Power and pressure washing sound similar, but knowing the difference helps you identify what you need. Soft washing is another solution for many properties. How do you know which options are best for your services?

What Is Power Washing?

Power washing uses water with added pressure that makes the cleaning process more manageable. It tackles buildup by removing dirt, grime, mold, algae, moss and more. The water pressure reaches from 1,300 to 4,400 psi. Commercial and industrial settings often use power washing on concrete and walkways. It provides powerful cleaning for buildup on tough surfaces.

What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing uses an average temperature for water and high-pressure equipment. In this process, water from your house flows through a tank using gas or electricity. A variety of nozzles control the pressure applications, allowing ranges from 1,300 to 4,400 psi.

Pressure washing works well on stone or driveways and cleans the same organic materials as power washing. There are no considerable differences between power washing and pressuring washing.

What Is Soft Washing?

The main difference between power washing vs. soft washing is the amount of pressure. The soft washing technique cleanses or rinses with low pressure and cleansers or soap.

Soft washing is possible with the right nozzle. A wider pressure washer tip can lower the applied pressure to 500 psi, and adjusting the pound-force per square inch on the machine can further reduce the pressure. The soft washing technique breaks down surface dirt and organisms. This eco-friendly method uses less power and no hot water. Soft washing is ideal for rinsing surfaces like wood or vinyl because it preserves protective coatings.

When Should You Use Each Type of Washing?

Pressure and heat determine the main differences in power washing vs. pressure washing vs. soft washing. You’ll need washing when your home or property exterior looks dirty, your roof looks streaky or discolored or your gutters need unclogging. Assess which type you need:

  • Power washing: Choose this method to deep clean and sanitize driveways, stone walls and rough concrete.
  • Pressure washing: This option cleans walking surfaces, decks, stone pathways and patio furniture.
  • Soft washing: Select this technique for surfaces like stucco and coquina, vinyl siding, cedar shake siding, wood panel siding, outdoor wood furniture, outdoor rooted plants, screens, enclosures and lanais.

Contact Perfect Power Wash for the Best Techniques and Services

When your property needs cleaning, choose trusted professionals with over 20 years of experience to select the right equipment, techniques and cleansers for the job. Contact Productive Powerwashing today for a free quote  or by phone at 732-458-2438