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Frequently Asked Questions Roof Cleaning & Soft Washing
SF Bay Area

Q: What is soft washing?

A: Soft Washing is a cleaning technique that is used for cleaning and sanitizing exterior surfaces such as roofs, buildings, and sidewalks. Unlike pressure and power washing, which uses high-pressure water to blast away contaminants, soft washing uses a gentle low-pressure spray and specially designed ECO-Friendly, Water-based, and Biodegradable cleaning solutions.


They emulsify dirt and grime, as well as remove and eliminate moss, mold, mildew, algae, fungus, bacteria, and other contaminants that may be present on the exterior surface. Soft Washing utilizes only 1/3 the water of pressure and power washing, the treatment lasts 4x - 6x longer, and the delicate cleaning doesn’t erode or damage the surface like pressure washing often can.​​​​​​

"Soft Washing: The Roof and Exterior Oil Change for Longevity"

Just like changing the oil in your vehicle is a routine maintenance task crucial for its optimal performance and longevity, soft washing serves as the maintenance equivalent for your roof or exterior surfaces.

Consider your roof as the engine of your home, constantly exposed to the elements. Over time, bacteria, algae, and other contaminants act like corrosive agents, gradually breaking down the surface and compromising its integrity. Soft washing is akin to changing the oil in your vehicle, where timely maintenance prevents the build-up of harmful elements, ensuring your roof's peak performance and extending its lifespan.

By regularly soft washing your roof or exterior, you're not just cleaning away visible stains; you're actively removing the detrimental agents that, if left unchecked, can deteriorate and break down the surface over time. Just as changing your car's oil protects the engine from wear and tear, soft washing safeguards your property, offering a preventive measure that enhances durability and keeps it looking pristine.

How does post-rain affect soft wash cleanings?


  • Rinsing Effect: Rain can act as a natural rinse for any remaining cleaning solution on the roof or house exterior. This can help to remove residual dirt, debris, or cleaning agents, providing a more thorough cleaning.

  • Streak Prevention: Rain can help prevent streaking by washing away any leftover cleaning solution, minimizing the chances of streaks or watermarks on the surfaces.

  • Time-Saving: If the rain is substantial enough, it can assist in the cleaning process without the need for additional rinsing or manual efforts. This can save time and labor for both the cleaning professionals and homeowners.

  • Natural Water Conservation: Utilizing rainwater for the final rinse can be seen as a sustainable and cost-effective way to complete the cleaning process, as it doesn't require additional water from other sources.

Q: Why is exterior soft washing cleaning important?


A: Exterior soft washing cleaning is important for several reasons. First, it helps to maintain the aesthetic appearance of a property by removing unsightly stains, dirt, grime, and other contaminants from the exterior surfaces. This is especially important for commercial properties that rely on their appearance to attract customers.

Second, soft washing cleaning helps to protect the exterior surfaces from damage caused by bacterial and fungal growth. As mentioned earlier, these contaminants can cause deterioration of the surfaces, leading to costly repairs and replacements.

Third, exterior soft washing cleaning helps to maintain the health and safety of the occupants of a property. Bacterial and fungal growth can pose health risks, especially to those with respiratory problems or weakened immune systems. Soft washing cleaning eliminates these risks by removing these contaminants.

Q: Is exterior soft washing cleaning effective?


A: Yes, exterior soft washing cleaning is highly effective at removing dirt, grime, algae, and other contaminants from exterior surfaces. This method is also safe and cost-effective, making it an attractive solution for property owners and maintenance professionals.

Q: Benefits of soft washing?

  • Gentle cleaning: Soft washing is a gentle cleaning method that won't damage delicate surfaces like wood, stucco, and some types of siding.

  • Effective cleaning: Despite its gentleness, soft washing is an effective cleaning method that can remove even tough stains, mold, and algae.

  • Environmentally friendly: Soft washing uses less water and cleaning solutions than pressure washing, making it an environmentally friendly option.

  • Safer for surfaces: Soft washing doesn't rely on high pressure to remove dirt and grime, reducing the risk of damaging surfaces or causing cracks or chips.

  • Long-lasting results: The cleaning solutions used in soft washing provide long-lasting results, so surfaces stay cleaner for longer.

  • Ideal for delicate surfaces: Soft washing is ideal for cleaning delicate surfaces like stucco, wood, and other soft surfaces that can be damaged by high-pressure cleaning methods.


Q: How does exterior soft washing cleaning differ from pressure and power washing?


A: Exterior soft washing uses a low-pressure application of specialized cleaning solutions, whereas pressure washing uses high-pressure water to blast away dirt and grime. Soft washing is gentler on surfaces and is a safer and more effective way to clean exterior surfaces.


Q: Is exterior soft washing cleaning safe for my property, occupants, and pets?


A: Yes, exterior soft washing cleaning is safe for your property, occupants, and pets. The specialized cleaning solutions used in this method are water-based, eco-friendly, biodegradable, contain no solvents or phosphates, and are safe for humans, pets, the environment, and the surfaces being cleaned, making it an ideal solution for property owners and maintenance professionals.


Q: Is exterior soft washing cleaning affordable?


A: Exterior soft washing cleaning is often more cost effective than traditional pressure washing methods. This method can help to extend the lifespan of buildings and structures, reducing the need for costly repairs and replacements in the long run.

Q: Does soft washing save money in the long run?

A: Regular soft wash exterior cleaning maintenance can save a building owner from having to replace the roof and exterior because it helps to prolong the life of the building materials. Here's how:

  • Removes dirt and debris: Dirt and debris can accumulate on the roof and exterior, causing damage and accelerating wear and tear. Regular cleaning can prevent this buildup, extending the life of the materials.

  • Prevents mold and mildew: Mold and mildew can grow on the roof and exterior, causing discoloration and potentially damaging the building materials. Soft washing can effectively remove mold and mildew, preventing further damage.

  • Protects against water damage: Dirt and debris can also clog gutters and drainage systems, causing water to accumulate and potentially leading to water damage. Regular cleaning can keep these systems clear, reducing the risk of water damage.

  • Prolongs the life of paint: Exterior painting can be a costly process, but regular cleaning can help to prolong the life of the paint by removing dirt and debris that can cause fading and chipping.


By investing in regular soft wash exterior cleaning maintenance, building owners can save money in the long run by avoiding the need for costly roof and exterior replacements.

Q: The science to why have your roof cleaned and exterior soft washed?

A: Gloeocapsa Magma, a type of cyanobacteria, is responsible for the staining of roofs and exteriors. These ancient photosynthesizing organisms retain moisture, providing a conducive environment for the growth and flourishing of mold, mildew, algae, moss, lichens, and fungus. This results in the deterioration of the surfaces and loss of granules, causing damage from bacterial and fungal growths.

To prevent such deterioration, it is crucial to treat the surface with a combination of appropriate soaps and detergents. Maxx ECO Wash is powered by SoftWash Systems technology, a proprietary method, to safely and effectively eliminate bacterial contaminants and restore the cleanliness of your property. Our water-based and biodegradable cleaning solutions break down dirt and grime, and remove any mold, mildew, algae, moss, lichens, or other contaminants.

We are proud to offer this premium service to property owners and management companies who value their property, the environment, and quality exterior cleaning service in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our solution guarantees a 100% success rate and mitigates further deterioration of your roof and exterior surfaces.

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