We strongly recommend using the soft washing technique on these areas of your home:
- Vinyl siding
- Cedar shake and wood panel siding
- Wood fences and decks
- Stucco and coquina
- Screens, screened enclosures, and lanais
The soft wash technique uses a softer pressure, usually less than 1000 PSI, and relies on the right detergents and the proper dwell times to get a surface clean. The “dwell time” refers to the length of time a cleaning solution or detergent needs to remain on a surface in order for the chemicals to effectively loosen and remove the stains, grime, and debris, without affecting the surrounding vegetation.
After the appropriate dwell time has passed, the surface is thoroughly rinsed with water at low pressure, leaving behind a clean, smooth surface. Soft washing is safe and effective on all surfaces, and indeed, should be the only pressure washing method applied to most areas of your home. Unless you own a brick home, the exterior of your home should never get high pressure washed.
High pressure washers are extremely dangerous not only to the operator, but also to your home. Uncontrolled pressure is able to damage your siding, the protective plastic barrier, the plywood underneath, and also the thermal insulation of your home.