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Frequently Asked Pressure Washing Questions - Answered By Southern Pride Softwash

Being the supreme authority on all things pressure washing in Chapin comes with certain responsibilities, not the least of which is answering pressing pressure washing questions. We get a lot of questions about soft washing and how, when, and why to use it in house washing and roof cleaning applications, so let’s start there.

What’s The Difference Between Pressure Washing and Soft Wash?

Pressure washing uses the natural cleansing power of water, focused at extremely high pressure to flush away dirt, stains, and organic growths from hard, durable surfaces like concrete, brick, and metal. Some surfaces require less power and more TLC because high pressure can damage shingles, shake, siding, and more fragile, malleable surfaces.

Our soft washing professionals use eco-friendly cleaning solutions specially formulated for each surface to pre-treat and soak fragile surfaces and kill organic contaminants and melt away dirt, grime, and stains. Then we use no-pressure and low-pressure washing to cleanse and rinse the surface. Soft washing is the preferred method for roof cleaning, house washing, and pine or cedar fencing.


How Often Should I Have My House Washed?

Of course, the primary consideration is if it looks good to you. But if your home’s siding is a different color than what it started as, it’s probably time for a wash. South Carolina weather can be harsh and unpredictable. Rain, snow, high humidity, and dry conditions all pose unique challenges to keeping your home looking new. The shaded areas of your home are more prone to fungus, mold, and mildew growth, so it’s difficult to predict when your siding will need future cleaning. When in doubt, call the house washing experts at Southern Pride Softwash for a free estimate.

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What Are Those Black Streaks On My Roof?

Often black streaks are a strain of algae called gloeocapsa magma, but it could also be fungus, mildew, or algae, all of which can be harmful to roofing materials. It’s just an undeniable fact that the extremes of South Carolina weather are rough on roofs. The humidity from Lake Murray and the Saluda River create the perfect breeding ground for organic growths like mold, mildew, and algae.

When you add bird droppings to that equation, you’ve got a breeding machine for damaging organisms that literally eat through your roofing materials, eventually creating leaks and compromising structure to the point of expensive roof replacement. Of course, it might just be dirt or leaf stains, but either way, we’ll get rid of it for you and leave your roof looking brand new again.

Do You Work With Commercial Clients?

Yes. From maximum pressure commercial pressure washing for your sidewalks, parking lots, and rust removal, to soft washing for storefront cleaning, building washing, and fleet cleaning, we’ve got the equipment, knowledge, and determination for any commercial cleaning project, large or small.

At Southern Pride Softwash, we take great pride in the fact that so many South Carolina businesses trust us with their exterior cleaning, and we know that we’re judged on every job we complete, so we always stove for absolute cleaning perfection. Fast, reliable, and affordable, but with a meticulous attention-to-detail that will have your business property looking its best, Southern Pride Softwash is the smartest local choice for smart local business owners.

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