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The True Value of Soft Washing: Higher Costs, Longer Lasting Results

Maintaining a clean home exterior is essential for both aesthetic appeal and structural integrity. While there are various methods to keep your home's exterior spotless, soft washing and pressure washing are among the most popular. In this blog post, we'll explore the true value of soft washing, highlighting why its higher initial cost is justified by its longer-lasting results.


What is Soft Washing?

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Soft washing is a cleaning method that uses low-pressure water combined with specialized cleaning solutions to remove dirt, algae, mold, and other contaminants from surfaces. Unlike pressure washing, which relies on high-pressure water to blast away grime, soft washing gently cleans surfaces, making it ideal for delicate materials like siding, shingles, and painted wood.

Soft washing works by applying a mix of water, bleach, and surfactants to the surface. This solution penetrates and dissolves contaminants, which are then rinsed away with low-pressure water. The result is a clean, sanitized surface without the risk of damage associated with high-pressure washing.

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing, also known as power washing, uses high-pressure water to remove dirt, grime, mold, and other build-ups from surfaces. It is particularly effective for cleaning hard surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and brick walls. Pressure washing can quickly blast away contaminants, leaving surfaces looking fresh and clean.

However, the high-pressure water can also damage softer materials, strip paint, and etch surfaces if not used correctly. This makes pressure washing less suitable for delicate surfaces compared to soft washing.

Cost Comparison: Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

One of the main differences between soft washing and pressure washing is the cost. Soft washing typically costs 20-40% more than pressure washing. This price difference is due to the specialized equipment, cleaning solutions, and expertise required for soft washing. Additionally, the process is more time-consuming, as the cleaning solutions need time to work before being rinsed off.

Pressure washing, on the other hand, is generally more affordable due to its simpler process and less expensive equipment. However, the lower cost can be misleading when considering the long-term benefits and maintenance frequency of each method.

Frequency of Cleaning: Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

While soft washing may have a higher upfront cost, it often proves to be more cost-effective in the long run. This is because soft washing typically only needs to be done once every four years. The cleaning solutions used in soft washing kill mold, algae, and other growths at their roots, preventing them from returning quickly.

In contrast, pressure washing usually needs to be done annually to maintain a clean appearance. This is because pressure washing only removes surface-level contaminants without addressing the root cause. As a result, mold, algae, and dirt can quickly reappear, necessitating more frequent cleanings.

Long-Term Benefits of Soft Washing

Spotless Team Member using the hose to spray an area of the house that needs Soft Wash cleaning. He is spraying the siding of a Georgetown home.

The long-term benefits of soft washing make it a worthwhile investment. Since soft washing kills growths at their source, the cleaning results last much longer, reducing the need for frequent maintenance. This not only saves money over time but also reduces the wear and tear on your home's exterior surfaces.

Furthermore, maintaining a clean and well-kept home exterior enhances curb appeal and can increase property value. By investing in soft washing, homeowners can enjoy a pristine appearance with less effort and expense over the years.

Environmental and Safety Considerations

Soft washing also offers environmental and safety benefits. The cleaning solutions used in soft washing are often biodegradable and eco-friendly, reducing the environmental impact compared to traditional pressure washing methods. Additionally, soft washing uses significantly less water, conserving this valuable resource.

From a safety perspective, soft washing is gentler on surfaces, reducing the risk of damage. High-pressure water can erode paint, strip sealants, and cause other damage to delicate materials. Soft washing avoids these issues, ensuring that your home's exterior remains intact and in good condition.


In conclusion, while soft washing may have a higher initial cost compared to pressure washing, its long-lasting results, environmental benefits, and reduced risk of damage make it a smart investment for homeowners. By choosing soft washing, you can enjoy a cleaner, more attractive home exterior with less frequent maintenance and greater overall value.

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