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Protecting Delicate Surfaces During Softwashing: A Comprehensive Guide

By Mark Cave March 01, 2024

Protecting Delicate Surfaces During Softwashing: A Comprehensive Guide

softwash professional meticulously using a garden hose to rinse a residential home's exterior

When it comes to maintaining the exterior cleanliness of buildings and homes, softwashing emerges as a hero, especially against the backdrop of its harsher counterpart, pressure washing. This gentle yet effective cleaning method, which utilizes a low-pressure delivery system combined with a blend of cleaning solutions such as sodium hypochlorite, targets organic stains, mildew, algae, and more, without the risk of damage to surfaces. However, as with any powerful solution, it's crucial to understand how to protect delicate surfaces such as windows, doors, and various materials like wood, metal, and plastic during the process. At SoftWash UK, we're committed to not just providing top-notch softwashing equipment and solutions but also ensuring you have the knowledge and support to tackle any project with confidence.

Understanding Softwashing

Before diving into the protection methods, let's clarify what softwashing is. Unlike pressure washing, softwashing uses low-pressure water combined with specific cleaning agents to clean surfaces gently. This method is ideal for delicate areas where high pressure could cause damage. It's particularly effective against organic growths, offering a longer-lasting clean by treating the root of the problem.

The Need for Protecting Delicate Surfaces

Delicate surfaces such as windows, doors, and those made from wood, metal, and plastic, including powder-coated finishes, require extra care during softwashing. These materials can be susceptible to damage or discoloration if not properly protected from the cleaning solutions used in the process.

How to Protect Delicate Surfaces

Pre-Wetting Surfaces: Before applying any softwash solution, it's vital to thoroughly wet down the surfaces you wish to protect. This step helps to create a protective barrier, preventing the solution from directly contacting and potentially harming the surface.

Re-Wetting After Application: Once the softwash solution has been applied to the intended areas, it's equally important to re-wet the protected surfaces. This action helps to wash away any solution that may have accidentally come into contact with the surface, further ensuring its protection.

Utilizing Protective Coverings: In some cases, physical barriers such as plastic sheeting or painter's tape can provide an additional layer of protection for extremely delicate or sensitive areas.

SoftWash UK: Your Partner in Protection

At SoftWash UK, we understand the nuances of softwashing and the importance of protecting delicate surfaces during the process. Our expertise and range of products cater to all aspects of softwashing, from equipment to cleaning solutions, ensuring you have the right tools for every job. Whether you're a seasoned professional or new to the industry, our team is here to provide guidance and support, ensuring your projects are successful and safe.

Relevant Products: Our inventory includes a variety of softwash systems, nozzles, and accessories designed to give you precise control over the application process, minimizing the risk to delicate surfaces. Additionally, our selection of cleaning solutions is formulated to be effective yet gentle on a wide range of materials.

For more detailed information on products and techniques, or if you have specific questions, visit our website at SoftWash UK. Our resource center is filled with guides, tips, and advice to assist you in every aspect of softwashing.

FAQs for Protecting Delicate Surfaces During Softwashing

  1. Can softwashing be used on all types of exterior surfaces? Yes, softwashing can be safely used on a wide variety of surfaces, including delicate ones, with proper preparation and protection.

  2. How do I know if a surface needs special protection? Generally, surfaces made from materials like wood, metal, plastic, or those with special finishes such as powder coating, should be protected.

  3. What should I do if a protected surface accidentally comes into contact with the softwash solution? Quickly rinsing the surface with plenty of water can help mitigate any potential damage.

  4. Can SoftWash UK provide training on protecting delicate surfaces? Yes, SoftWash UK offers comprehensive training sessions that include how to protect delicate surfaces during the softwashing process.

  5. Are there environmentally friendly softwash solutions available? Absolutely, SoftWash UK offers a range of eco-friendly cleaning solutions suitable for various applications.


Softwashing is a powerful tool in the exterior cleaning arsenal, offering the ability to clean effectively without the risk of damage associated with high-pressure methods. However, the protection of delicate surfaces is paramount to ensure the integrity and aesthetics of the property being cleaned. By following the guidelines for pre-wetting and re-wetting, along with utilizing protective coverings and the right products, you can achieve impeccable results while safeguarding sensitive materials.

SoftWash UK stands ready to support you with expert advice, quality products, and the assurance that comes with our extensive experience in the industry. Whether you're tackling your first project or looking to refine your techniques, we're here to help every step of the way. Visit our website for more information, products, and support as you embark on your softwashing journey.

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Soft Wash Calculator App

Now you can say I've got an app for that!


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Softwashing calculator is an indispensable tool for juggling complicated chemical mixes. It helps reduce wastage and keeps operating costs down by giving accurate proportions

If you are having difficulty getting your head around the maths, trying to work out what percentage of softwash you need, how much chemical, surfactant and water to add, then this is the App for you.



The Soft Wash Calculator App allows you to work out your soft wash recipe by telling you exactly how much chemical, how much water and how much surfactant to add to get the desired soft wash recipe.
It doesn't stop there!.
- It can also remix your leftover softwash to a new stronger or weaker recipe.
- all controls in one place for see at a glance operation
- ease of input via pre-loaded dials. no more calculator style typing
- instantly responds to changes of complex combinations
- works in both Litres and US Gallons
- tested for Protan and Deutan colourblind users
- links to SoftwashingUK website

Take this scenario
You started with a 1% soft wash recipe of 50 gal (or litres)  for a deck clean and you’re left with 13 gallons.

You get a call from a prospective customer to clean their roof. Past experience tells you a 4% soft wash recipe is needed, but what about your leftover mix at 1%?.

Do you waste time and effort driving back to base to transfer into a standby tank?
You could consider the 13 gal as just water, top up the tank and start again.  
But that’s throwing away the value of the mix and raising your overhead.

Soft Wash Calculator App to the rescue.

You get to the new job and it requires 100 gal / litres.
Switch into remix mode , confirming the 13 gal already in the tank
Move the dials to your new recipe and the app immediately updates the different amounts to add in front of your eyes including the correct amount of extra surfactant.

You now have a 100 gal / litres tank of 4% soft wash recipe ready for your roof clean job!

Not forgetting you’ve saved money too, all without stress and uncertainty . Don’t underestimate what confident calmness has on your customer putting out referrals.

The same applies if you have a 4% recipe left in your tank and you need to dilute it down to 2%. Again the app will tell you how.

Softwashing calculator will also work for any chemical recipe. For instance you can use it for Sodium Hypochlorite, Bleach, Biocide , TFR traffic film remover and degreaser. Even the mathematically-challenged rocket scientist can top up their booster tanks to new fuel mixes after launch delays caused by changing weather conditions.

Using this app you will know exactly what chemical strength to put on any surface giving you the confidence and the knowledge of a professional soft washer and you’ll save money as well.

So if you have little knowledge of how to mix a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.
If you have little knowledge of how to remix a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.
If you want to save money when mixing a soft wash recipe then this app is for you.

This app is also backward compatible to devices running iOS7. We've done this so you can re-purpose an old iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 5  for what could be hazardous work environments. Just toss one in your cleaning van's toolkit.

Once you learn the methods and procedures of how to apply the soft wash to the different surfaces that need cleaning you’ll be unstoppable!

The app also has  a guide to what percentage for what surface. And if you are the lucky owner of a Clever Injector it will remind you the correct setting for the job.
However you should always consider and risk assess what soft wash recipe you need to clean the surface.

** A major iOS code-base change may require a re-purchase. The appiverse at the time will confirm our promise that we won't do so unless the necessity is apparent.



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