How Does a SoftWash System Work?

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If you have heard of softwashing before, you probably already know that it is a gentle method of cleaning surfaces. In contrast to pressure washing, which is abrasive and potentially damaging at about 1,300 psi, softwashing uses biodegradable chemicals and little to no pressure (lower than 1,000 psi) that will prevent structural damage to the surface it is washing.

How Does a SoftWash System Work?

However, even if you know what softwashing is, chances are you don’t know much about the equipment or chemicals involved in the process. Here’s what you need to know about how a SoftWash system works:


There are many different types of SoftWash systems, from simple ones to more complex ones. The simplest SoftWash system usually has the following equipment: a tank, pump, hose, and spray gun. It’s fairly self-explanatory what each part does. The equipment applies a specialized mix of chemicals to the surface, treating the problem, whether it is mold, bacteria, stains, or a combination of them.


Softwashing involves a combination of chemicals to treat the problem. These might include algaecides, bleach, and surfactants. Algaecides and bleach help to kill any mold, algae, mildew, and fungi that might be growing on your roof, siding, gutters, or other surfaces. Surfactants, on the other hand, help to loosen dirt.

You can count on our team of skilled professionals at West Virginia SoftWash to use a highly effective SoftWash system when you request our services. If you are interested in any of our softwashing services such as brick, concrete, deck, driveway, fence, gutter, roof, or siding softwashing, give us a call today!