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Discover the Benefits of Soft Washing

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While pressure washing works wonders for many surfaces, some exteriors just can't handle the intense spray of high-pressure water

That’s where soft washing comes in. It uses a low-pressure water spray combined with specialized cleaning solutions to gently remove dirt, grime, soot, organic growth and other buildup. Soft washing is perfect for delicate surfaces and is also great for those hard to reach places.

Soft washing is typically cheaper than pressure washing and provides a safer, more efficient way to clean your home or business’ exterior. This technique can be done without causing damage or leaving unsightly streaks or lines that bad pressure washing technique can cause.


What is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is a cleaning technique that uses low pressure water cleaning and specialized solutions or soaps. The soap and water safely and effectively remove dirt, grime, mildew, mould, lichen, soot and other contaminants from various surfaces. 

Soft washing is mainly used in buildings to clean delicate surfaces that pressure washing might cause damage to. Commercial and residential building exteriors such as stucco, wood sidings and painted surfaces can be safely cleaned using the soft washing technique. The technique is best suited to surfaces that are fragile and prone to damage caused by high-pressure cleaning options such as pressure washing.

Although soft washing is primarily used for house washing it can be adapted to wash almost any surface.

Pressure Washing vs Soft Washing

The primary difference between soft washing and high pressure washing for residential is the amount of pressure used to clean surfaces.

Pressure washing uses high-pressure streams of water to remove surface dirt and contaminants. In contrast, soft washing uses low-pressure streams of water and specialized chemical solutions to clean surfaces gently. Soft washing is the preferred cleaning technique for delicate surfaces such as roofs, sidings, and decorative stonework. Pressure washing is ideal for more robust surfaces.

Another critical difference is that pressure washing can cause significant damage to more delicate surfaces. For example, high-pressure water can damage shingle roofing, strip paint from homes, and destroy delicate woodwork. In contrast, soft washing is gentle and less harsh, making it ideal for cleaning surfaces without causing any damage from the high pressure water. Additionally, soft washing uses fewer volumes of water compared to pressure washing, reducing water consumption and the risk of water damage.

The choice between the two techniques usually depends on the kind of surface to be cleaned. Also the type and amount of dirt, grime and soot that needs removing.

Discover the Chemicals Powering Soft Washing

Soft washing involves the use of cleaning solutions or chemicals that are designed to break down dirt, grime, soot, oil and other contaminants gently.

The most common chemical used in soft washing is sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach. Bleach is mixed with water to make a solution. The solution typically contains between 3% to 6% of sodium hypochlorite for safely and effectively cleaning surfaces.

Soft wash solutions also include other cleaning agents such as surfactants, algaecides, and detergents. These also help to remove dirt and contaminants from delicate surfaces.

The surfactants act as soap, breaking the surface tension around the dirt particles, making it easier to remove them from surfaces with lower pressure water.

Additionally, the algaecides help remove any algae or fungi growing on surfaces. The detergents help in rinsing away the chemicals from the surface being cleaned. At Pressure Washed South East QLD we opt to use a Biodegradable soap which is much better for the environment.

Biodegradable Soap: Go Green With Your Clean

Here at Pressure washed South East QLD, we take the preservation of the environment very seriously. That’s why we ensure that our soft washing techniques are Eco-friendly. We exclusively use locally made biodegradable soaps and chemicals. By doing so, we minimize any negative impact on the environment and provide our customers with a top-quality service that is both effective and safe.

Our team is well-versed in the science of soft washing and has the necessary experience to ensure all surfaces are cleaned without causing any harm to the surrounding ecosystem. We can confidently say that our commitment to our customers and the environment is unmatched, and we are always looking for ways to improve our techniques further.

So, whether you need your house, roof, or any other surface cleaned, you can depend on Pressure washed South East QLD. We will provide the best service possible while safeguarding the environment.

Pressure Cleaning Or Soft Washing? We Offer Both!

At Pressure Washed South East QLD, we are proud to offer both soft washing and pressure cleaning services to our customers. We understand that different surfaces require different cleaning methods, and that’s why we provide our clients with the best of both worlds.

When it comes to cleaning your home or building’s exterior, we can use a gentle soft wash that is safe and effective on delicate surfaces like painted walls and roofs. This method ensures that your property is thoroughly cleaned without causing any damage from high pressure water.

On the other hand, when it comes to tougher surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and concrete, we use high-pressure washing to blast away even the toughest stains and grime.

By offering both soft washing and pressure cleaning services, we can ensure that every part of your property receives the best cleaning treatment without compromising on the quality of work. When you choose Pressure Washed South East QLD, you can rest assured that your property will receive a comprehensive and thorough clean. No matter how delicate or tough the surface may be we’ll bring it back to new.

