Let’s face it. Not everyone can afford to buy a proper soft wash system. It is usually quite expensive. Hence the reason you know how to build a soft wash system. It is always said, if you can’t afford it, make it!
We have prepared here some guidelines on how you would proceed. Though it isn’t the simplest of things, it is quite achievable. If you do it well enough, then you should have a pretty decent soft wash system.
What is a Soft Wash System, and What Does it do?
Before we start on building yourself a soft wash system, lets first see what it is and what it does.
Soft washing is a cleaning technique that involves spraying a disinfectant solution to eliminate microorganisms such as algae, bacteria, and mildews. These microorganisms commonly occupy walls of homes or roofs. You should periodically remove them since they cause deterioration in the quality of roofs and walls.
You can imagine how unsightly a wall or roof with algae and mildew stains might look. With soft washing, you can prevent this by spraying a biodegradable chemical solution that will eliminate them. It is worth noting that you should use the proper chemicals to avoid damaging the roofs and walls.
Soft washing is highly preferred for roofs instead of pressure washing because it is gentle on the roof materials. A pressure wash system will have the same effect on your roof as hail storms! That is why insurers wouldn’t pay you for a damaged roof if you know you cleaned it with a pressure washer.
Soft washing can, therefore, be a pest control method. Algae and bacteria are pests too. Didn’t know that? Now you do. Soft washing helps prolong your roofs or wall paint’s lifespan by ensuring microorganisms don’t damage them.
Now that you know what a soft wash system is and its functions, let’s get on with how you can build one for yourself.
How to Build a Soft Wash System
What you will need
You will need to get these things separately to build your soft wash system.
- Water tank
- Soft wash gun
- Minute pump
- 12-volt battery
- Crocodile clips
Connect the pump to the 12-volt battery with the crocodile clips. Take care to ensure you correctly match the terminals. Negative for negative and positive for the positive terminals.
Connect the water tank with the pump. It can be a 25-gallon water tank or whatever you can get. Just make sure it can hold a large amount of water.
Make sure you have pipes running through the tank from the pump. Valves control the flow of water from the tank to the gun.
Using a pipe, connect the tank to the spraying gun. Test to see how far the spray can go. A good gun should spray up to 5 feet in the air, which is comfortable enough for two storeys.
Now that you have your soft wash system up and running, you will need to know the right chemicals. Professionals use bleach to get rid of algae and mildew on roofs, walls, and fences. Detergents are also quite safe for use.
Sodium hypochlorite and liquid chlorine in the right concentrations are also a great option. Excessive use of these chemicals in large amounts will be disastrous for the surface you are cleaning.
That is the essence of soft washing, which, unlike pressure washing to remove the mildews and algae, makes use of chemicals. The pressure from a soft wash system should below.
Things to Remember
- You will have to be quite adept at plumbing to build the system by yourself. You can always ask a friend to help you out if you feel your skills are inadequate.
- You can also make a spray gun yourself or purchase one on Amazon. A proper soft wash gun should spray a high enough distance in the air. In that way, you can easily wash roofs of houses with a few stories.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Is a soft wash system different from a pressure washer system?
- A: Yes. A soft wash system uses chemicals, while a pressure washer doesn’t. Also, a pressure washer makes use of high-pressure water. The pressure from a soft wash system isn’t that great.
Q: Is soft washing safe for house roofs?
- A: It depends on how you use your system or how the professionals do t. If done the wrong way, it can be quite damaging for the surface you’re cleaning.
Q: Should I soft wash regularly?
- A: This would depend on the material. For wood, soft washing every one or two years should make it last longer. Vinyl or aluminium sidings can last well over three years.
We hope the steps we have detailed here help you in your quest to make soft washing affordable. As you might have seen by now, all you need is just a little expertise.