Soft Washing 101: What is Soft Washing?


Power washing may not be the best solution for many exterior cleaning projects — this is true when it comes to washing the exterior of your house, as power washing can easily damage softer surfaces and it can even ruin your paint if you are not careful. 

A far gentler and more effective solution is soft washing. A soft wash can successfully remove dirt, mould and grime from the exterior of your home, while ensuring that the paint, brickwork and glass stay intact and damage free. So what exactly is soft washing, and why should you consider it as the best cleaning solution for your home? 

What Is Soft Washing? 

Soft Washing is a technique utilising a very low pressure power washer that relies on specialised chemicals to help remove dirt, grime and buildup from the exterior of your home. Instead of blasting dirt away with high pressure, a chemical solution is sprayed onto the exterior of your home, and it is gradually rinsed off along with any debris, mould and dirt, leaving your house looking clean and boosting your curb appeal.

What Are The Benefits of Soft Washing? 

Soft Washing has a number of benefits compared to other home cleaning methods. Not only is it safe on fragile glass doors and stucco walls, but it also offers many added benefits that other options don’t provide. 

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Before and After Softwashing


#1. Nothing Else Kills Mould and Algae

The chemicals used in soft washing offer benefits that power washing simply can not. For one, the cleaning solutions contain a blend of chemicals that remove mould, mildew, bacteria, and microorganisms that could be harmful to you and your family. 

In most cases, a combination of water, bleach, and surfactant is used to loosen up dirt, mould, and grime, while disinfecting surfaces to prevent future mould buildup. While power washing will blast away visible grime, it cannot kill the spores left behind. The chemicals used in soft washing ensure that the spores from fungus and algae are broken down and removed from your home’s exterior.

#2. Hard To Reach Areas are No Problem 

A Soft Wash allows you to get up close to many problem areas in your home’s exterior. Since soft washing techniques are gentle, the professionals coming to clean your home can get into areas that could be potentially hazardous to reach with a high-intensity power washer. 

Soft washing professionals can help get your windows, gutters, and walls clean of surface contaminants quickly and effectively, which helps preserve the integrity of your home’s exterior. 

#3. Preventing Damage

A soft wash can prevent some of the damage associated with more traditional power washing techniques. If you were to use a high-pressure power washer on your walls and windows, you might risk paint flaking or even broken glass panes, especially if you attempt to DIY the process. High pressure water can also work its way inside the walls with the risk of water damage, smell and mould.

A soft wash, on the other hand, does not carry the same risks. Lower pressure and more specialised chemicals makes for a safer exterior cleaning and gives your home a deep clean without the concerns that come along with high-pressure washing.

#4. Extend the Life of Your Paint

Mould, algae, and mildew can break down your paint. As we touched on earlier, soft washing kills and removes mould, algae, and mildew from your walls permanently, protecting from future damage as undesired buildup sits on its surface.

#5. Keeping Your Home Healthy

Grime, dirt, pollen, and mould present potential health hazards for you and your family. The best way to ensure that these are removed and don’t return is to permanently eliminate them from the exterior surface of your home. This is precisely what soft washing is designed to do, and why it offers the best option for Brisbane homeowners.

#6. You Can Save Money

While it may sound straightforward to create a bleach cleaning solution yourself, and to spray your house down, the truth is that your DIY project is likely to cost more money and hassle than you imagined. 

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
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