What Is Soft Washing?
Soft washing is a safe and very effective low pressure cleaning and sanitizing method, for both domestic and commercial properties. It uses purpose built low pressure equipment that will effectively clean, and sanitize exterior surfaces with a variety of eco-friendly chemicals. Soft washing chemicals can be applied at the correct blends and ratios for quick and lasting effects on most surfaces to include.
- Natural stone and brickwork
- Block paving, patios and concrete.
- K Rend, rendered walls
- Pebbledash, roughcast, tyrolean/stucco
- Slate roofs and tiles where moss can be suitably scraped off prior to application
- Fences , decking and timber cladding
- Summer houses and Oak buildings
- Industrial cladding
- Asphalt roofing
- Pvc plastic cladding, fascias and soffits
- Artificial turf
- Rubber crumb playareas
Each individual surface with distinct contaminants requires a tailored soft washing solution for best results. Our solution is mixed on site for optimal results for the task required. This way we customise our approach to maximise the results whilst also achieving cost effectiveness.
Soft washing targets the organic growth behind discoloration and staining. Most of the dirt on properties is a living organic bio film or carbon deposit. Weather, pollution and the environment can cause significant damage to the surface/render on your building, with moss growth, algae and pollution build up causing serious damage if left untreated.
Soft washing will kill the spores and treat unwanted biological growth of fungus, moss, red and green algae, bacteria, lichen, pollen, mould and other forms of growth on the target surface. The chemicals are Eco-friendly and do not “bio accumulate”, meaning they break down rapidly on contact with soil to give it a very low environmental footprint. The work area is rinsed unless a residual biocide is applied and once dry is perfectly safe for children and pets etc.
Our machines work at 145psi maximum which about the same as a household tap, unlike our pressure washer which is about 4000psi. This means there is no damage to delicate surfaces or pointing. Using a high pressure washer on render or such surfaces can cause tremendous damage opening up the surface to create a further
more porous surface for additional colonisation of algae etc and often striping of the surface. We can reach high elevations up to 10 metres using full carbon fibre water fed poles, with either nozzles or brushes fitted. Above that height we have access to platforms or cherry pickers should we need them.
The advantages of soft washing over pressure washing are as follows.
- Less water consumption
- Ecologically friendly
- Gentle yet powerful cost effective deep cleaning
- Longer lasting results
- Is safe for all known building materials
- Kills the spores untouched by pressure washing
- Will not damage the surface or exaggerate the weathering or ageing effect.
Once finished we can also apply a residual biocide which can keep working along with the British weather to provide a long term clean. This means it can keep surfaces clean for up to 5 years following treatment, dependant on weather conditions and position of property.