When it comes to deep cleaning, pressure washing is one of the leading proven ways to get your surfaces squeaky clean. However, due to the intense pressure-levels that the water can reach, inevitably it is far too strong to use on weaker surfaces such as siding, roofing, windows, doors, and vehicles. In these cases, we recommend soft washing on delicate surfaces, to clean them thoroughly while avoiding damage.
How does soft washing work?
When it comes to the soft washing process, a low-to-moderate amount of pressure is key, matched to the individual surface that’s being cleaned. The ProClean way of doing it draws upon our years of experience cleaning a wide variety of delicate surfaces to give you the best possible results.
We like to ensure that we have prepared correctly. We will survey the surrounding area, remove any breakable items and seek out any potential weaknesses in infrastructure. It is also important that all of the correct equipment (nozzles, detergent mixers, etc.) is ready to go and functioning at the correct settings. We always ensure that any detergents and chemicals have been correctly chosen and not mixed too strong or too weak. It is important to note that when we first turn on the water supply, we should ensure the pressure is as low as possible, and dial it upward from there! The last thing want is a pressure washer who blasts the paint off your house!
The first clean is probably the most important. We recommend starting from the bottom and working up to dislodge dirt. It is important to keep the pressure applied even, so keeping the washer moving is incredibly important. We have found that a 45-degree angle gives the best results.
Rinse and repeat!
Occasionally, a single pass will not always clean entirely the first time, and in that case we will need to repeat the steps, always ensuring an even cleaning to get the best possible finish.The length of time it takes to efficiently clean a surface with a soft washing varies depending on the surface type, size and degrees of dirt and grime but generally speaking it can range from anything from 30 minutes to a couple of hours.
Detergents and Chemicals
When it comes to an exceptional quality pressure wash, one of the most important things to consider is the use of detergents. Using soap benefits any clean and pressure washing is no exception to this rule. It is, of course, possible to use both soaps and/or detergents when you use a pressure washer. The types of eco-friendly chemicals that we commonly use in detergents include vinegar, citric acid, bleach, oxalic acid, ammonia, potassium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. It is important to understand fully the kinds of chemicals that are being used, and we take extra care when working in the vicinity of pregnant women, children, and animals in particular. While the chemicals we use are considered safe, we always follow every safety precaution, and you can rest assured that our services won’t cause negative health effects for you, your family, your pets, and the plants in your yard.