes for the best cleaning method on softer surfaces. These could be:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Screens and windows
  • Glass
  • Cedar
  • Stucco and coquina

If you have a surface you need washed, give us a call to discuss! We’ll be able to tell you which service you need and tailor them to your situation. Give us a call on (08) 9204 3333!

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