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Wait! There is a Safer Alternative to Pressure Washing

Often, homeowners see mold and algae on vertical or flat surfaces surrounding their home, and their first thought is pressure washing. Be aware! Pressure washers can reach up to 4,000 PSI, and if the pressure is too high, pressure washing can lead to permanent scarring of your surfaces. Another issue is that pressure washing mold or algae can be a band-aid solution, and these organics are likely to reappear in a short period. There is a safe solution for your surfaces that has results that will last longer, use low pressure, and less water. The solution is soft washing.

What is soft washing?

Soft washing is the alternative to pressure washing, using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surfaces cleaned. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four-to-six times longer.

What is the process?

The first process is to cover all electrical outlets, remove small items, assess the plants, put up caution signs, and run the lines required. Next, a certified soft washing technician will spray affected areas with solutions fed through lines using low-pressure pump systems. The first application is the wake-up coat required to open the organic spores. After dwell time, the technician will rinse and apply another application or use a new chemical, depending on the stain type. Preserving plant life during the soft washing process is vital. Plant washes and soaking methods must be used before, during, and after the service to neutralize cleaning agents, ensuring that your grass, shrubbery, and plants are protected. 

Who is qualified to perform soft washing?

When hiring a soft washing company, it is essential to hire a company requiring all their technicians to undergo a comprehensive training and certification program. Soft washing is chemical-based, so technicians must learn how to protect plant life, understand where chemicals flow, and how to neutralize chemicals adequately. Do not forget to protect your family by hiring a company that provides proof of insurance (liability and worker’s compensation), a list of references, and professionalism. 

If you are in the market for soft washing, please do not hesitate to give the professionals at Paneless Home Services a call. Paneless is a SoftWash Systems authorized company, and all technicians are certified and receive proper hands-on training before stepping foot onto your property.

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Roof Washing

The Best Time for Roof Washing is Coming Soon!

The best time for roof washing is at the start of Fall and before Winter. Soft washing is the best solution for cleaning all roof styles, such as asphalt shingles, terra cotta, slate, stone, and metal.

Roof washing benefits are:

  • Preventative Care
  • Extend Longevity
  • Restore Natural Appearance
  • Lower Energy Cost

What are common problems found on roofs?

In Texas, the most popular roof style is asphalt shingles due to the economical pricing. However, competitive pricing means manufacturers use fillers such as wood chips and cardboard. Due to these fillers, 80% of shingled roofs will develop moss, mold, and fungus growth problems. These organisms will deteriorate your roof, which can result in water damage when left unaddressed.

Another common problem on roofs is rust and corrosion caused by iron in metal and some natural stones. It is unsightly but can also spread and cause decay.

What is soft washing? Why can’t I pressure wash?

Soft washing is the alternative to pressure washing using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surfaces cleaned. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and lasts four to six times longer. Pressure washing can damage many roof surfaces and cause more problems.

So, what’s the process?

Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactants. Rather than using a pressure washer that may clean but not kill algae, low-pressure pumps are used to spray cleaning solutions. They are allowed a dwell time to activate and then are rinsed thoroughly.

Are my plants affected?

Possibly. However, reputable companies will take precautions to help prevent this by watering before, during, and after the process. When the work is complete, a plant wash solution is applied that contains Gypsum. Gypsum neutralizes the effects of sodium hypochlorite and gives the plants nutrients. Covering plants creates a greenhouse effect, so this solution is an option in ideal circumstances only. If plants are directly in the roof’s drip line where no rain gutters are present, these are the most likely to defoliate or turn brown. This condition, though unsightly, is most often temporary. 90% of the affected plants usually recover within 90 days. Professionals will cover the replacement cost if necessary if plants do not return to life after this recovery period.

Is it safe to clean my roof?

Soft washing is the safest solution. Professionals will dilute, divert, and decontaminate any runoff from the roof. Normally everything can be reached from the edge of the roof. However, walking the roof to access hard-to-reach areas like a chimney may be necessary. In this case, make sure whom you hire has safety harnesses, ropes, and lanyards to reduce your liability. Though not required in Texas, worker’s comp further protects you from a home insurance claim if someone is injured on your property.

Get a second opinion before you replace a roof due to discoloration. A local expert in your area is Paneless Home Services. Call (214) 662-2300 for a complimentary consultation.

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Soft Washing 101

You can find educational material, like books for dummies, on most every topic. When it comes to home services it is usually learn-as-you go or hindsight is twenty-twenty. Particularly services not performed on a routine basis, or that may be new to you, can be hard to manage expectations. Since soft washing is a very different procedure than traditional pressure washing, these frequently asked questions have been collected to address common concerns and equip you to hire with confidence.

Q-What is soft washing?

A-Soft washing is the alternative to pressure washing using water-based, biodegradable solutions that emulsify dirt and grime. Soft washing dissolves cobwebs and kills mold, bacteria, and algae while sanitizing the surfaces cleaned. It uses one-third the water of pressure washing and last four-to-six times longer.

Q-When should I have it done?

A-Spring and summer are the most popular times to soft wash pool decks, stone and siding. However, any sunny day will do. The process can be done on colder or cloudy days but may require more applications or longer dwell times. Roofs are recommended during fall or sunny winter days.

