What is Soft Wash?
Soft washing is a cleaning method that uses low pressure and specialized solutions to safely remove bacteria, algae, mildew, moss and other organic stains from roofs, sidings, decks, fences and other delicate surfaces, that are the root source of staining and shortening the lives of these surfaces. Unlike pressure washing, soft washing does not utilize harmful high pressure.
Should I use soft washing or pressure washing?
Soft washing is recommended for surfaces that require a more gentle wash, such as your siding, roof, deck or fence. It kills bacteria, algae, mildew, moss and other organic stains. Whereas pressure washing just washes off the surface layer. Pressure washing is very useful to treat hard surfaces such as pavers, concrete, etc. Furthermore, soft washing does not make use of harmful high pressure which could shorten the life of these delicate surfaces, unlike pressure washing. Lastly, soft washing treatments last much longer than pressure washing treatments.
Why should I get my home washed?
Aside from how more aesthetically appealing your home will be after your treatment, the bacteria that grows on houses, roofs, decking, and cement can actually cause structural damage on the surface over time.
How long will a washing treatment last?
Generally, a soft washing treatment will last significantly longer than a pressure washing, before bacteria regrowth reoccurs. There are a number of factors that will affect how long the surface will last before having to wash it again; weather, vegetation around the house, exposure to sun and usage of the surface are some examples. Surfaces that are in direct contact with sun such as roofs and sidings should last at least 3 years or more, whereas patios, decks or walkways that are in the shade will need to be washed more often. These last surfaces will also last longer if they are correctly treated after washing them. Polymeric sanding and sealing of pavers and stone patios and walkways/driveways is recommended. As for decks and fences, staining is vital to prevent weather damage.
Will any of your cleaning products damage my property?
Not at all. We at All Bright Eco Wash have been thoroughly trained on "best practices" for safely and effectively applying those formulations within any treatment environment.
Why does my roof need cleaning?
Roofs are the most exposed part of the house to the environment. Rain, humidity and shade are what encourage (re)growth of bacteria on our homes. This bacteria and moss gets in between and under the shingles, making them crack and break, which will eventually lead to leaks and will shorten the roof's life. The roof is like the helmet of your home, and if it is not well taken care of, it will cause leaks and internal water damage. Because roofs are so vulnerable, All Bright Eco Wash suggests a thorough roof cleaning. But remember, never let anyone pressure wash your roof, as this will be too harsh and will remove the granules from the shingles!
How long does it take to clean my house?
That all depends on the size of the area being cleaned and the extent of the filth. It usually takes a couple of hours if we are cleaning just the siding, but it could take a full day if we are also washing the roof, patio, deck, fence, walkways, etc.
Do I need to be home when your team comes to wash my home?
No. As long as all windows and doors of the house are closed, and our team has access to a working faucet, we should be good to go.
Should I re-sand and seal my paver patio after washing it?
When a paver patio, walkway or driveway is pressure washed, most of the sand that's in the joints is removed. This is why re-sanding those pavers is extremely important. This sand prevents the pavers from moving and helps keep the surface leveled. It is very important to use the proper sand, as well. All Bright Eco Wash recommends Polymeric Sand. Unlike regular sand, Polymeric Sand gets hard and activates its glue when it gets in contact with water (this is part of the application process) and sticks to the pavers walls, preventing it from blowing away with wind, being washed off by rain water or moved by driving or walking on the surface. Using a sealer is also recommended after washing the surface. This will prevent water and sunlight damage, and help the treatment last a lot longer.