Soft Washing Explained

What is Soft Washing? SoftWashing Services in Kent & London

Gleam Team Cleaning Services & Garden Maintenance – 07581 681994

Gleam Team Cleaning Services are based in Maidstone and provide exterior cleaning services, including soft washing, throughout Kent, London and the south east region.

This post from our blog discusses softwashing, what it is and exterior surfaces suitable for soft wash cleaning.

Roof before & after soft washing by Gleam Team

Soft Washing is defined in Wikipedia as

‘ a cleaning method using low pressure and specialized solutions (typically bleach, water, and sometimes a surfactant) to safely remove mildew, bacteria, algae and other organic stains from roofs and other building exteriors. It is so named to differentiate the method from power washing. The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association recommends low-pressure bleach or detergent assisted washing as the preferred method for cleaning asphalt and shingle roofs in order to prevent damage to the shingles. ‘

It is a more gentle alternative to high powered pressure cleaning that safely and effectively cleans exterior surfaces. It is particularly suited to areas that should not be subjected to jet washing as they may be damaged by blasting them with high pressure water.

Soft washing was originally designed for roof cleaning and flat roofs, roof felt and asphalt and is also the best and safest method of exterior building cleaning, wall cleaning, fascia, soffit and cladding cleaning and Indian Sandstone patio cleaning.

The cleaning power comes from the specialist cleaning chemicals that are used that can be sodium hypochlorite based or contain other products suitable for exterior cleaning that are powerful cleansers and safe to use on all surfaces including roof tiles, UPVC, cladding, timber, render, K Rend , coloured render and monocouche and natural stone patios.

As they are delivered at low pressure it elimnates the risks involved with jet washing.

Indian Sandstone patio before and after soft washing by Maidstone Gleam Team

Our patio and driveway cleaning service is available in Maidstone, Medway, Tonbridge, Ashford and Canterbury, Gravesend, Bromley, Orpington and Bexleyheath and south London and east London.

Exterior house and building cleaning in Sussex and Surrey

Word of our expertise and affordable prices has meant enquiries and us working further afield throughout the south east and we now offer our roof cleaning services and moss removal, wall and render cleaning services and building and house external cleaning in Surrey, London and East Sussex.

We also offer professional after builder’s cleaning post construction for new builds or renovation projects.

For more information on any of our exterior services please call 07581 681994 or email using Contact Us. Our blog also has helpful articles on various outdoor cleaning and sealing issues such as causes of lime bloom or efflorescence and its removal, gallery of our work, paving sealers and more.

References – Wikipedia contributors. (2019, May 25). Soft washing. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21:58, October 10, 2019, from

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