Our Professional Steps For Soft Washing

Soft washing a house is a delicate process that requires careful attention and the right equipment. Here are the steps we take to soft wash your house.

1. Prepare the area: Clear the area around the house of any obstacles that could obstruct the cleaning process. Wet with clean water all near by plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees to protect them from the soft wash cleaning solutions.

2. Inspect the surface: Inspect the surfaces to be cleaned for any cracks, holes, or damaged areas. These may need additional attention before cleaning. This includes checking windows and doors.

3. Apply the cleaning solution: Mix a biodegradable cleaning solution and apply it to the surfaces using a specialized low-pressure sprayer. Allow the solution to penetrate the surface for a specified amount of time.

4. Rinse the surface: Rinse the surface using low-pressure water to remove the dirt and grime, algea, moss and mildew.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4: If necessary, we will repeat steps 3 and 4, especially if there are any stubborn stains that weren’t removed in the first round.

6. Inspect the work: Once the surfaces have been cleaned, inspect them again to ensure that all the dirt and stains have been removed. If we missed any spots we keep going until an excellent result has been achieved.

7. Clean up: Clean the area around the house after the cleaning process is finished, this includes washing down all the plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

By following these steps, we can ensure our soft washing process is safe, effective, and thorough, leaving your house looking clean, fresh, and attractive.


Dive Into Our FAQ

1. What is soft washing, and how is it different from pressure washing?

Soft washing involves using specialized equipment that sprays a specially formulated cleaning solution on the surfaces of your home or building.

The cleaning solution is usually biodegradable, Eco-friendly, and can be rinsed off with low pressure water spray. Soft washing is fundamentally different from pressure washing because it uses high-pressure water to blast away dirt and grime. Soft washing is a safer and more effective method of cleaning surfaces that would be damaged from a high pressure water spray. For example painted surfaces or wood.

2. Is soft washing safe for my home exterior?

Yes, soft washing is safe for your home or building exterior. Soft washing uses low water pressure making it gentle on the surface material. It’s safe for all surfaces from siding, wood, brick, stucco, and more. It removes dirt, grime, mold, mildew, and algae using a specially formulated cleaning solution, which means it does not harm the property’s exteriors like high pressure cleaning can.

3. What surfaces can be cleaned with a soft washing?

Soft washing can be used on a variety of surfaces, including roofs, walls, walkways, decks, pool areas, and more. It is suitable for all types of exterior materials, including brick, vinyl, stucco, wood, and painted surfaces.

4. How often should I have my buildings soft washed?

The frequency of soft washing depends on various factors such as climate, humidity, proximity to plant life, and wildlife etc. As a general rule of thumb, it is suggested to have buildings soft washed every 1-3 years. However, it’s always recommended to consult with us, we can provide you with our expert opinion based on the specific needs of your property.

4. Will soft washing remove mold, mildew, Lichen and algae stains from my home and other surfaces?

Yes, soft washing can remove mold, mildew, Lichen and algae stains from your home. These stains are usually caused by the accumulation of dirt and microorganisms over a period of time on the home’s exterior. Soft washing is an effective method of removing these stains without causing any damage to the surface.

5. How long does the soft washing process take?

The duration of the soft washing process is dependent on various factors such as the size of the property, the surfaces being cleaned, and the severity of the stains. Generally speaking, most jobs can be completed within a day.

6. How environmentally friendly is soft washing compared to other cleaning methods?

Soft washing is extremely environmentally friendly compared to other cleaning methods. The solution applied during the soft washing process is biodegradable and eco-friendly with no harsh chemicals that can cause harm to the environment.

7. Can soft washing protect my building surfaces from future damage and contamination?

Yes, soft washing can protect your building surfaces from future damage and contamination. After the soft washing process, it is recommended to apply a protectant such as a sealant or wax to protect the surface and prevent the accumulation of contaminants.

8. Is there any special preparation I need to do before scheduling a soft washing appointment?

Before scheduling a soft washing appointment, you should remove any outdoor furniture, toys, or other loose items from the area around the building to be cleaned. You should also keep all windows and doors closed to prevent the cleaning solution from getting inside your property. For more details of what to do before we clean your house visit out ‘House Wash Preparation’ page.

9. How much does a soft washing service usually cost?

The cost of soft washing depends on various factors, including the property’s size, the complexity of the job, and the area to be cleaned. Contact us today to get an accurate estimate for your Soft Washing job.

We provide professional Pressure Washing and Soft Washing services for residential, commercial, and industrial industries. Our services are available throughout SEQ, including Brisbane, Ipswich, Gold Coast, and Tweed Coast.

Take action today and get in touch with us to schedule your soft washing appointment!



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