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The Science and Technology Behind SoftWash Systems
nextgenweb | July 24, 2018

Roof cleaning as an industry is very new. Bursting onto the scene in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, there have been as many methods for cleaning roofs as the organisms growing on top of them.

Initially roof cleaning was a “garage art” at best. Primarily a phenomenon in the Southern United States, roof cleaning was thought of as a regional service with the hot spot in the state of Florida. Initially the focus was on ridding the roof surface of ugly black streaks, which was seen as a basic cleaning function. However, these black streaks are truly an infection of organic materials that are better addressed with algaecides, the same treatment you would use to address a fungal infection in your garden. To approach roof staining in this way was different than any other previously taken, and led to a revolution in the roof cleaning industry.

An Alternative to Traditional Exterior Cleaning

Soft washing was developed by AC Lockyer with his knowledge and experience in plant sciences and horticulture. AC knew that the bacteria, molds, fungi, and algae growing on the exterior of buildings were more closely associated with an infection than a stain.

Knowing this AC drew from his experiences and combined the technology of treating pests and fungus on plants with compatible cleaning chemicals, thereby inventing a method of soft washing. Now instead of the blowing and blasting of pressure washing, property owners could have cleanings done without the damages normally associated with pressure washing.

Soft washing then developed ways to clean other surfaces in differing regions of the country. Once just used to eradicate mold and mildew, SoftWash Systems developed new chemicals and techniques to take this advanced cleaning into dry, arid climates as well.

Environmentally Responsible

Aside from providing customers with a safer alternative to pressure washing with harsh chemicals, SoftWash Systems is safe for the environment. All SoftWash Systems cleaners are biodegradable and breakdown into carbon and water withing 20 days of their introduction into the environment. The clearners are also water based and contain no solvents or phosphates. They are non-hasardous, fossil fuel free, and adhere to the California Air Quality Management District standard for Low VOC emissions.

Contact Bob Riddick Home Services today to learn more about this incredible exterior cleaning process. We are the only licensed SoftWash Systems provider in the area and would love to partner with you on your next project.

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