Eco Clean Northwest – Roof Cleaning: What You Need to Know!

When it comes to roof maintenance, cleaning the roof’s surface is a must. But shingles can be more fragile than you would expect, so the company that you hire to do your cleaning does matter. At Eco Clean Northwest, we only use the best methods, tools, and chemicals for our customers. We have both the industry experience, training, and equipment to know what will help with maintenance and what can cause damage that leads to needing unnecessary repairs. So before you choose a company, make sure that you know what safe and effective roof cleaning is and why you should only hire a company that knows the difference.

Pressure and Power Washing – How Do They Differ?

People looking for roof cleaning often Google “pressure washing,” but that is not exactly what you want. Granted, pressure washing is a technique that people often mistakenly use interchangeably with both power washing and soft washing. However, the three options are actually different. Pressure and power washing use high-powered water to remove dirt and debris. Power washing uses either warm or hot water in addition to high pressure. Pressure and power washing are great choices for surfaces that are solid and sturdy, like concrete and masonry.

What is Soft Washing ?

“Soft washing” is a term that we use in the industry to describe a process that uses a cleaning detergent (Sodium Hypochlorite) along with specialized soap, that has the ability to remove algae, moss, mold, mildew and dirt from exterior surfaces without the need of high pressure in the cleaning process. This drastically reduces chances of damaging cleaning surfaces, and is much more effective.

How Pressure and Power Washing Can Damage Your Roof!

Before you hire a pressure washing company, it is important to understand that using a pressure or power washer on your roof will wear away the granules of your shingled roof taking years off it’s life, and over time, that can lead to the need for unnecessary repairs – or worse, premature roof replacement. We recommend that you never pressure wash your roof. So before you choose someone to clean your roof, make sure that you ask specifically which method they will use. If they don’t know what soft washing or safe practices are, it is a good idea to continue to look around.

As we head into 2022, many will resolve to make this New Year one where we commit to being a better version of ourselves. If you have any exterior cleaning on your to-do list for the upcoming year, make sure that you hire a pressure washing company that understands the difference between pressure, power, and soft washing, especially when it involves your roof. If they don’t know, that is just one more reason to forget them and hire us! Contact us today and make sure that the job is done correctly!

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