Have you ever wondered where the dust inside our homes comes from? A good bit of it comes in via the walls. It filters through the stucco or wood. It contains many allergens, mold, mildew, soot and other contaminants that can cause unsightly dust, allergies and damage to both the interior and exterior of the home.
What is a homeowner to do? The health and safety of the family is involved, as is protecting the investment in the home itself. A trip on the internet is the first thing many people do to find out how to get rid of the problems. This is even more common when a natural (or manmade) disaster has occurred and the buildup is more noticeable.
The choices are varied. Visible dirt can be washed off with a water hose, but that doesn’t really help all that much. Even with a power nozzle attached, it can’t really get the smaller pieces. That leads one to look into pressure washers.
Pressure washers have a tank to increase the water pressure of the hose. This can get more dirt and grime off than the water hose, but it has its drawbacks. One is that the water is cold. Cold water alone doesn’t get rid of grime like hot water does.
Power washers do use hot water. That is the only major difference between the two. Hot water will get rid of more contaminants, as well as kill some mold and mildew. However, these are more often used in industrial settings.
Both of these have three problems. One is safety. It takes training and concentration to use these machines. One slip can slice a finger to the bone. One mishap can send someone to the hospital. They aren’t really something a homeowner can use on their own, even though they can be rented.
They are also not kind to some materials. Window screens have to come off of the home and there is a great risk that seals around windows and doors will be damaged. Stucco is notorious for being damaged by these machines. That doesn’t really do the homeowner much good; it’s cleaner but not clean and now it’s damaged.
The real answer to this problem is soft washing. There are two major differences. One is a lower PSI and the other is the addition of detergent. A teacher made the point about the importance of soap and water at the beginning of flu season a couple of years ago.
The experiment her class did used slices of bread. The students touched them before washing their hands, after washing with cold water only, hot water only and then hand sanitizer. Lastly, they washed their hands with soap and water. That was the only slice that was mold free at the end of the experiment.
Soft washers use under five hundred PSI, and add detergent. This gets the house clean and it keeps it clean longer. It is less dangerous to operate and prevents dust, mold, mildew and other allergens from getting inside.
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