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Terra Solutions | Soft Washing

Why Soft Wash your house?

Whether you are putting your home on the market or you are simply looking to improve its exterior, there is a long list of reasons why you should soft wash your home. In this post, we dive into some of the top reasons. Should soft washing be your next home improvement project? Find out below.

Pride of Ownership

Let’s face it. You have worked hard to own your home. It makes sense to be prideful. To keep it in the best shape possible, you will want to remove common contaminants such as:

• Insects near the soffits.
• Black streaking on the roof and gutters.
• Green algae on the north side.
• General dirt and grime buildup on the other sides.

You owe it to yourself to see your home shine every time you pull in your driveway. Did I mention that we can also remove years of baked-on dirt from your concrete or aggregate driveway?  Power washing will help make this a reality.

Curb Appeal

What goes great with beautiful landscaping? Soft washing. What makes your patio shine after a long winter? Soft washing.  It’s truly the solution to increasing your home’s curb appeal.

A clean home is not only a great reflection on you, the homeowner but your neighborhood as a whole. Often when one property is cleaned, your neighbors follow suit. This creates somewhat of a chain reaction as the number of clean homes continues to grow. And who doesn’t love a beautiful, well-maintained neighborhood?

Protect Your Home

Contaminants on your home can become permanently embedded if left untreated for too long. If given enough time, algae, mold, and mildew can get underneath the siding and damage the underlying wood. By soft washing your home on a regular maintenance schedule, you are protecting yourself from costly repairs and replacements in the future.

Return on Investment

Buying a home is a big investment and one that should be protected. Your home decreases in value the less it is maintained. In fact, the National Association of Realtors suggests that a soft-washed home can add up to $15,000 to the sale price. Soft washing your home is important because it helps maintain the value of your property.

Soft Washing is Effective

Opposed to hand scrubbing, soft washing is a more effective and thorough way to clean your home. The proper solution followed by a low-pressure rinse will get the stains up more effectively than scrubbing. Scrubbing can also damage your home’s wood or vinyl siding.  When performed by the right company, soft washing your home will help bring your siding back to life and make it look like new again.

Simply put, you should soft wash your home because it is an excellent way to thoroughly clean and beautify your investment.  Contact us today for a free exterior inspection.

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Terra Solutions | Professional vs. DIY powerwashing

Power Washing | Professional vs DIY

Professional vs DIY Power Washing

While some home improvement projects lend themselves to the do-it-yourself community, others should be left to professionals. When it comes to power washing, if you have simply done a few minutes of research, you know both DIY and hiring a professional service are options. There is a lot to consider, from cost to the quality of the job, and both options present a list of pros and cons. In this post, we highlight those pros and cons to make sure you have all the information you need before power washing your home.

DIY Power Washing


On a per-day basis, renting a power washer is not too expensive. For smaller projects, you can adequately wash surfaces and keep it cost-effective. Another benefit of choosing the DIY route for power washing, if you decide to do so, is that you have full control over the operation and outcome of the project. You can easily find a standard residential pressure washer at a local home improvement store for rental.


While doable, power washing your home can be time-consuming and potentially dangerous. For example, there are countless hard-to-reach areas on a typical home that are difficult to clean with a standard pressure washer, due to its low PSI and limited gallons per minute. In this situation, your first instinct will likely be to grab a ladder. While logical, there is a high risk of injury since there is a great amount of pressure coming from the wand. Additionally, the high pressure can easily damage the structure of your vinyl or wood siding.

Another common perception is that, in general, it is cheaper to power wash on your own. While that may be true for small and concentrated areas, there are several overlooked factors:

  • Cost of equipment (pressure washer rental/purchase, fuel, etc.)
  • Cost of soap/cleansers
  • Cost of water used
  • Opportunity cost

While opportunity cost may not be top of mind, it is critical to know that washing a house without professional-grade equipment can take days to complete. Even then, the results may not be what you expected. Simply put, the best and safest way to power wash a home is to use a soft wash method in combination with professional cleaners. DIY power washing makes it nearly impossible to accomplish that.


Professional Power Washing


Hiring one of the professional power washing services in your area will yield the best results for your home. Reputable power washing companies have the experience and processes to assure that your property gets washed safely and efficiently.

As previously mentioned, a standard residential pressure washer will not have the capability to reach high areas or effectively clean stubborn areas of a home. Conversely, a professional power washing company will have the equipment and technology to clean your entire home thoroughly. On top of that, here a few other advantages of hiring an experienced professional company:

  • A reputable company is fully insured in case of any unforeseen issues.
  • All contaminants, like algae, mold, and mildew, will be removed from your home.
  • You will have a single expense vs. shopping around for a long list of equipment.
  • You do not have to spend your weekend or free-time power washing.


When hiring a company or contractor to wash your home, it is understandable to look for the lowest price. Just like in any industry, price is often directly correlated to quality. We encourage you not to focus solely on price but instead spend time researching a company’s credibility and reviews. This will prevent a situation where someone shows up with just a pickup truck and the same pressure washer you could have rented. Additionally, a contractor like this may become elusive once the job is paid for, which can be especially problematic if there were any issues with the job. Unfortunately, fly-by-night companies do exist.

Hiring a Professional Like Terra Solutions

Terra Solutions sets the standard for professional power washing services. We take pride in all aspects of our customer-first process, which ensures every home is efficiently and effectively cleaned. Here is the typical process:

  1. Schedule your service in one short phone call with a local power washing expert.
  2. Whether you are home or not, our team can perform all of the requested services.
  3. You are notified (and/or walked around your property) when the job is complete.
  4. You are not charged until the service is completed.
  5. We follow up with you to ensure we exceeded your expectations.

Are you looking to power wash your home? Still not sure if you want to hire a professional to do the work? We would be happy to discuss with you why hiring Terra Solutions is the right choice. Just call our team today or get the process started by requesting a free quote.


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