Soft Washing Services Surrey & Sussex

Professional low pressure render cleaning & soft wash across the South East including Surrey, East Sussex, Kent, London & Essex

We are a professional, experenced soft washing and render cleaning company based in Kent and operating across the south east region of the UK.

What is soft washing?

Soft wash is a technique developed to clean outdoor areas and hard surfaces at a very low pressure and utilising specalist cleaning products. These products are specifically developed to effectively clean and remove staining caused by black, green, red algae, mould, mildew, moss, lichen and other biological stains.

Soft washing is particularly effective for cleaning more fragile outdoor surfaces that could be damaged by high powered pressure washing. It is specifically intended and developed for :

  • render cleaning, K Rend, Weber Rend, Monocouche
  • brickwork
  • painted walls
  • UPVC and timber cladding cleaning
  • exterior house and building cleaning
  • roofs and roof tile cleaning
  • awning and canvas cleaning
  • shop canopies
House rendered wall before & after

Soft washng is defined in Wikipedia as : Soft washing is a low pressure cleaning process commonly used to safely treat and remove organic matter: mildew, bacteria, algae, fungus, moss, lichens in addition to dirt, grime and spiderwebs. Soft washing originated as an alternative to power washing where high pressure can cause damages.


Soft washing can be adapted for all exterior house and building cleaning, patios and outdoor areas. At Gleam Team we also use soft wash for cleaning pattern imprinted concrete driveways and also sometimes for natural stone patios made of Indian Sandstone or limestone. The very low pressure and gentle pressure involved with soft wash makes it a safer opton for soft stone or cracked imprinted concrete, amongst other things.

How is soft wash different to pressure washing?

Jet washing or pressure washing are both the same thing and rely on the power of high pressure water being blasted against a surface to clean it. It is the perfect method of cleanng block paved driveways or concrete patio slabs, but clearly this is not a sensible way of cleaning soft rendered walls or brickwork. Our brick, wall and render cleaning services in Surrey, West Sussex and the south east are always done at low pressure. We follow the best practices recommended in the UK’s Code of Practice for Cleaning and Surface Repair of Buildings 2000 , for cleaning natural stone, brick, terracotta and concrete.

This code clearly states that building cleaning should be done using the lowest possible pressure and the minimum amount of water necessary. House exterors should not be subjected to excessve pressure or water saturation. In addition to the damage that can be caused by blasting render or to the bric face or mortar joints, water could also penetrate into a wall and freeze during winter months. Frozen water expands in volume and could cause or worsen cracks in a wall as it continues through a freeze – thaw cycle.

Soft wash brick cleaning in Sussex, Surrey and Essex

Exterior house and building cleaning in Surrey, Sussex, Essex and the south east needs to be done by experienced professionals such as Maidstone Gleam Team.

To put the different water pressures involved with soft wash and jet wash into some context, our professional pressure washers operate at up to 4000 PSI (pounds per square inch) whereas soft wash is a gentle pressure with less power than a garden hose. It’s the specialist cleaning soaps and products used in soft washing that makes it so effective.

We can safely clean away even the most heavy algae staining on brickwork and restore domestic and commercial buildings and walls. We can also treat the surfaces with the market leading biocide for long lasting residual protection against re-colonisation. The photos below show brick walls with heavy black staining that makes them look dirty and neglected. However, the black stains are in fact black algae and untreated it has allowed the algae colonisation to multiply and get heavier and heavier. and spread to other parts of the wall. It has reached the point where the bricks are smothered in a dense layer of algae and lichen.

As a result it has turned the perimeter walls of an exclusive residential area in Surrey into an eyesore that look old, dirty and in need of replacement. But of course, nothing so drastic is required and we were soon able to get the brickwork looking like new again with our professional soft washing services in Surrey.

What cleaning products and chemicals are used in soft washing?

Here at Gleam Team we use only safe and approved products that have been specially designed and developed for removing algae – black, green, yellow and red algae, mould, moss, lichen black spots and other tough staining from external areas and hard surfaces such as rendered walls, monocouche, Weber Rend, K Rend, pebbledash, brick, block pa