Can we come up with a no-go list?

Reading recent threads got me thinking that there needs to be a no-go list of soft wash jobs. People here have mentioned don’t do blue, red, green or other dark colored vinyl houses. Now there’s a thread about SH streaking the hell out of an asphalt driveway!

What other areas do soft washers need to be leary of? Is it as simple as keeping everything wet?

The asphault is my thread. I let run off from my house wash dry on a recently sealcoated driveway. There was oxidation in the run off too. You could see light colored stains run down the driveway. I think because it was recently sealcoated it made the stains extremely visible where they might not be so obvious. I rinsed it off near the house and it didn’t stain. Lesson is rinse house mix thoroughly off.

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Any customer named Karen

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Aluminum Siding

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Some of these actually probably don’t apply to me because I’m a professional house painter. I have ALWAYS washed exterior surfaces, hence my migration into soft washing.

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I know I’m just starting out, but I’m not getting on a roof for any amount of money. Heights aren’t my friend, and I have no desire to be up there. I’ll be on the ground washing houses and concrete!