Understanding Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing: Key Differences and Applications

Understanding Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing: Key Differences and Applications

Pressure washing and Soft washing are two popular cleaning methods used for a variety of surfaces, including Siding, (wood & Vinyl) Shingle Roofs, Fences, Gutters, driveways and decks. While the terms are often used interchangeably, there are subtle differences between the two methods. In this article, we’ll dive deeper into these two cleaning techniques, exploring their differences, applications, and advantages.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is the process of using high-pressure water to clean surfaces. The water pressure is typically delivered through a nozzle at levels ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 pounds per square inch (PSI), depending on the application. Pressure washing is commonly used to remove dirt, grime, mold, algae, and other substances from surfaces such as concrete, brick, wood, and metal. But this typically does not completely remove or (neutralize) the growth on the surface being cleaned. 

This cleaning method is versatile and can be adjusted based on the surface being cleaned. For example, higher pressures are effective for tough stains on concrete, while lower pressures are used on more delicate surfaces like wood or painted areas to prevent damage. Pressure washing can be a cost-effective and efficient way to maintain the appearance and integrity of a variety of surfaces.

Soft Washing

Soft Washing is a method that uses a safe cleaning solution comprised of chlorine, surfactant and water to remove any organic growth on the surface being cleaned. This process is safer then your traditional pressure washing method in that it uses minimal pressure and brightens surfaces such as Window frames and roofs that using pressure would not be suitable. This method is typically used by a seasoned Power Washing Company in the sense it takes education to properly utilize the technique. Special equipment is needed for this process to be applied, it does however leave your business or home looking renewed in a sense that it removed growth that is hard to see with the naked eye. It makes duller surfaces look bright and new again.

These two methods help keep your property looking fresh and rejuvenated to maintain that curb appeal! 


Blake MacWhinnie

Blake MacWhinnie

Owner/Operator | Forest Lake Specialties Power Washing

Meet Blake MacWhinnie, your exterior expert extraordinaire! With over five years of experience, he’s your go-to for Power Washing, Roof Cleaning, and more. Based in Corinth but serving a vast region, Blake combines cutting-edge equipment with a background in law enforcement to ensure top-notch results. Trust him to transform your property into a sparkling oasis of quality. Ready to uncover the secrets to his spotless success? Let’s dive in!