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Fernandina Beach Soft Washing

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We’re dedicated to providing top-notch soft washing services to homeowners in Fernandina Beach and the surrounding area. We understand that your home is your life, and we're committed to ensuring it looks its best.

Safe Cleaning Methods

Our soft washing technique is gentle yet effective. It's perfect for removing dirt, grime, mold, and other buildup from your home's roof and exterior. We use cleaning solutions that are safe for your home, and we know how to get the job done right.

Variety of Services

We offer various exterior cleaning services, including house washing, roof cleaning, solar panel cleaning, gutter cleaning and more. Whether you need a one-time cleaning or regular maintenance, we've got you covered.

Commitment

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our commitment to customer satisfaction. We know that you have many choices when it comes to exterior cleaning services. Still, we're confident that our quality work and exceptional customer service set us apart from the competition.

So why wait? Contact us today to schedule your roof cleaning / soft wash and see the difference that Fernandina Beach Exterior Cleaning can make for your home!

Soft Wash

What Is Meant By Soft Washing?

Soft washing is the industry-standard method for cleaning delicate outdoor surfaces such as roofs and siding because it can remove buildup without causing damage to the surface

Traditional pressure washing uses high-pressure water to blast away dirt and grime. Soft washing relies on gentle, low-pressure streams of water to apply specialized cleaning solutions to safely and effectively clean surfaces.

Applied solutions are formulated to break down and kill mold, algae, and other organic matter without damaging the surface being cleaned. 

Our No Pressure Soft Washing Process

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Preparing the Area 

Before we can do anything to your home's exterior, it's important that we prep the area. Depending on the project, this can include removing debris from the roof, clearing out gutters, covering electrical outlets and other electronics, moving or protecting important items, and soaking plants.

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Soft Washing the Area

Once anything we don't want washed is protected, we'll begin to apply the cleaning solution using our low pressure water system. Often times, we can wash the entire from the ground. But if required, we'll get on a ladder or on the roof to ensure the targeted area is cleaned properly. 

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Protecting Your Plants

The only way to effectively remove unsightly algae and mold on a roof is by using a cleaning solution. With all cleaning agents, it's important to be extra careful when using them around organic matter. That's why we soak plants before, during, and after a roof clean – ensuring no cleaning agents are left on surrounding plants. 

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Fernandina Beach Soft Washing

Are soft washes worth it?

Soft washes can be worth it depending on the specific cleaning needs and the condition of the surfaces being cleaned. Here are some factors to consider:

Cleaning Delicate Surfaces

Soft washing is particularly beneficial for delicate surfaces such as vinyl siding, stucco, painted surfaces, and roofs. High-pressure or power washing can potentially damage these surfaces, while soft washing provides a gentle yet effective cleaning method.

Long-lasting Exterior Cleaning Results

Soft washing utilizes specialized cleaning solutions that remove dirt and stains and kill and remove algae, mildew, and other organic matter. This can result in longer-lasting cleanliness and help prevent the regrowth of these contaminants.

Home and Environmental Safety

Soft washing involves the use of common cleaning solutions that are less harmful to the environment, plants, and animals compared to harsh chemicals or excessive pressure that can cause harm or damage.

Comprehensive Exterior Cleaning Method

Soft washing reaches into the nooks, crannies, and porous surfaces that may be missed by high-pressure washing. It can effectively clean and rejuvenate the appearance of surfaces, removing dirt, stains, and organic growth from even the most challenging areas.

Professional Expertise vs. DIY Washing

Hiring a soft washing service professional ensures the cleaning is done correctly, using the appropriate equipment and techniques. Professionals have the knowledge and experience to assess the condition of surfaces and select the right cleaning solutions for optimal results.

How often should you soft wash your house?

It depends on factors like the climate and surrounding environment, which will determine the amount of dirt, mold, or algae buildup your house experiences. But as a general rule of thumb, soft washing your house every 1 to 3 years is the ideal frequency to maintain its cleanliness and prevent a build-up of contaminants.

