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Wait! There is a Safer Alternative to Pressure Washing

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Pressure washing might be the first solution that comes to mind when you see dirt or mold around your home. Be aware! Pressure washers can reach up to 4,000 PSI. When pressure is too high, it can lead to permanent scarring of your surfaces. Additionally, pressure washing mold or algae can be a band-aid solution. Alas, there is a safe solution to clean your home or business! Soft washing lasts longer, uses low pressure, and less water.

What is soft washing?

Soft washing is a safe alternative to pressure washing. It uses water-based, biodegradable solutions that suspend dirt and grime. This process dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surface. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four-to-six times longer. Why does it last longer? Pressure washing pushes and spreads mold spores to other areas. These organics are likely to reappear in a short period. However, soft washing kills mold spores before rinsing them away.

What is the process?

First, plan and prepare. We cover all electrical outlets, remove small items, assess the plants, put up caution signs, and run the lines required. Next, a certified soft washing technician will spray affected areas with solutions. These solutions are fed through lines using low-pressure pumps. The first application is a wake-up coat required to open the organic spores. After dwell time, the technician will rinse and apply another application or use a new chemical, depending on the stain type. This process is repeated as many times as needed.

Finally, preserving plant life during the soft washing process is vital. Plant washes and soaking methods must be used before, during, and after the service to neutralize cleaning agents. This ensures your grass, shrubbery, and plants are protected. 

Who is qualified to perform soft washing?

When hiring a soft washing company, it is essential to hire a company requiring all their technicians to undergo a comprehensive training and certification program. Soft washing is chemical-based, so technicians must learn how to protect plant life, understand where chemicals flow, and how to neutralize chemicals adequately. In addition, remember to protect your family by hiring a company that provides proof of insurance (liability and worker’s compensation), a list of references, and professionalism. 

Interested in soft washing? Don’t hesitate, call the professionals at Paneless Home Services today. Paneless is a SoftWash Systems authorized company. Our technicians are certified and receive proper hands-on training. We have the expereince for projects big and small.

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Wait! There is a Safer Alternative to Pressure Washing

soft washing before and after

Pressure washing might be the first solution that comes to mind when you see dirt or mold around your home. Be aware! Pressure washers can reach up to 4,000 PSI. When pressure is too high, it can lead to permanent scarring of your surfaces. Additionally, pressure washing mold or algae can be a band-aid solution. Alas, there is a safe solution to clean your home or business! Soft washing lasts longer, uses low pressure, and less water.

What is soft washing?

Soft washing is a safe alternative to pressure washing. It uses water-based, biodegradable solutions that suspend dirt and grime. This process dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surface. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four-to-six times longer. Why does it last longer? Pressure washing pushes and spreads mold spores to other areas. These organics are likely to reappear in a short period. However, soft washing kills mold spores before rinsing them away.

What is the process?

First, plan and prepare. We cover all electrical outlets, remove small items, assess the plants, put up caution signs, and run the lines required. Next, a certified soft washing technician will spray affected areas with solutions. These solutions are fed through lines using low-pressure pumps. The first application is a wake-up coat required to open the organic spores. After dwell time, the technician will rinse and apply another application or use a new chemical, depending on the stain type. This process is repeated as many times as needed.

Finally, preserving plant life during the soft washing process is vital. Plant washes and soaking methods must be used before, during, and after the service to neutralize cleaning agents. This ensures your grass, shrubbery, and plants are protected. 

Who is qualified to perform soft washing?

When hiring a soft washing company, it is essential to hire a company requiring all their technicians to undergo a comprehensive training and certification program. Soft washing is chemical-based, so technicians must learn how to protect plant life, understand where chemicals flow, and how to neutralize chemicals adequately. In addition, remember to protect your family by hiring a company that provides proof of insurance (liability and worker’s compensation), a list of references, and professionalism. 

Interested in soft washing? Don’t hesitate, call the professionals at Paneless Home Services today. Paneless is a SoftWash Systems authorized company. Our technicians are certified and receive proper hands-on training. We have the expereince for projects big and small.

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Roof Washing

The Best Time for Roof Washing is Coming Soon!

The best time for roof washing is at the start of Fall and before Winter. Soft washing is the safest solution for cleaning all roof styles, such as asphalt shingles, terra cotta, slate, stone, and metal.

Roof washing benefits are:

  • Preventative Care
  • Extend Longevity
  • Restore Natural Appearance
  • Lower Energy Cost

What are common problems found on roofs?

