Soft washing is a popular form of home exterior maintenance. This method uses powerful chemicals to clean and sanitize exterior surfaces, as opposed to other methods that usually rely on pressurized water to do the bulk of the cleaning. Due to the reliance on powerful chemicals as opposed to high pressurized water, soft washing is a relatively safe yet effective way to complete necessary home exterior maintenance.
Sodium Hypochlorite is one the main chemicals used during the soft washing process. This chemical is also a main component of household bleach. The only difference between the household bleach usage of sodium hypochlorite, and its use in the soft washing process is that it is used at industrial strength during the soft washing process. Sodium hypochlorite is also commonly used in water purification. The main reason for sodium hypochlorite in soft washing chemical solutions is disinfecting. My using sodium hypochlorite while soft washing you’re able to target stains, dirt, and grime where they originate. Many times exterior surfaces will start collecting algae and fungi bacteria that will eventually buildup into a noticeable stain. Simple pressure washing methods don’t work to sanitize the surface, therefore the bacteria that initially caused the build up will still be present even if the surface looks clean.
Sodium hydroxide is another important chemical used in the soft washing process. This chemical is also known as lye and is a common component of soaps and drain cleaners. Sodium hydroxide is used to clean dirt, algae, and mold.
Both of these chemicals play a pivotal role in the soft washing process. It’s important to note the risks associated with these chemicals as well, though. For example, if not completely washed off these chemicals will continue the natural chemical reaction once it becomes wet again. This can result in damaged siding and/or roofing. The best way to affect adverse effects when using these chemicals is by hiring a professional who is knowledgeable and experienced in the soft washing process.