Northeast Florida is known for its high humidity and shady, wooded areas. And with it being a coastal region, homes in this area may require more frequent soft washing due to increased exposure to moisture and organic growth. Similarly, if you notice visible signs of dirt, stains, or mold on your house's exterior, it's a good indication that it's time to schedule a soft wash.

Regularly inspecting your house's siding, roof, and other exterior surfaces can help determine when soft washing is necessary. If you're not sure if it's time, ask a professional to have a look. They should be able to provide specific recommendations based on your unique circumstances and ensure that your house remains clean and well-maintained over time.

Last, if you're considering selling your home or having it appraised, having it soft-washed is a great idea. This will ensure your home has as much curb appeal as possible.

What chemicals do you use for soft washing?

The primary chemical used for soft washing is sodium hypochlorite (SH), commonly known as bleach. It's a very effective method to remove algae, mildew, and mold from surfaces.

Before you get worried about the environment or reject soft washing altogether, there are a few things you need to understand.

  1. Sodium hypochlorite is used all the time and for wide variety of applications. It's the main ingredient in pool chlorine, so it's safe to say it's not particularly harmful to humans as long as it's not consumed. That also means that due to evaporation, bleach is entering the atmosphere all the time, and experts have found that it doesn't create a considerable hazard for humans or the environment.
  2. It rapidly breaks down, meaning it doesn't stay in the environment long. Environmental protection agencies have done a lot of experimentation with bleach and have found that when it is used appropriately, it can be environmentally safe for it to reenter the ecosystem.
  3. Sodium hypochlorite kills organic life, which is why it's the ideal solution to use for soft washing. Surrounding your house is plants, meaning it could harm them as well. But it's only harmful to plants if it is highly concentrated or left on a plant for too long. The easiest way to combat this is to dilute your cleaning solution before applying it to your surface and water plants before, during, and after cleaning to wash off the solution from plants. As we like to say, "The solution to pollution is dilution." 
  4. It is harmful to aquatic life. That said, if your home is near a body of water or has a marine enclosure near your cleaning area, you must take extreme precautions. If you're by a body of water, be sure your water runoff is going into the ground and not into that water. If you have a fish pond, such as a koi pond, cover it entirely and ensure no water is going into that pond. And if you're hiring a professional to do your cleaning, be sure they're aware of these hazards. If they don't point them out on their own, you may want to reconsider working with them.
  5. There is no organic, chemical, "eco-friendly," method or chemical for soft washing available that is also readily available or affordable. If such options did exist, pressure washing and exterior cleaning companies would have adopted them as common practice. That said, sodium hypochlorite (aka bleach) is the industry standard for safely and effectively cleaning home exteriors. Any company that says they don't use bleach or some other (and potentially more harmful) solution is either lying, producing ineffective or short-lasting results, or they're pressure washing (which at worst can damage your home surfaces and at best provide a short-term clean).

In addition to sodium hypochlorite, other chemicals can be used depending on the surface being cleaned and the type of matter being removed. Professional exterior cleaners will use the right chemical for the job and will follow best practices to reduce or eliminate a harmful impact on the environment.

It's worth noting that while sodium hypochlorite can be effective for soft washing, it may not be suitable for all surfaces. Some materials, such as certain types of wood or delicate painted surfaces, may be sensitive to bleach and require alternative cleaning methods.

Can you softwash with a pressure washer?

When used with the appropriate adjustments and precautions, it is possible to utilize a pressure washer for soft washing purposes. By reducing the water pressure and employing specialized nozzles or attachments, the force of the spray can be gentler, allowing for a softer cleaning approach. However, it is important to be cautious and ensure the pressure and equipment are suitable for the specific surface being cleaned to prevent any potential damage.

In order to effectively soft wash using a pressure washer, you'll need to add a chemical solution to your water stream. This could be accomplished by using a chemical downstream setup or by attaching a foam cannon to the tip of your pressure washing gun. 

Is it better to pressure wash or soft wash a house?