In Texas, the most popular roof style is asphalt shingles due to the economical pricing. However, competitive pricing means manufacturers use fillers such as wood chips and cardboard. Due to these fillers, 80% of shingled roofs will develop moss, mold, and fungus growth problems. These organisms deteriorate your roof, which results in water damage when left unaddressed. Another common problem on roofs is rust and corrosion caused by iron in metal and some natural stones. It is unsightly but can also spread and cause decay.

What is soft washing? Why can’t I pressure wash?

Soft washing is the safe alternative to pressure washing using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surfaces. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four to six times longer. Pressure washing can damage many roof surfaces and cause more problems.

So, what’s the process?

Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactants. Rather than using a pressure washer that may clean but not kill algae, low-pressure pumps spray cleaning solutions. The solutions dwell giving them time to activate. Then a tech will rinse and repeat as many times as needed.

Are my plants affected?

Possibly. However, reputable companies take precautions to help prevent this by watering before, during, and after the process. When the work is complete, a plant wash solution is applied that contains Gypsum. Gypsum neutralizes the effects of sodium hypochlorite and gives the plants nutrients. Covering plants creates a greenhouse effect, so this solution is an option in ideal circumstances only. Plants directly in the roof’s drip line, where no rain gutters are present, are most likely to defoliate or turn brown. This condition, though unsightly, is often temporary.

What if my plants die?

90% of the affected plants usually recover within 90 days. Professionals cover the replacement cost when plants do not return to life after the recovery period.

Is it safe to clean my roof?

Soft washing is the safest solution. Professionals will dilute, divert, and decontaminate any runoff from the roof. Normally, everything is reachable from the edge of the roof. However, walking the roof to access hard-to-reach areas like a chimney may be necessary. In this case, make sure who you hire has safety harnesses, ropes, and lanyards to reduce your liability. Though not required in Texas, worker’s comp further protects you from a home insurance claim if someone is injured on your property.

Get a second opinion before you replace a roof due to discoloration. A local expert in your area is Paneless Home Services. Call (214) 662-2300 for a complimentary consultation.

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Soft Washing 101


Educational material, like books for dummies, exist on so many topics. However, hiring for home services is not one of them. Learn-as-you go or hindsight is twenty-twenty is usually the outcome. Uncommon services, or services new to you, are particularly hard to manage expectations without a guideline. Since soft washing is a very different procedure than traditional pressure washing, these frequently asked questions are a good place to start. These answers address common concerns and equip you to hire with confidence.

Q-What is soft washing?

A-Soft washing is the alternative to pressure washing using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing surfaces. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and last four-to-six times longer.

Q-What is the best time to soft wash?

A-Spring and summer are the most popular times to soft wash pool decks, stone, and siding. However, any sunny day works. Colder or cloudy days may require more applications or longer dwell times. Roof washing is ideal during fall or sunny winter days. If it’s too hot cleaning smaller sections at a time is a must.

Q – Is soft washing safe for plants?

A Professionals take precautions to help prevent damage. Watering before, during, and after greatly reduces the chance of damage. Spraying a plant wash solution containing Gypsum is smart. This neutralizes the effects of sodium hypochlorite and gives the plants a good feeding. In some instances, covering plants is an option . However, this does create a greenhouse effect, so it is only done in ideal circumstances. Plants directly in the drip line of roofs, where no rain gutters are present, are most likely to defoliate or turn brown. This condition, though unsightly, is often temporary. Ninety percent of plants usually recover within ninety days. Seek a reputable company who covers their replacement if necessary.

Q – Is soft washing safe for paint?

A The stream of solution is lighter than the stream from a garden hose. However, while having your roof or home cleaned you could experience some paint flaking. This is a result of poor surface preparation before painting or normal deterioration from weather exposure.

Another rare condition is a change of paint pigment on the painted surface. Paint colors of brown and blue are most susceptible to turning green. Due to this potential problem, a small colorfast test on your paint should be done before cleaning.

Q – How are driveways cleaned?

A When soft washing driveways and walkways, it is imperative to let solutions dwell. Not rinsing achieves a one-hundred percent kill-rate. Rain showers reactivate the solution. Allowing this process keeps your driveway clean four-to six times longer than pressure washing.

Q – Are brass fixtures an issue?

A To prevent damage, techs cover all brass fixtures and rinse thoroughly (if sprayed). Soft washing solutions will not react adversely if the brass is properly maintained. Brass that is already tarnishing, will turn green in some areas.

