The finishing applied to a building will fundamentally affect how it is cared for in the long term. While traditional pressure washing services might work for building exteriors made of brick or vinyl planks, synthetic stucco may be best cleaned with a soft wash. This product, also called dryvit or exterior insulating finishing system (EIFS), provides superior energy conservation to buildings; this feature alone has made it a first choice among many architects and designers. Property managers are sometimes stumped as to how this material should be cared for. Traditional pressure washing certainly removes surface dirt, grease, and grime but is often too harsh for synthetic stucco; as a result, the dryvit starts to break down after subsequent washings. To preserve the natural beauty and dependable performance of the synthetic stucco on your building a soft wash treatment is recommended.
Soft Wash and Hard Wash
A soft wash treatment differs from a standard power wash treatment in three primary ways:
- Detergent is used to lift dirt and grime from the surface of a building
- Detergent products work effectively in cracks and crevices, avoiding the need for high pressure washing inside these small spaces
- Low-pressure water is used to rinse the detergent, not the dirt, from the building
In a standard high pressure wash, water is pumped through a pressurized nozzle into a focused spray that is aimed at the surface being cleaned. The high pressure is sufficient to blast away dust, dirt, grease, and other accumulated substances obscuring the actual exterior of a building. The result is a fresh, scrubbed appearance.
Brick, concrete, and similarly hard materials can be pressure washed without worry. The pressurized water poses no damage to the surface material. Synthetic stucco is a soft material compared to brick and concrete, but still provides exceptional performance.
Detergent is used instead of direct physical pressure to lift dirt and grime from the dryvit surface. First a mixture of water and detergent is applied to the surface being cleaned. Once the detergent has had time to activate, lightly pressurized water is used to rinse it away. The pressure used is no more than what might be generated by a standard garden hose. This is enough force to cleanly remove the soap and grime, yet gentle enough to avoid damaging the synthetic stucco.
Choose an Experienced Company
Every property management firm should know about soft wash services; not every washing company provides this option so it is important to find a company experienced with handling synthetic stucco. We are pleased to offer this option along with our other power washing services. Call Sun Brite today at (678) 498-7660 to discuss your building’s cleaning needs.