The Environmental Impact of Soft Washing vs. Pressure Washing

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Think back to a time when your grandparents washed their clothes by hand. They used washboards and scrubbed at them until the dirt came out. It required time and energy but was far less damaging than the automatic machines that eventually came around. In a similar but more aggressive manner, these washing machines agitated our clothes to accomplish the same thing without the elbow grease.

Today, we are lucky to have the best of both worlds. Not just when it comes to new, energy-efficient machines that use high-grade soap for cleaning our clothing powerfully yet gently. Today, we can effectively and safely clean our homes while protecting something just as valuable: the environment.

What is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is a cleaning technique that uses gentle, eco-friendly chemicals to safely remove dirt and grime from surfaces. Unlike traditional cleaning methods like pressure washing, which tends to be harsh and can damage materials, soft washing relies on a chemical agent that reacts specifically with the material being cleaned.

Soft Washing, Pressure Washing, and the Environment

Just as a washing machine’s agitation is not ideal for clothing, the same can be said about pressure washing your home.

Our homes are obviously meant to last much longer than our wardrobes, although it’s up to us to care for their precious materials properly. They also have far more nooks and crannies, requiring a different cleaning approach than simply agitating them with water.

When the chemical agent used in our soft washing method reacts with the material it is cleaning, it allows for a gentler but still effective cleaning process.

So, why pressure wash your home when you can soft wash it? Here are just a few more reasons:

Pressure washing may get the dirt off, but the high-pressure agitation is not ideal for your home. A pressure washer can damage your home’s siding, paint, windows, and doors, especially if you are not careful with the pressure level and where you point the wand.

On the other hand, soft washing uses a low-pressure pump and nozzles to apply a biodegradable cleaning solution to your home. The soft washing solution breaks down the dirt, mold, and mildew, so that professional soft washers, like us, can easily rinse it. And the solution does this without causing damage to your home’s exterior.

Pressure washing also uses a ton of water.

Excuse the figure of speech there — a pressure washer doesn’t exactly use a ton but typically has 3000 psi per square inch. 3,000 psi means a pressure washer puts 3,000 pounds of pressure with water to clean just one square inch. All of that water isn’t only a waste – it also has to go somewhere. The runoff can damage, harm, and pollute local plants, animals, and waterways.

On the other hand, our soft wash pumps run a maximum of 120 psi, slightly over double a garden hose’s pressure.

Because it does not involve high amounts of water or harsh chemicals, soft washing is very environmentally friendly. It avoids the toxic runoff that often results from pressure washing, and it minimizes water usage by using just enough to work effectively without wasting any extra valuable resources.

Choose soft washing for an eco-friendly clean every time.

While what we do today at Baker SoftWash is not exactly new, the technology and application are. We have the resources and techniques to clean our personal environments without harming the one we share with others on a larger scale. In other words, if you are looking for a new, earth-friendly way to clean your home and protect the very ground it’s standing on, soft washing is the way to go.