Frequently Asked Questions:
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What is the difference between pressure washing and soft washing?
This is a common question as the term soft washing has really started to catch on over the past few years. Soft washing is a low pressure approach to cleaning a surface utilizing soaps and detergents to release a stain instead of high-pressure water. Surfaces such as stucco, wood, vinyl siding, and any painted surface would benefit from soft washing. Porous surfaces like stone and brick tend to hold stains and need a bit more pressure to release the dirt.
What is the difference between power washing and pressure washing?
There is no difference between the two terms. Either phrase can be used for our service. Do not be concerned about the term “power” or “pressure”. GreenLine Home Washing technicians are trained to use the correct pressure to clean each surface.
How often should I have my property pressure washed?
Depending on the areas being washed and the surrounding landscape, it can range from a quarterly service all the way up to every two years. Houses with a lot of trees and shade are more prone for algae growth, and will likely need frequent cleanings. Weather also makes a difference. In years with higher rainfall, we tend to see more green and black organic growth on the exterior surfaces. Especially in corners or areas that do not see much sunlight. In years of low rainfall, we tend to see more cobwebs as spiders are actively making webs. Your cleaning preferences will ultimately determine the right schedule for your property. Once you have your home looking great, we can put together a maintenance plan to make sure it stays that way.
How is pricing for pressure washing service determined?
The cost for each pressure washing service depends on the size of your home, siding type, the condition of your home, the time required, and other factors unique to your home.
Why do I need my house soft washed?
It is important to maintain a clean property for aesthetic value, curb appeal, and providing lasting protection against building material degradation. When mold, mildew, algae, and other airborne contaminants are allowed to remain on the exterior surfaces of a property, they will contribute to premature paint failure and can also cause permanent staining on your siding materials, concrete, and gutters. The root system will grow into surfaces, causing them to split and crack.
Pressure washing your home's exterior is an easy and affordable way to improve the appearance of your home. Homes with brick and stucco siding can also be washed if done correctly. Did you know you can add as much as 5 to 10% to the value of your home by presenting it in a clean, well taken care of state?
Another reason is health. Algae, mildew and mold are not good for your respiratory system and can create allergies. If your home is washed regularly, the mildew cannot spread to the inside of your home and start new growth inside.
Why should I pressure wash my concrete?
Concrete cleaning is as much protection as it is aesthetic. Pressure washing concrete removes built-up dirt and grime and prevent a slippery surface. Concrete can become a breeding ground for algae. This is especially important around steps, swimming pools, driveways, and sidewalks.
What is the difference between GPM and PSI?
GPM stands for gallons per minute while PSI stands for pounds per square inch. The GPM is a measurement of how much water comes out of a pressure washer. PSI is a measurement of how strong the force of water is coming out. This means that the PSI is what provides the power to penetrate deeper into the pores of the surface and gallons per minute is what allows you to spread the work over a larger area.
A machine with a high PSI, but low GPM will result in a machine that can clean small areas well but is insufficient for cleaning larger projects. On the other end would be a machine with high gallons per minute, but low PSI. This machine would be great for rinsing dirt away, but would not be great for removing tough stains.
The effectiveness of a pressure washer depends on how the PSI and GPM work in tandem. Generally, having a pressure washer with high figures for both GPM and PSI means a faster and easier time in cleaning. The key thing to remember when it comes to power washer GPM versus PSI is that these have to work together. This means that both should match well for optimal cleaning results.
Why should I choose a professional to pressure wash my home?
Pressure washing can quickly become a science project without proper experience. The surface, cleaning products, pressure, and type of pressure washers you are using all play a vital role in how clean your surface will get. More importantly, for how long they stay clean. GreenLine Home Washing Services understands what it takes to clean even the most difficult surfaces. From vinyl siding or concrete, stucco or paver stones we have the products, equipment and insurance to guarantee you a clean surface every time.
Will high pressure damage my home?
If used incorrectly, yes. High pressure can wreak havoc on your home surfaces. Without proper training, you can rip the siding off a home, etch a deck, cause permanent damage, or inflict injury if high pressure touches skin or clothing. Our fully insured and skilled technicians will deliver perfect care to your home. GreenLine Home Washing Services uses only safe and tested methods for power washing.
Do I have to be home on the day of service?
GreenLine Home Washing Services technicians work around your schedule! We provide convenient cleaning services in which you don’t even need to be at your property while we are on the job. We even take before and after photos!
If you are not going to be home on the day of service, please remember to close all windows, clear your driveway, and move exterior decorations around your home and deck.