As the seasons change, homeowners start to notice more and more buildup of dirt and grime on the exteriors of their homes. From snow and sleet to rotting leaves and mud spatters, our homes seem to accumulate all kinds of gunk faster than ever during the fall. When you’re confronted with such an ugly, dirty exterior, it can be tempting to want to bust out a power washer and spray down everything in sight. But is pressure washing really safe for the siding on your home? Let’s take a look at the process of pressure washing and decide whether or not there’s a better alternative when it comes to home exterior cleaning.
Pressure washing is a commonly used solution to cleaning various surfaces on a home, including the exterior. Pressure washing involves applying a highly pressurized water stream to a house to literally blast the debris away. Designed for walking surfaces, decks, stone pathways, patio furniture, and more, many people have suggested turning to power washing as a solution for exterior grime. The type of washing you choose is going to depend on how your home is built, the materials used, and its surroundings. In some situations, power washing might be appropriate for siding and can be a quick and effective way to spray the dirt away. Unfortunately, power washing is often far too harsh for siding, as the highly pressurized spray can dent, crack, or even destroy your home’s exterior. If you have a brick or slightly sturdier siding on your home, you might be in the clear, but it’s still best to consult a professional cleaning team for advice on what’s best for your home.
An increasingly popular alternative to pressure washing is soft washing. Soft washing is done using less powerful sprays of water for cleaning and rinsing. Soft washing utilizes special cleaning solutions to break down debris trapped on your home’s exterior. These cleaning solutions are eco-friendly and will not strip protective coatings on your house’s siding, but will still scour away every speck of dirt until your exterior looks brand new. Soft washing is likely a far safer candidate for cleaning your siding, and hiring a professional exterior cleaning company can ensure that your home is returned to tip-top condition in a safe, environmentally friendly way.