Water is a powerful tool in a variety of fields. Human civilization has harnessed its power in various ways since the dawn of civilization. Humanity continually utilizes water to help grow crops, power machines, and help keep our lives clean. Though water is an excellent tool for washing, it can’t produce results alone. Soaps and other cleaning agents are needed in order to properly clean surfaces and objects. Sometimes, though, even soap and water is not enough to get the job done. One of the more common ways to ensure cleaning is performed more effectively, especially over a large surface, is through the use of pressure.
Understandably, one such cleaning method is called pressure washing. It utilizes high powered, pressurized water to help clean large surfaces or surfaces with heavy dirt and grime buildup. The biggest downside to pressure washing is that not every surface can handle the pressure, so to speak. While brick walls and asphalt can handle pressure washing just fine, items like glass would shatter or break if it was used to try and get them clean.
Sometimes, lower pressure is needed to ensure the safe cleaning of a surface when hand washing would be time consuming or difficult. The use of lower pressure to clean objects is called soft washing. If you have ever taken a car through an automated carwash, then you have witnessed soft washing in action. Obviously, pressure washing would shatter windows and damage the surface of the car. Soft washing doesn’t have those problems, so is ideal for cleaning surfaces less durable than a brick wall.
There are other benefits of soft washing as well. it uses less water than pressure washing or its heat-induced equivalent, power washing, and is thus more environmentally friendly. Water shortages can be a reoccurring concern in some regions, so less water use is great for conservationist and environmentally minded cleaning. To make it even more environmentally friendly, some companies are using natural, non-toxic soaps and detergents to ensure further ethical and naturally-minded cleaning experiences.
Of course, such cleaning agents could be used with pressure washing as well, but pressure washing uses more water thanks to the higher pressures involved, if that wasn’t obvious. It might not be much, be even the reduced water usage of soft washing can make a difference. Not only is it better for the environment, less water used means a lower water bill, which is good for whoever pays the bills, be it a car wash, a cleaning surface, or someone at home cleaning their car.
When it comes to the professional debate between soft washing and pressure washing, which is better depends partially and personal preference, overall soft washing has a lot going for it, but the lack of high pressure might be a problem for especially stubborn dirt or grease. Most of the time, however, soft washing is perfectly capable of getting the job done. Automated car washes wouldn’t be so popular if soft washing wasn’t so cost effective and good at cleaning, after all.