Hands down, it is better to soft wash a house than to pressure wash it.

You don't want to use power washing or pressure washing on most houses. The terms "power washing" and "pressure washing" are often used interchangeably because they're quite similar. Both methods involve using high-pressure water to get surfaces clean.

Soft washing, on the other hand, is different from both power washing and pressure washing. It uses a gentler approach with lower water pressure and specialized cleaning solutions. Instead of relying on force or heat, soft washing focuses on removing dirt, mold, algae, and other contaminants using these special solutions. It's the recommended method for cleaning houses and other delicate surfaces that could be damaged by high pressure or heat.

How do you softwash a roof?

Soft washing a roof requires careful preparation and the use of appropriate equipment. Here are some general steps to follow when soft washing a roof:

Consider Roof Safety

Before starting any roof cleaning process, ensure you feel comfortable getting on a roof. You may not need safety equipment like harnesses or fall protection gear, but you'll at least want to wear non-slip shoes and clothing to protect you from the sun. You'll also want to avoid going up when it's too hot, as heat exhaustion can cause a fall. And if you are spraying chemicals on the roof, you'll want a respirator to ensure you don't get lightheaded and fall. Having a buddy or professional accompany you is also advisable for added safety.

Assess the Roof and Cleaning Requirements

Inspect the roof for any areas that require special attention, such as stains, moss, algae, or mildew. Note the roof's condition and identify any damaged or loose shingles needing repair before cleaning.

Prepare Your Cleaning Solution

Mix a soft washing solution according to the manufacturer's instructions. Typically, this involves combining water, sodium hypochlorite, and a surfactant.

Protect Surrounding Areas Where Water Will Run Off

Cover any nearby plants, shrubs, delicate plants or delicate surfaces with tarps or plastic sheeting to prevent the cleaning solution from damaging them. Wetting these areas with water before and after cleaning can also help minimize potential harm. Take special care to cover and protect aquatic life.

Apply the Solution to Your Roof

Use a low-pressure sprayer, such as a hand pump sprayer or a soft washing system, to apply the cleaning solution evenly onto the roof surface.

Let the Roof Cleaning Solution Dwell

Allow the cleaning solution to dwell on the roof for at least 15 to 20 minutes. This gives the solution time to break down and loosen dirt, algae, moss, and stains. Most professionals do not rinse the solution. They'll let it sit and wait for the next rain to wash it down. This gives the solution more time to dwell, so you'll get the best clean possible. The chemicals also break down as they sit, reducing any harm to plants and vegetation below that could occur from runoff if you do rinse.

Inspect the Roof to It's Completely Clean

Whether you've rinsed the roof or waited until a storm has come through, inspect the roof closely to ensure all dirt, stains, and growth have been effectively removed. The industry adage goes, "If it's brown, it'll wash down. If it's black, you'll be back." This means that if the roof contaminants have turned brown, they will wash off after a few rainstorms. If it's black, you'll likely need to treat the roof again. Repeat the process if necessary for specific areas that may require additional attention.

It's important to note that roof soft washing can be a challenging task and, in many cases, best left to professionals with the expertise, proper equipment, and safety measures to perform the job effectively and safely.

Exterior Cleaning Services


Roof Cleaning

Remove the dirt, debris, moss, algae, ferns, pollen, and stains from your roof, preserving its appearance and extending its lifespan.


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House Washing

Rejuvenate the appearance of your home by effectively removing the dirt, grime, mold, and mildew from your home's exterior surfaces.


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Soft Washing

A gentle yet effective cleaning method that uses low-pressure/no-pressure water and specialized detergents to safely remove dirt, algae, and stains from various surfaces.



Gutter Cleaning

Remove leaves, debris, and blockages from gutters, ensuring proper drainage and preventing potential water damage to your room and home.


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Solar Panel Cleaning

Ensure optimal solar energy production by removing dust, debris, pollen, and grime from your solar panel to maximize their efficiency and performance.


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We proudly serve Fernandina Beach, Yulee, and all of Amelia Island.

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