Q – Is it safe to clean my roof?

AAbsolutely! Soft washing is the best solution for cleaning asphalt shingles, terra cotta, slate, and stone. Professionals dilute, divert, and decontaminate any runoff from the roof. Normally, everything is reachable from the edge of the roof. However, walking the roof to access hard-to-reach areas like a chimney may be necessary. In this case, make sure who you hire has safety harnesses, ropes, and lanyards to reduce your liability. Though not mandatory in Texas, worker’s comp further protects you from a home insurance claim if someone is injured on your property.

QWill my windows have water spots?

A Most professionals include a quote for cleaning windows soft washing affects. This alleviates water spots. Window cleaning is a separate service so be sure to clarify this during the estimate. Hardwater removal is a pre-existing condition caused by sprinklers, pool sweeps, or A/C drip lines, and involves window restoration. Window restoration is an additional service.

QWill water leak inside through my doors and windows?

ANot always, but it is possible if the weather stripping is worn or missing. Place old towels in front of doors and windows while soft washing is in process.   

QIs it safe to swim in the pool afterwards?

A Wait twenty-four hours and monitor chemical levels before swimming. Sodium hypochlorite, the main ingredient for soft washing, is the same chemical in pool shock. Checking the pH and chlorine range in your pool before swimming is exercising an anabundance of caution.

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What is soft washing, can’t I just pressure wash?

Soft washing from of home in Dallas, TX So, what is soft washing? It uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactant to dissolve webs, dirt, and algae. Rather than using pressure washing that may clean but not kill algae, low pressure pumps are used to spray cleaning solutions. They are allowed a dwell time to activate, and then are rinsed thoroughly with soft pressure. Paneless has a multitude of formulas to handle a variety of stains including rust, grease, and mold. Don’t replace siding, stucco, and roofs due to discoloration without consulting a trusted provider on the possibility of soft washing.

Benefits are:

  • Kill mold & algae
  • Remove rust and stains
  • Disintegrate cobwebs & dirt daubers
  • No damage to wood or siding
  • Safe for all roof rinsing
  • Surfaces stay clean longer

Surfaces Best Cleaned by Soft Washing

Soft washing is best for softer surfaces like slate, limestone, and stucco due to their porous composition. Additionally, these softer surfaces are easily scarred by pressure washing too close or using the wrong tips. The safest solution is soft washing.

Surfaces commonly soft washed are:

  • Stucco
  • Limestone
  • Cast stone
  • Whole home rinsing
  • Roof cleaning & chimneys
  • Natural stones

Preserve Plants, Grass, and Trees

Last but not least, it is necessary to preserve plant life. Plant washes and soaking methods before, during, and after service neutralize cleaning agents. This ensures your grass, shrubbery, and plants are not harmed. If this is something you feel unequipped to handle, we can make the experience “Paneless”.  Paneless Home Services is located in Dallas, Texas. Call (214) 662-2300.

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Professional Tips for Pressure Washing and Sealing

Pressure Washing

Summertime means spending more time outdoors by the barbecues and pools. Noticing stains, or drab looking stonework and walkways? If so, now is the best time for pressure washing and sealing. Choose a company with industrial grade washers and the proper tips to address different types of surfaces. Hiring an inexperienced company or attempting to do it yourself could lead to damages. The most common damages are scarring of limestone, stucco, and splintering wood. Soft washing is a gentle technique using low pressure and is the best solution for these type of surfaces.

Commercial grade pressure washers can perform up to 4,000 PSI, and knowing how to use them can save costly damages and replacements. The cleaning process involves applying solutions, allowing dwell time, and then pressure washing with smooth and even strokes. The best mark of an experienced cleaner is no mark at all!

Sealing

Why are sealers Sealing outdoor stone Dallas, TXimportant? First, they protect and prevent stone from mold and algae. Second, they protect surfaces surrounding pools and near sprinklers from flaking and expanding due to chlorine or salt. There are many sealer choices available depending on the look you desire. The two most common are a penetrating topical and a regular penetrating. Topical sealer is for slate and sandstone. It has enhancers available for deeper, richer color. Regular sealer is for concrete and limestone and it does not change the look of the stone. Some sealers have densifiers added that help prevent chalking and flaking. Finally, stone must be dry with no rain in the forecast for 48 hours before applying sealer. Durable sealers are guaranteed for an average of three years.

If you still have questions or would like an evaluation, call Paneless certified specialists at (214) 662-2300.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.