Soft Washing vs. Power Washing

Soft Washing vs. Power Washing

Monday, 09 August 2021 12:22

Buncombe, Henderson, and Haywood counties are renowned for being among the most beautiful places to live east of the Mississippi River. Asheville is the highest city of its size on the East Coast, while Hendersonville and Waynesville are two of the largest high-elevation towns in North Carolina. 

Surrounded on every side by mile-high mountains, these places have become some of the most desirable for people whose careers now provide the flexibility to relocate. Although, you do not have to find remote work to be able to live in the area. The economies of each county are supported by strong businesses in every industry. 

If you have relocated your family or business to western North Carolina, you want to make sure your property reflects the beauty of the surrounding nature. That means keeping up with your home or commercial property’s exterior cleaning. 


While you may be tempted to simply rent a power washing machine and begin spraying, there is a lot that can go wrong with that method. Before you begin cleaning the muck and mire from your exterior surfaces, you need to know whether to employ soft washing or pressure washing techniques. 

In this article, we are explaining the key differences between power washing and pressure washing. 

What Is Power Washing?

When people think about exterior cleaning, they likely picture a power washing machine. Power washing and pressure washing are similar in that both involve spraying water at upwards of 1,300 to 3,100 PSI. 

The main difference between pressure washing and power washing is heat. Power washing machines spray hot water to break down dirt, grime, and organic growth. 

Dangers of Power Washing

There are inherent dangers with power washing, including:

  • The potential for injury in the event that a person’s skin is contacted by the hot, pressurized water. 
  • The potential for damage to sensitive landscaping and your lawn. 
  • The potential for damage to windows and doors. 
  • The potential for damage to potted plants and decorations. 
  • The potential for damage to fascia and soffit, roofing, and even some types of siding. 
  • The potential for machines to be used by people who do not have much experience.

The force of the water in power washing can get underneath vinyl, damage siding, and chip paint. Before using a power washing machine, it is important to pay careful attention to the potential for injury and damage. Users should reach all instructional material, and it is not a bad idea to watch some tutorial videos. 

Ultimately, power washing can be a lot of work and has plenty of downsides. Power washing often just transfers bacteria, mold, algae, and mildew on your home's surface rather than destroying it. 

This is similar to chopping a weed off at the base; it may appear to be gone for the time being, but it has roots and is ripe and ready to regrow. You may find yourself with the need to power wash again after just a short time. 

Soft washing may be the alternative you need. 

What Is Soft Washing?

At HydroClean, we utilize a low-pressure technique known as soft for cleaning exterior surfaces. This method is done using a biodegradable solution that does most of the work. We use a 40-degree wide-angle nozzle and lower pressure per square inch (PSI). 

This procedure and solution will remove mold, mildew, lichen, moss, and algae from your home's surfaces, effectively cleaning and caring for them. Customers are frequently astonished to see that the color of their house appears to be brighter and looks like it did when it was brand new. 

This method will also increase the amount of time you can go between cleanings since we will be killing the bacteria. 

When to Use Soft Washing?

You can employ soft washing in almost any scenario wherein you need to restore the shine of exterior surfaces. You can use soft washing when: 

  • You want to make sure your surfaces are cleaned well.
  • You want to protect your surfaces from damage while they are being cleaned.
  • You want to protect plants, pets, and people during the cleaning process. 
  • You want to reduce the allergens present on your property’s surfaces.
  • You want to avoid having to do the job again in a few short months.
  • You want to make sure the job is done well the first time.

HydroClean has been using this technique for years, helping restore the shine of many western North Carolina properties. 

If you would like to make sure your home or commercial property has the shine it deserves, contact the team at HydroClean today