Bluffton, SC Experts Answer: What is Soft Washing?

Keeping the exterior of a home clean isn’t always as simple as you might assume. There are many instances when pointing a power washer at the target surface and spraying away debris won’t get the job done properly. That’s because some home exterior surfaces simply can’t withstand that kind of pressure. If you were to try to clean them with a power washer or similar method, you’d likely cause more damage.

That’s why we at Lighthouse Soft Wash, in Bluffton, SC, use the appropriate soft wash method for surfaces that require it.

That said, you may not fully understand exactly what soft washing is, or why it’s necessary in some situations.

Don’t worry if that’s the case. Unless you have experience in this line of work, it’s unlikely this is a method you’re thoroughly familiar with. That’s one of the main reasons it’s so important to get help from professionals when cleaning your home’s exterior. You need help from experts who understand which method to use for which surface. That’s the kind of expertise we offer.

What is soft washing? The following information will help you better understand the topic.

Bluffton, SC Experts Explain the Basics of Soft Washing

Again, homeowners too frequently make the mistake of assuming their exterior surfaces can withstand more pressure than they are actually built for. Thus, in an effort to clean their homes, they, in fact, damage them. This results in the need for costly repairs.

Soft washing is a different method. Instead of pummeling a home with intense pressure, we apply water gently.

You might be wondering how this can possibly be effective. When debris and contaminants have accumulated substantially over time, could gentle water actually remove them? Don’t these exterior surfaces require a more vigorous and powerful approach?

It’s an honest question. That said, contrary to what many would expect, soft washing is actually extremely effective at cleaning the exterior of homes in the Bluffton, SC area. In fact, even if a soft surface such as vinyl siding or roof shingles could somehow withstand the high pressure of a power washer, odds are good soft washing would actually deliver superior results.

That’s because we don’t merely apply water when cleaning exterior surfaces. We also mix the water with special, environmentally-friendly detergents that have been designed specifically to remove the kinds of contaminants and debris that accumulate on your home over time. Combined with the water, they thoroughly clean your home’s exterior, without putting it at risk of unwanted damage.

Of course, different cleaning methods are better-suited to different surfaces. For example, soft washing is particularly useful for cleaning roofs. While they may do a good job at protecting your home from the elements, roofing shingles are typically not designed to withstand high pressure. They instead require a soft washing method, allowing the water to gently soak into all corners. This helps to remove contaminants such as algae, which could otherwise eat away at your shingles if left unaddressed.

Your home siding is another surface that benefits from the soft washing method. Even if you’re trying to remove years worth of build-up, because the water is allowed to combine with the detergent and work its way into your siding, it gets the job done effectively. This is key to maintaining your home’s curb appeal. As the current homeowner, you’ll be thrilled with the results of soft washing. If you ever choose to sell your home, you’ll also be thrilled that its clean exterior makes it look valuable to potential buyers.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to clean your home with methods that will actually damage it. For soft washing service in the Bluffton, SC area, call Lighthouse Soft Wash at (843) 304-0019 today.

Jacob Tuttle

Lighthouse owner Jacob Tuttle graduated from Savannah Arts Academy and received a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University. Jacob has been in the commercial and residential cleaning business since 2003, and in 2014, moved to Bluffton, South Carolina with his wife, Jessica, and their two children to form Lighthouse Exterior Cleaning Solutions. Jacob is a Certified Lead Technician through the industry’s leading educational resource, Softwash Systems, LLC.

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