Tired of those ugly, varied stains on your deck, siding, or patio? You’re not alone. Thankfully, when it comes to subjects like how to clean your deck, or how to clean your patio, you have options. You can really break down your options for washing decks or washing sidings into two categories. There is the option to soft wash the area, or you can opt for regular pressure washing.

Which method is best for your deck/siding/patio? This is going to depend on a few different factors.

Pressure washing suffers from a less-than-stellar reputation. Much of this reputation is built on misconceptions about potential damage that might be caused through pressure washing. Wearing out the paint, blowing out the window seals, and damage to the landscape are a few of the images that tend to stick with people.

The truth of the matter is that when you trust your deck/patio/siding cleaning project to the professionals, you don’t have to worry about anything. A good contractor is going to discuss your options with you. This will include a soft wash, which can serve as a viable alternative for those who don’t want to go with regular pressure washing.

With soft washing, the gun or wand used for pressure washing is fitted with a unique low-pressure nozzle. Combining this tool with biodegradable chemicals that take care of things like molds, algae, pollen, dirt, and moss, the end result is a cleaning process that is more than capable of getting the job done. At the same time, note that the chemicals and pressure are designed to be effective at cleaning, while also making sure nothing happens to your home.

A soft wash can accomplish a lot. You won’t have to worry about the process causing significant harm to your masonry or paint job.

Full pressure washing should only be used for the cleaning of concrete surfaces. The difference between regular pressure washing and soft washing really just comes down to properly distributing and diluting your chemicals during the pre-rinse stage, and then using the right amount of pressure for the actual cleaning work. Our contractors are going to be able to determine which type of wash is best for what you would ultimately like to accomplish.

Even so, it is important to remember that when it comes to washing your deck, patio, or siding, you have a number of options that you can explore. DIY is best avoided.