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Soft Washing: Is It Right for Your Property?

Pressure washing by Mike Schwab soft washingSoft washing was originally developed as a means of pest control. A gentle spray put chemical pesticides on roofs and siding of homes and commercial buildings. This system worked although the chemicals used in the process were often harsh. Bleach was mixed with water to remove fungus, bacteria, mold, mildew and algae from buildings.

Soft Washing Today

The soft washing process used today usually Pressure washing by Mike Schwab soft washingincludes a variety of solutions sprayed at low pressure to remove algae, mold, and mildew from a building’s exterior. A special low-pressure spray nozzle is used to apply the chemical treatment. This treatment does not harm roof shingles or siding while it inhibits the return of the micro-organisms.

Removing Stains

You may see black mold stains on the shady side of your home. Green slime can also grow in Florida’s damp climate. Fungus usually grows on wet wood such as shady fences, under roofs and wood decking, leading to wood rot. Soft washing with the right solution will remove these organisms and inhibit their return.

Soft washing will not harm painted or stained surfaces. It can be used on fences and pool decks that have algae build-up. Soft washing is often used on outdoor steps in shady areas where mold can start in corners and spread across the surface areas not touched by shoes.

Pressure Washing vs. Soft Washing

Pressure washing will blast away surface stains, but will not kill the mold spores. The soft wash process applies the solution, it does not remove the stains. The stains dissolve as the solution goes to work on the surface to destroy the infestation of algae and mold. Then the solution is rinsed away. The solution works on tile and composite shingle roofs along with siding and walkways. Pressure washing and soft washing both have their appropriate uses and a professional pressure washing company will know which application is best for your property.

The soft washing process can work to keep commercial buildings, including apartment communities, free of these organisms that grow in humid weather. This process can be used anytime, especially after heavy rains, to prevent the growth of mold and other pathogens.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab is the premier source for soft washing, non-pressure roof cleaning and full-service pressure washing in Melbourne FL and all of Brevard County. There is no job too big that we can’t handle or too small that we won’t do. Contact us today for an estimate.

5 Reasons Roof Cleaning Matters

5 Reasons Roof Cleaning MattersYour roof needs to be cleaned to keep it in good condition. This is your home’s first line of protection against the elements. A good pressure wash roof cleaning will protect your roof from leaks and other problems.


Roof cleaning preserves the tiles or shingles on your roof and saves money. You do not need to replace your roof if it is free of debris, mold, moss, lichens and algae. Even tile, a porous material, can collect mold and moss in the humid Florida climate.

You many not notice that your roof needs cleaning until you see ugly green algae or moss clinging to the shingles or tiles. Algae and moss need sunlight but mold and fungus can grow along the roofline and under the roof where the walls meet the roofing material. This is a darker, damp area where mold and wood fungus can find a home.

Prevent Infestations

Mold and algae can spread into the attic area and cause problems with your air conditioning system. They can also lead to wood rot of the roof’s support system.

You can attract unwanted insects and even small rodents that come in through holes in the roof from deteriorating shingles. Fallen leaves, twigs, dust, and dirt can pile up the on the roof and attract flying and crawling insects.

Sun Reflection

A roof covered with algae and rotten shingles won’t reflect the sun. Florida roofing needs to reflect the sun to keep the attic and the home cooler.

Flat roof buildings generally reflect sunlight. Standing water on flat roofs can lead to the buildup of algae and other unwanted substances.

Curb Appeal

A nice house can look shabby with a dirty, mossy roof. A clean, inspected roof is necessary for good curb appeal if you are selling your home. It tells potential buyers that you have maintained the roof.

Homeowners Insurance

Your insurance company wants to know that your roof is in good, clean condition. A clean roof in good repair will hold up better against high winds and rain.

Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab will keep your Brevard County roof clean of moss, algae, and debris. The roof cleaning also involves the area under the eaves where mold and fungus can collect. Rain gutters, drains, and side walls can also be cleaned. Call us for a free estimate.


Pressure Washing: Kick Spring Cleaning Into High Gear

Pressure Washing: Kick Spring Cleaning Into High Gear

Enhance your home’s curb appeal with clean stairs and walkways.

Pressure washing is a great way to clean up your home and grounds after a Florida winter and wet early spring.

The pressure washer will clean:

  • Roofs (non pressure safe cleaning)
  • House exterior walls, soffits, and fascia
  • Driveways and sidewalks
  • Pool deck, patios, and enclosures
  • Gutters inside and out
  • Fencing
  • Commercial properties

Pressure washing is a necessary means for maintaining a clean and healthy environment for you and your family. Washing your home exterior will keep it free of mold, mildew, algae, and debris, and also extend the life of your paint and exterior. Clean soffits leads to better air flow throughout your attic and a clean exterior improves the curb appeal of what for many is the biggest investment of their life, their home.


Washing roofs is not a do-it-yourself job. You need a professional roof cleaner with the proper equipment. Mike Schwab washes roofs using a special non-pressure system that won’t damage shingles or tiles. Our safe roof cleaning method will prolong the life span of your roof.

Siding, walkways and fences

Due to the high humidity and pollen within the Florida climate, black mildew and green algae are common eye sores on home exteriors, roofs, driveways, and pool enclosures. With specialized chemicals and state of the art equipment, we can keep your property mildew and algae free.

Please note that Pressure Washing by Mike Schwab serves all of Brevard County from Rockledge,Viera, Melbourne, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Indialantic, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbor Beach, and Melbourne Beach. We specialize in exterior cleaning of both Residential and Commercial properties. We also maintain HOA common areasrh on a yearly basis.

Contact us today for more information and a free quote for pressure washing your home and or commercial buildings.