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Power Washing, Pressure Washing, and Soft Washing Differences

Apex Mobile Pressure Washing Provides All Three Services

For our inaugural blog, we’re explaining power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing differences. When it comes to cleaning siding, driveways, decks, and other surfaces, it’s hard to know which method is best. As a professional washing service provider, Apex Mobile Pressure Washing understands how power, pressure, and soft washing differ. Some methods work better for walkways and others for delicate surfaces. Though all three can be used for deep cleaning, what makes power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing different are:

  • Soft Washing Operates at Lower PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) Levels
  • Pressure Washing Uses Cold Water
  • Power Washing Cleans with Hot Water

At 500 PSI, Soft Washing is Safest for Siding, Screens, and Enclosures

Soft washing components operate under 500 PSI for rinsing or cleaning and partner with pressure washing equipment. The soft washing tip widens the pressure washing machine’s spray, which decreases the point of pressure. Furthermore, soft washing often utilizes special, eco-friendly solutions that break down dirt and organisms and won’t strip protective coatings. Soft washing is safest to use outdoors when cleaning:

  • Wooden Siding
  • Rooted Plants
  • Vinyl Siding
  • Coquina Walkways
  • Stucco Fixtures
  • Wooden Furniture
  • Screens
  • Enclosures
  • And Similar Surfaces

Pressure Washing Uses Cold Water to Clean Walking Surfaces and Decks

Pressure washing uses high-pressure cold water spray to clean objects and surfaces. On average, pressure washing machines spray cold water at 2,000 to 2,800 PSI. At that level, if you’re not using pressure washing equipment safely, it can cause serious injury. Consumer Reports documented that amateur pressure washing has resulted in lacerations, eye injuries, punctures, and bruises. Pressure washing is best used to clean walking surfaces, decks, stone pathways, patio furniture and heavy items with deep grooves. You can clean siding with pressure washing, but you should stand a significant distance away to avoid wearing it down.

Power Washing Cleans with Hot Water to Break Down Organic Materials

Power washing equipment also operates between 2,000 to 2,800 PSI, only with hot water. The benefits of using hot water are that it sanitizes and is better at breaking down organic materials than cold water. Power washing machines are generally more “heavy-duty” than pressure washers. Therefore, power washing isn’t something the average consumer can simply do themselves.

Call Apex Mobile Pressure Washing at (207) 692-7597 for more information about our services. Like and follow us on Facebook for updates. Our staff is happy to further discuss power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing differences.