POWER, PRESSURE, OR SOFT WASHING:\u00a0 WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?\r\nOver the decades, harsh winter conditions and other factors contribute to the deterioration of one\u2019s home, causing a slow but noticeable change in the exterior, driveway, walkway, patios, balconies, decks, railings, and gutters. When looking at your home and realizing that it has become a shadow of its former self, many people think that this is an irreversible negative consequence of natural aging. You want it to look brand new again, but you fear that nothing can bring back that original look that made you fall in love when you bought it 20, 30, even 40 years ago.\r\nThere are several ways to restore a house, and the outdoor features which accompany it, back to their original condition.\u00a0 One such way is power washing.\u00a0 This method has been around since the 1950\u2019s, but it has become much more common in the 21st century as more and more people learn about its benefits and how effective and practical this type of cleaning can be.\r\nIt is a quick and easy way to remove dirt and grime from all types of surfaces, and the pricing can be very affordable depending on the services rendered.\u00a0 Some stains can be removed with only the use of hot water, and some high powered washers also use chemicals when the stain requires it, such as rust on concrete or gutters.\u00a0 A local NJ contractor will be able to assess what is needed, and quote a price for the work based on the degree of cleaning that is required.\r\nThere are only few jobs where power washing can be highly effective for cleaning, and many more jobs where pressure washing is more practical.\u00a0 For example, washing with too much force can damage a wooden deck or stucco siding due to the direct blast from a high-powered washer. A pressure washer should be used for cleaning concrete or driveway asphalt, and soft washing is used for cleaning even more delicate surfaces.\r\nFor this, and many other reasons, the practice of cleaning the exterior features of one's home is a process that involves careful planning for each client\u2019s unique circumstance.\u00a0 When too much power could damage your home\u2019s exterior or other delicate surfaces, your local NJ contractor may recommend pressure washing or soft washing instead.\r\nSOFT, PRESSURE, AND POWER WASHING:\u00a0 WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?\r\nPOWER WASHING:\r\nWater at a HOT temperature is what Power washing uses , which breaks down contaminated materials from your property much easier than regular water from a pressure washer.\u00a0 We do not recommend restoring vinyl siding this way, as the hot water could cause damage and leave your siding with that \u201cmelted\u201d look. Hot water is sprayed onto a surface at high speeds, using a certain amount of pressure known as PSI (pounds per square inch), and this number can range from 750 to 5,000.\r\nBecause power washing uses heat, it is usually utilized to clean things that a regular cleaning method wouldn't be able to remove.\u00a0 For heavily greased surfaces, such as removing grease stains from a concrete floor, chemical substance spills, or even bio substances, especially in a kitchen where spraying chemicals could be dangerous, hot water represents a much more efficient cleaning method.\r\nEven without any pressure, hot water is more effective at cleaning large industrial spills because it is able to penetrate and remove oil, grime, and grease from a surface.\u00a0 The hotter the water is, the more effective the cleaning power.\u00a0\u00a0 (Think of trying to wash your dishes with cold water, and the difference it makes when the water is hot instead.)\u00a0 Thorough cleaning of tractors, trailers, work trucks and other heavy equipment can also be accomplished by using heat as opposed to no heat.\u00a0 Hot water blasted at high speeds is also more effective at cutting through grease, grime, and animal waste in a short amount of time.\r\nAs expected, the price for this service will be more than the price for pressure or soft washing, because of the time and effort the local NJ contractor spends on the work.\r\nPRESSURE WASHING:\r\nUnlike power washing, pressure washing uses a normal temperature of water, and depends entirely on the force of water rather than the temperature.\u00a0 The water comes out at a high pressure, and will blast away any dirt, mold, mildew and other hazardous materials.\u00a0 Patios, sidewalks, and driveways need the extra force to remove all the grime and dirt that accumulates over years of wear and tear.\r\nAlthough a pressure washer uses cold water, even without any cleaning solution added, it can be a powerful cleaning agent for dirt and some other dry substances.\u00a0 For flat ground surfaces, pressure washing employs a tool consisting of two to four high-pressure jets that pivot on a rotating bar of a surface cleaner.\r\nYour local NJ power washing company will use this method for restoring driveways, sidewalks and patios, because the amount of pressure needed and is able to be adjusted according to the size of the job.\u00a0 Power washing should never be employed wherever the use of too much heat could damage the materials that need cleaning, therefore pressure washing should be used for these situations instead.\r\nSince power washing is most often recommended for more industrial jobs, we recommend pressure washing as it is one of the best methods for most home and residential work.\u00a0 Along with soft washing, you will want to use this method for almost all home cleaning issues.\r\nSOFT WASHING:\r\nSoft washing happens to be a completely different process than power and pressure washing, and relies solely on the use of eco-friendly and environmentally safe chemical solutions to clean the exterior of your home.\u00a0 While it is built to stand up to the harsh, outdoor elements, the exterior of your house is extremely delicate.\u00a0 The paint can be chipped away by the use of high-powered washing or pressure washing.\r\nThe soft washing method is most often used on vinyl siding, decks and roofs, if there isn't too much mold or dirt build up.\u00a0 Some decks will need pressure washing when the accumulation of dirt and grime is too heavy for soft washing.\u00a0 The chemical solutions used in soft washing are left alone for several minutes to sink into the cracks and pores of the surface.\u00a0 The low rinse system of soft washing is considered to be one step above the use of an average water hose, yet still extremely effective.\r\nHOME FEATURES AND PRESSURE USED\r\nDecks - Low pressure\r\nRailings - Low pressure\r\nWood Fences - Low Pressure\r\nVinyl Fences - Low Pressure\r\nVinyl Siding - Low Pressure\r\nAsphalt - Medium Pressure\r\nConcrete Driveways &amp;\r\n Sidewalks - High Pressure\r\nStone Patio Pavers - Medium Pressure\r\nWHEN IS YOUR JOB SMALL ENOUGH TO HANDLE YOURSELF?\r\nIf your siding, deck, patio, or other features of your home have become unrecognizable, then you may need the help of a local professional.\u00a0 But what if you spill a little (or a lot of) paint on your deck or concrete patio?\u00a0 High-pressure washing of any kind could damage the wood on your deck, or spread the paint stain on your concrete even further.\r\nFor paint spills, your local NJ contractor might recommend using a heat gun if available, or even a hair dryer.\u00a0 The paint will start to slightly peel, allowing you to scrape it off with a spackling tool or some kind of flat apparatus, and then sand it to complete the process.\u00a0 In this type of situation, you could use a paint remover spray to scrape the paint stain away.\u00a0 Simply spray it onto the spill, wait for the paint to start peeling, then scrape it off and sand it down.\u00a0 Make sure to wear gloves any time you use a home cleaning remedy, as some chemicals could damage your fingernails and hands.\u00a0 Always read the instructions or chemical label before using any substances you are not familiar with.\r\nDiluting some Simply Green or other chemical solutions found at your local home improvement store, and scrubbing the stain away, could be the better solution in some instances\u2026 and the price will be far less expensive than hiring a professional.\u00a0 The same goes for any hard-to-remove spills on a more delicate surface.\u00a0 Be careful when using this method on fabrics, as this method mostly applies to hard materials such as wood, stone, and plastic.\u00a0 The product that you use should have a list of materials it is safe for on the label, so again make sure to read every label and instruction manual carefully.