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Power Wash Vs. Soft Wash: What’s the Difference?

There are many terms being thrown around these days in the world of home improvements. Sometimes the buzzwords in a given industry can make you feel like people are speaking a different language!


This is especially true in the world of exterior house cleaning. For years you got used to hearing people say, “I’m getting my house power washed!” or “Hey, you really should think about pressure washing that siding!” Now, a new word has entered the market place…..Soft Wash.


In truth, soft washing has been a part of the industry for a while now. So, what does it mean? And is there a difference between that and power washing?


If you ask 10 different people in the industry you are likely to get 10 different answers. Here is my attempt to clear up the confusion for you:


Power washing is the industry that covers all types of exterior house cleaning. Power washing can even cover many different types of commercial property cleaning, including large car or truck fleet washing and industrial kitchen cleaning.


Soft washing is a technique within the power washing industry that is mainly used in residential settings. Soft washing utilizes very robust detergents to eliminate common organic growth on your house. Growth such as mildew, mold, and algae. Maryland humidity creates a paradise for these organic growths! Soft washing can remove these items quickly and easily without the risk of damage to your home’s siding using high pressure.


High pressure washing can remove the contaminants that are visible to your eyes. However, it can leave behind the spores which will quickly allow them to grow back. Soft washing, with the right detergents, will completely eradicate the contaminants and give you freedom from the triple threat of mildew, mold, and algae for years!


At Allied Power Washers we employ the latest soft washing techniques. We use a proprietary blend of bio-degradable detergents formulated to leave your house’s siding and gutters gleaming and clean! Our techniques are safe for all types of siding- including, vinyl, aluminum, Hardie®, brick, and wood. Call us today to book an appointment so we can be, “Your allies against mildew, mold, and algae!!”

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