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On March 27th, 2018

Soft vs Pressure - Which is Best to Clean Your Windows

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Soft vs. Pressure Washing

Windows are important in the aesthetics of every building structure in the world today, except for maybe bomb shelters. Various shapes and sizes provide architects with an endless supply of design concepts that can be incorporated into their projects. With all that glass also comes the duty of having to keep it clean. Many products exist in the marketplace that will assist the individual with this task, but which one is right for you?


Soft washing is a technique using a conventional power washer combined with liquid solvents. In order to achieve the desired result, the operator of the power washer must use add-on accessories to decrease the velocity of the pressurized water spray. Refer to an article from the Angie's List Website for specifics. This technique is ideal for exterior window and window frames, along with items that are particularly fragile in nature. Heavy-duty commercial grade power washers have the ability to strip the paint off of your home's siding, your decking boards, and even cause indentations on the concrete of your home's foundation if not properly used. It is the reason that windows need to be especially cared for and addressed with extreme caution.



Another option is pressurized washing. This refers to the maximum capabilities of the commercial grade power washer. Liquid solvents are also used with this technique, but the sheer velocity of the pressurized water is the primary method for cleansing. This technique must be used with caution and only for the hardest surfaces that are in question. Areas such as asphalt driveways, concrete patios and walkways, and solid stone walls or structures should be addressed. Exterior window cleaning with a commercial grade power washer is obviously not recommended. As a result, the individual should stick to the soft washing or incorporate hand washing techniques to ensure not the compromise the integrity of the glass. In some instances, the structural framework of the window's encasement will determine if either soft or pressurized techniques are acceptable to use.


When you compare the difference between soft and pressurized washing, you have to first determine which technique is right for your project. Both have their positives and negatives, so understanding each and how they apply to your endeavor is essential in achieving the best outcome. Consult with professionals or the internet, inform yourself and with that information, you will have a better understanding of which one will yield the greatest result.

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