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What Can You Softwash? - Softwashing Services

If there’s one way to break the ice in a tense situation, then it has to be a throwaway comment about the British weather. We can all agree that summer seems to last two weeks each year, with plenty of rain, wind, and the occasional snow flurry is thrown into the mix too.

However, mild, wet winter months provide the best breeding grounds for growing algae, moss, and organic substances. It seems almost overnight, a massive swathe of organic growth has begun to dominate your building's rendered facade.

At the same time, carbon pollutants begin to stain the exterior, caused by passing traffic and emissions in the atmosphere. Rainwater can also cause rust stains to appear in ghastly streaks down the exterior too.

Whatever the cause, property managers understand the stains on their render property create an aesthetic problem that needs rectifying. However, soft washing these stains is the best course of action to take to protect the render. This blog will explain how and why soft washing is often the best answer to ensure a cost-effective render cleaning solution for your building. 

What Can be Soft Washed? 

Every hard external surface can be cleaned using the soft washing method, including:

So long as the surface has organic growth, it can be treated and cleaned using soft washing.

Soft Washing Walls

The great British weather routinely causes havoc to a building’s exterior walls. The rain lashes down, bringing acid in the rainwater to leave its mark on the beautiful, rendered surface. Algae, moss, and lichen seemingly spring up out of nowhere. Black streaks dominate the render, caused by carbon pollutants, while rust streaks cause the heart to sink.

Whatever stain has appeared on your rendered walls, it needs to be treated swiftly and correctly. While pressure washing initially appearing to have done the trick, it will cause damage to the brickwork, invalidating your warranty. Furthermore, pressure washing only treats the surface, leaving whatever caused the staining to remain and grow. 

On the other hand, soft washing is a gentle treatment that protects the rendered walls and gets to the root of the stain. When it comes to cleaning walls, soft washing is a great option to consider. 

Soft Washing Roofs

Algae growth is most often found on roofs, leaving its signature green streaks spread across the substrate. Algae thrive in humid conditions, feeding off the moisture within the brickwork to multiply and grow. The longer the algae is left, the harder it is to remove, as it penetrates the roof structure. 

The roof can begin to erode and rot, taking up to 10 years off the life of a roof. Soft washing a roof is the best way to effectively remove algae without damaging the roofs structure or invalidating a warranty. 

Pressure washing, even at low pressure, can compromise the integrity of the roof tiles due to the damage caused by the water pressure that’s applied. Also, pressure washing doesn’t get to the root of the problem. It’s only scrubbing the surface without removing algae that have grown in, around, and under the tiles. 

The soft washing technique does the opposite by removing all the algae growth that’s set into the roof while protecting the roofing structure at the same time. 

Soft Washing Cladding

Whether it is concrete, plastics, aluminium, composite, stainless steel, or glass, cladding is designed to be weatherproof and protect the structural framework of the building.

However, this often is misinterpreted as meaning cladding is suitable for pressure washing. That might be the case in certain situations, but pressure washing often creates long-term damage to the cladding.

Therefore soft washing cladding is often a better option as it completely avoids any risk of further damage to the cladding structure itself. Soft washing is not only a better option when working at height but will also completely kill and remove the cause of the stains, with results usually lasting at least three times as long as pressure washing. 

What are the Benefits of Soft Washing?

Soft washing uses low pressure and a specialist cleaning solution to safely treat the stains that have appeared on walls, cladding, and roofs. A combination of chemicals and high temperatures applied without the force that comes with high-pressure washing not only protects the substrate but effectively removes the fungus, moss, algae, mildew, and other stains which have appeared.   

A specialist cleaning contractor should be the only one to carry out soft washing. Spectrum’s expert team are more than happy to advise on the best solution to soft wash your building’s cladding, walls, and roof. Contact us today to discuss your softwashing needs!

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