Real Estate Journal — Owners, Developers & Managers — July 29 - August 11, 2016 — 3B


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O wners , D evelopers & M anagers By Dan Haer, CSI Cleaning Service Soft Washing VS Pressure Washing


any peopl e won- der what the dif- ference is between

uses environmentally friend- ly chemicals to kill, not just remove topically, the mold fungus and removes the dirt and oxidation safely without harming the plants or build- ing. Unlike most companies, we take the additional steps and time to make sure we don’t harm your plants by watering them down before we soft wash. This allows them to get their nutrients and water before we apply chemicals that may come in contact with them. Addition- ally, we wash them down with a neutralizer after the soft wash process to ensure

they are not harmed. The soft wash system leaves an anti- fungal residue, much like an exterminator uses for bugs, to prevent the regrowth of the mold and fungus for 12- 36 months. This means the mold will not start to regrow for 12 to 36 months, unlike with pressure washing where the mold starts to regrow the same day. This alone allows you 2 to 4 years between washings. Soft washing is safe and effective on all sur- faces, and should be the only pressure washing method applied to most areas of your home. n

soft washing and pressure washing. My name is Dan Haer, I have owned and o p e r a t e d a nat i ona l p a i n t i n g firm for 30

Dan Haer

years and having done so I have also been pressure washing buildings for 30 years. A few years ago I came on board as a consultant and am now on the board of directors at CSI Cleaning service. With all those years of washing experience, I have bumped into the soft wash- ing system and dismissed it many time. I always thought, “what a scam, I wash with cleaners so what are they try- ing to say is different? We put TSP and various soaps in our system and apply them while washing, it’s the same thing.” Then last year I finally caved and went to “Soft Wash School”. What I learned amazed me, a 30-year pres- sure washing veteran! Don’t misunderstand, there is still a place for pressure washing. For example, when prepping for paint, steam cleaning a greasy floor, removing gum etc. But for about 90% of normal exterior cleaning to remove dirt, oxidation, mold and fungus, soft washing wins’ hands down. Anyone who tries to argue this point doesn’t have the information, knowledge or proper training of either to make a case. Let me explain why. Pressure Washing Pressure washing is typi- cally 1500-4500 PSI (pounds of pressure per square inch) which is a lot of pressure, and blows dirt off the surface very well. However, pressure washing can cause irrepara- ble damage to softer surfaces. If the user is lacking in train- ing, he won’t even know he is damaging anything until it’s too late. The pressure can disturb paint, blowing it off of wood siding, fur wood decking or siding, remove the granules from shingles of your roof, dent vinyl panels, destroy window screens or make “scribble” lines. Most importantly, the day the job is done the mold and fungus start to grow back. It will not be visible for about a

year in most cases, but it is there waiting to rear its ugly head. This is why you need a wash every year.

Soft Washing The soft wash technique uses a softer pressure, usu- ally less than 1000 PSI, and


Mold Removal

Soft Wash Soft Wash uses eco-friendly and envi- ronmentally safe chemical solutions to clean the exterior of your home instead of pressure. These eco-friendly solutions won’t harm your plants and will much more effectively clean your building. They are applied with low pressure not much more than a garden hose and al- lowed to sit on the surface. Think of it as an outdoor extermination.

Pressure Washing

Floor Restoration


CSI Cleaning Service 1312 Brandywine Drive, Vineland, NJ 08361 Phone: (609) 685-0562 www.CSICleaningService.com

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