What is Pressure Washing, Power Washing, and Soft Washing?


The distinctions between Pressure Washing, Power Washing, and Soft Washing are more than just terminology. These cleaning methods involve varying water pressures, temperatures, and cleaning solutions tailored to different surfaces and levels of grime.

When it comes to maintaining the exterior of your home in East Texas, McFly Pressure Washing is your go-to expert. The differences between Pressure Washing, Power Washing, and Soft Washing must be completely understood, acknowledging the impact that each cleaning method may have on the aesthetic and longevity of your home’s exterior. Let’s explore the differences in these cleaning methods and how they can rejuvenate your property. 


  • Pressure Washing

    Pressure Washing is the use of high-pressure water to clean dirt and debris from hard surfaces such as concrete and brick. Technicians may utilize a variety of tools such as surface cleaners and wands depending on the type and size of surface being cleaned.

  • Power Washing

    Similar to pressure washing, but with near boiling water, Power Washing is used interchangeably with Steam Cleaning. The use of heated water allows for increased cleaning ability as well as the disinfecting properties that come with high-heat. Power Washing is typically utilized for stubborn stains and contaminated spaces such as dumpster pads.

  • Soft Washing

    Soft Washing is a low-pressure cleaning method that utilizes the cleaning effects of varying detergents. Soft Washing is beneficial for home and building exteriors where Pressure Washing or Power Washing would likely cause damage. Concerning algae removal, soft washing kills algae and keeps it away, whereas Pressure Washing or Power Washing is merely a temporary fix since the algae will grow back.

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Residential Services

House Washing

Grime, algae, mildew, mold, and other pollutants can build up and wreak havoc on the exterior surfaces of your home. It is very important to have your home’s exterior soft-washed regularly. 

Commercial Services

Apartment Complex Cleaning

Apartment complex building exteriors, breezeways, sidewalks, stairwells, windows, tennis courts, parking lots, and sidewalk areas can all benefit from Pressure Washing, Power Washing, and Soft Washing. 

Commercial Services

Dumpster Pad Washing

Dumpsters are unsanitary by nature. The pad the dumpster sits on is subject to spills and leaks all day long. Not to mention, a dumpster pad is a breeding ground for diseases and pest infestation. Dumpster Pad Cleaning is integral to your regular maintenance schedule. 

Water Efficiency in Pressure Washing

Contrary to popular belief, high-pressure washing is more water-efficient than traditional methods. The targeted use of water uses less resources than other cleaning methods. At the same time, pressure washing will typically produce a better end-result. 

Choosing the Right Cleaning Method for Your Home

The decision between power washing, pressure washing, and soft washing depends on your home’s specific needs. For homes with delicate siding materials, soft washing is often the preferred choice, minimizing the risk of damage while ensuring thorough cleaning. 

Why Soft Washing is Often the Preferred Choice

Soft washing is particularly beneficial for residential properties, offering a safe and effective way to clean without compromising the integrity of your home’s exterior. It’s an ideal method for preserving your home’s beauty while eliminating harmful elements. 

Soft Washing with a Pressure Washer

McFly Pressure Washing utilizes specialized systems and tanks for soft washing that are separate from the pressure washing systems. These systems allow for Mcfly Pressure Washing’s Technicians to efficiently and thoroughly clean your home’s exterior. 

The Role of Chemicals in Soft Washing

Our proprietary chlorine-based cleaning agents are designed to be effective and able to be diluted, allowing for a thorough clean with minimal risk of property damage. 



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Shaun Stewart
Shaun Stewart
17:13 31 Jan 24
Hayden did a knock up job on our historic house! Could not have been happier with the results and his customer service. He was super careful with our roses and other plants when he was working. Will definitely be using McFly again, without a doubt!!
Hayden Cox
Hayden Cox
19:13 22 Jan 24
McFly cleaned the sidewalks and vynil siding of my house. They were on time, professional and had great pricing. They did an amazing job and went above and beyond. I will definitely be using them again.
Bailey Clements
Bailey Clements
19:14 29 Nov 23
Professional work appreciated they could do the job the next day instead of having to wait! Highly recommend them my house looks great! Will definitely be a repeat customer.
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