What is Soft Washing?
Soft washing is a process that removes dirt and grime from surfaces without the need for overly harsh chemicals just a higher volume of chemcials. It’s soft, safe, gentle and green! Soft washing is an integral part of Industrial Cladding Cleaning Soft washing can be used on all types of surfaces including brickwork, steel work, concrete floors and more. With soft washing you don’t have to worry about harsh chemicals or damaging your building materials. In this blog post we will discuss soft wash benefits and why it might be right for your business!
When can your business use Soft washing?
Buildings and businesses will require soft washing on surfaces that are difficult to clean using high pressure.
Soft washing is a gentler way of benefitting from the power of water without damaging an object with its force such as windows, roof shingles, screens, wood paneling, certain types of cladding etc. Soft washing originally served the purpose of cleaning algae off roof shingles but has since developed into a popular cleaning technique.
Should your business use soft wash?
It depends, does your business have windows, cladding or panelling?
Do you want to keep your exterior clean?
Lastly do you want to make sure that the materials you have used are cleaned safely and don’t get damaged?
If the answer to all or any of these questions was yes then you should get in touch and we can help you find a cleaning solution suited to you.
What are the differences between Soft Washing and Pressure Washing?
Although soft washing, power washing and pressure washing may seem similar they all use completely different techniques, equipment, pressure and chemicals. Power washing and pressure washing use a more powerful water pressure than soft washing and power washing is typically done with much hotter water than pressure washing. Soft washing is combined with biodegradable cleaning solution for those tough stains you encounter on a day-to-day basis. This allows you to get rid of mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss and more.
How to Soft Wash?
To soft wash, you first need to prepare your surroundings and make sure any plants or grass within the surface area are protected.
Once the area is prepped, you prepare the cleaning solution. Once the solution is prepared, we load it into soft washing system sprayer to apply to the surface you are cleaning. Soft washing runs water through a pump and hose with very little pressurisation (this is good for the environment). The pump will also control the flow of cleaning solution mixture through the hose. The water is then sprayed through your hose onto the surface to clean it.
Soft washing systems usually consist of a higher concentration of cleaning solutions and a higher volume of water than water pressure for a less harsh clean. In comparison to your typical garden hose, the pressure coming out of a soft washer is much gentler. Once you are done, depending on the surface the out come will be different. For instance a roof, the solution is left on the surface in order to kill every bit of algae/bacteria all the way down to the roots. However if you have applied it to siding, then it is typically rinsed off. Roof solution concentrations are typically higher than siding but it is really dependent on the case.
Just look at the before and after below.
What chemicals are used to Soft Wash?
• Bleach – This kills any mold and mildew spores, algae, moss, and any other plants or fungi growing on your cladding. Besides removing more grime and bacteria than other products, soft washing with bleach will also remove the root systems that would otherwise continue to grow
• Water – This is the main ingredient, alongside the other parts of the mixture water is the body to carry the cleaning substances.
• Cleaning Surfactant – A soft wash allows for dirt and other substances to be dispersed, loosened, and carried-away by the power of water.
Due to the chemical nature of surfactants, they get between the surface (your cladding panels) and the grime clinging to them (dirt, plants, fungi, etc.) and separate them so the water can push hem both away, the surfactants stick to the unwanted matter clinging there and lifting them away in a process called roll-up once they grime and chemical bind the water rolls them away and off the surface.
It is similar to the effect that dish soap has in your kitchen sink, when cleaning residue stuck to a plate after a meal: it improves the water’s ability to wash away unwanted muck.
The surfactant in the solution will also help reduce excess run-off so that it washes long enough to do a better job—this is especially beneficial on cladding roof panels.
This is best achieved by using the level of bleach that needs to be used on a particular job. Additives and water will certainly help, but it is essential for achieving good results.