Extending the Life of Your Home’s Paint with Proper Pressure Washing


First impressions are important in all walks of life, and that extends to the first time someone pulls into your driveway. 

Murky, dirty, faded exterior house paint can give the wrong impression, no matter how much time and effort we put into other areas of our home. Considering how busy life gets, often, there’s not enough time in the day to keep up with the demands of homeownership. While it can be tempting to slap a few coats of paint over a dirty exterior, the drawbacks of taking shortcuts will eventually cost you even more time and money. 

That’s where pressure washing and soft washing come in to save the day (and your wallet.) Opting for routine soft washing from a reliable exterior cleaning service is the wisest choice to keep your paint looking fresh and improving its longevity. This article will go over the benefits of pressure washing (and soft washing) and how it can extend the life of your home’s exterior paint. 

Pressure Makes Perfect

While many think blasting our homes with a power washer will do the trick to get all the dirt, algae, mould, and other build up off the paint job, the process of power washing, if done incorrectly, could actually damage, flake, and chip your paint right off. Too much pressure can ruin your exterior paint, so it’s important to opt for the right kind of pressure washing in order to extend the life of your paint job. Soft washing is the safest and most effective way to ensure a deep, long lasting clean without the worry of chipped or flaking paint.

What is Soft Washing?

Soft washing is a method that uses specialised cleaning solutions and a much lower pressure than traditional power washing, which helps to safely and gently remove mould, mildew, algae, bird droppings, bacteria and most stains. Many of these stains can leave lasting damage if not properly cleaned before they can eat away at the paint. Soft washing is done so as to not damage any surface or surrounding property. 

The key to soft washing’s power is a combination of a powerful cleaning solution and just enough pressure to blast away all the dirt, mould, algae, and other pollutants on your exterior paint.r.

The cleaning solutions used for soft washing can come in many formulas, and  sometimes use a mix of bleach and water, but every company is different. 

At Boost Exterior Cleaning, ensuring that we protect the environment and get you a deep clean is our primary priority. This is why we use a biodegradable, eco-friendly solution to ensure your house and the environment stay clean. 

While soft washing extends the life of your old paint job, it can also help with your new one. Making sure all environmental buildup is removed from the exterior of your home is crucial in ensuring that when you apply fresh paint, it won’t clump, warp, or chip off from layers of dirt and grime underneath.

What is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing is the use of a high pressure water sprayer to remove loose paint (not recommended), mould, grime, dirt and other build up on the surfaces of buildings and concrete. Power washing and pressure washing often get mixed up, and while they are very similar, the difference is that power washing uses a heating element, so the water that comes out of a power washer is heated. 

Too much pressure can damage the exterior paint of a home, especially if it is older, but the right amount of pressure can do a great job of removing the dirt and grime of years of season changes and usage. Power washing a home is not recommended, as it can damage the paint. 

Pressure washing requires a skilled professional’s experience to perform properly. Attempts to DIY pressure wash or power wash your home exterior can have disastrous results, including broken windows and fixtures, as well as severe injury.  Always make sure to hire someone who knows the ins and outs so you don’t end up with a bigger mess on your hands.

Why Soft Wash My Home Paint??

  • Dirt and grime that is left on paint will deteriorate the paint over time. Rain and wind agitating buildup will gradually continue to damage the paint. Exterior soft washing removes  dirt, grime, mildew, and mould to prevent this process of advanced deterioration. .
  • Paint can oxidise over time from exposure to the elements, with dark coloured pigments oxidising faster than lighter ones. When you wash your house on a regular (preferably annual) basis, it helps to delay oxidisation and prolongs the life of your paint, saving you thousands of dollars over the years you own your home. 
  • Keep your paint clean so when you decide to repaint, it is much easier to prep for refinishing. Keeping your home’s value high  is extremely important, and washing before painting helps to strip the layers of dirt and other buildup before you start repainting, ensuring better adhesion and longevity for your new paint.
  • And, of course, maintains a great looking paint job all year round! 

Home in Need of a Wash? Contact the Experts at Boost!

​​No job is too big or small for Boost Exterior Cleaning. We specialise in soft washing and we provide a complete exterior cleaning service using the appropriate pressure for the job. 

At Boost, we offer a full range of exterior cleaning services to boost the appearance of your investment. We have the equipment to do the job right and take pride in every job we do. We will assess your premises and determine the best mix of chemicals and pressure to apply to clean your exterior surfaces without damaging your property.

Our cleaning process using the right pressure and chemicals for your job will ensure your building looks its best for years to come. Get your free quote today!

Located in Tarragindi and serving the Southside of the Brisbane area, we specialise in:

  • Softwashing
  • Industrial surface cleaning
  • Pressure cleaning
  • Commercial building exterior cleaning
  • House washing
  • Parking lots
  • Driveway pressure cleaning
  • Concrete cleaning
  • Body Corporate cleaning
  • Concrete & Tile sealing
  • Pre-sale house washing
  • End of lease cleaning
  • Tennis court cleaning
  • Shopping Centres
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