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A Gentler Alternative to Power Washing Your Home

 Cedar After CBefore Cedar AIt is hard to believe summer is winding down and fall will soon take over Long Beach Island! This is your last chance to get a lot of those outdoor summer projects done before the weather turns coolers, school gets back in session, and life picks up the pace ahead of the holiday season.

What is that on my Wall?!

Let’s face it, we live near the ocean! On LBI, it is pretty common for moss, lichen, and other things to grow on homes, creating a dingy appearance after a while. So, it is pretty common around these parts to own a power washer, or rent one, to clean off your home, garage, roof, etc. periodically. But what if we told you there was a better, less damaging way to get all that grime off your home?

Protect Your Home!

Soft washing looks a whole like pressure washing, but with a different nozzle. We like to compare the pressure of the water to that of a garden hose – so a whole lot different than a pressure washer. This process uses a special chemical that removes life growth like mold, algae, pollen, moss, and other stains without damaging your home, or even damaging your nearby prized gardens. Yes, it is environmentally friendly from the chemicals to the fact that it uses less water than a pressure washer.

Soft washing can be used to clean many different surfaces from picnic tables and the deck to siding, roofs, and fences. It is also less damaging to paint and stonework that a pressure washer. Through our experience at Stretch Cleaning, we can see that soft washing is very effective – and the results actually last longer than normal cleaning thanks to actually killing off growth on the surfaces that were cleaned.

Moisture Wreaks Havoc

It really is up to you how often you want your home cleaned. Here on the East Coast, with the moisture and storms, it is good to have more frequent cleanings. However, choosing the soft wash method does mean you won’t have to clean as often because biological growth won’t grow back right away, and if you do have to still clean often, you know the process is not damaging your home.

The truth is, the best way to clean any surface is to use the lowest possible pressure, and soft washing makes that possible. However, there is a time and a place for everything! So if you are trying to blast away peeling paint, an old fashioned pressure washer might be the right way to go.

No matter what route you go, hiring a professional cleaning service can save you time and guarantee a top-notch job done by a crew that understands the different surfaces of your home and best ways to clean them. The end of summer, when the weather is mild, is a perfect time to get this project out of the way and have your home prepped for another LBI winter.

Have questions about soft washing? We are here to help and answer them!