Q -Are plants affected?

A Possibly; however, a trained professional will take precautions to help prevent this occurrence. The chances of this happening are greatly reduced by watering before, during, and after the process. When the work is completed, a plant wash solution should be applied that contains Gypsum. This neutralizes the effects of sodium hypochlorite and gives the plants a good feeding. In some instances, plants can be covered. However, this does create a greenhouse effect, so it is only done in ideal circumstances. If plants are directly in the drip line of the roof where no rain gutters are present these are the most likely to defoliate or turn brown. This condition, though unsightly, is most often temporary. Ninety percent of the affected plants usually recover within ninety days. Seek a reputable company who will cover their replacement if necessary.

Q – Will my paint chip or change color?

A The stream of solution applied is lighter than the stream from a garden hose. However, while having your roof or home cleaned you could experience some paint flaking. This is a result of poor surface preparation before painting or normal deterioration from weather exposure. Another rare condition is a change of paint pigment on the painted surface. Paint colors of brown and blue are most susceptible to turning green. Due to this potential problem, a small colorfast test on your paint should be done before cleaning.

Q – How are driveways cleaned?

A When soft washing driveways and walkways, it is imperative to leave solution applied and not rinse to achieve a one-hundred percent kill-rate. This process takes a few rain showers, which reactivate solution, to achieve desired results. Allowing for this process will keep your driveway clean four-to six times longer than pressure washing.

Q – Are brass fixtures an issue?

A To prevent damage, all brass fixtures should be covered and rinsed thoroughly (if sprayed). Soft washing solutions will not react adversely if the brass has been properly maintained. Brass that is already tarnished, will turn green in some areas.

Q – Is it safe to clean my roof?

AAbsolutely! Soft washing is the best solution for cleaning asphalt shingles, terra cotta, slate, and stone. Professionals will dilute, divert, and decontaminate any runoff from the roof. Normally everything can be reached from the edge of the roof. However, walking the roof to access hard-to-reach areas like a chimney may be necessary. In this case, make sure who you hire has safety harnesses, ropes, and lanyards to reduce your liability. Though not required in Texas, worker’s comp further protects you from a home insurance claim if someone is injured on your property.

QWill my windows be left with water spots?

A Most professionals will include a quote for cleaning windows affected by soft washing which alleviates water spots. This is quoted separately and you must opt in for the service. Hardwater removal is a pre-existing condition caused by sprinklers, pool sweeps, or A/C drip lines, and would involve window restoration and is priced separately.

QWill water leak inside through my doors and windows?

ANot always, but it is possible if the weather stripping is worn or missing. It is recommended to place old towels in front of doors and windows while soft washing is in process.   

QWill it be safe to swim in the pool afterwards?

A It is recommended to wait twenty-four hours; however, a professional cleaning should be completed first for proper shocking and inspection. The sodium hypochlorite used for soft washing is the same ingredient in pool cleaners, it is just a matter of checking the pH and chlorine range in your pool before swimming.

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Scratching the Surface on Marble Care

Like many esthetics in your home, natural stone requires upkeep. It is important to not let too much time pass between maintenance visits to prevent costly stone restoration. Here is a little information on common stone found in most homes either on counters or floors:



Granite is an igneous rock composed of quartz and feldspar. Granite is the most common stone used by builders due to its durability and low maintenance for homeowners. The stone is porous and very dense which makes it possible to resist scratches but should still be sealed every three to five years.



Marble is a metamorphic rock formed when limestone is altered by intense pressure and heat with the earth. The colors and veins in marble come from layers of different minerals and impurities that crystalize together, these minerals include calcite, pyrite, feldspar, iron, magnesium, and serpentine. Marble is very porous and high maintenance. It is prone to scratches and etch marks. Marble must be polished and sealed to maintain the shine. At times honing is required to remove scratches and surface etch marks.


Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed of calcite with a variable amount of silica in it along with clay, silt, and sand. Like marble, it is very porous and because most of the naturally occurring colors are light, stains are easily seen. This stone requires more maintenance than most.



Travertine is a type of limestone. It is a soft stone more porous than marble or granite. It is a banded stone composed of calcite, formed by evaporation of river and spring waters. It is prone to scratches and staining but also presents a unique problem of small holes or craters. They are created when acid reacts with calcium in the stone. These should be filled periodically to slow-down deterioration and if you want the fill to be less noticeable, they should be attended to before the holes become large. Polishing and sealing is required to maintain the appearance. Honing is also sometimes required to remove scratches and surface staining; it is known to absorb deep stains.

How experts perform the work

Although each stone is unique, they are all treated the same when it comes to restoration. Here is a little more about natural stone honing, polishing, and sealing:



If there are not any etch marks or a need for honing a trained technician would proceed using either a powder polish, paste polish, or crystallizer. If etching and scratches are present, the floor or counter will require honing to the depth of the damage and polishing to bring back its original luster. Some etch marks can require honing all the way down with a 50-grit diamond pad although it is rare.


Bathroom counter polishing Dallas, TXBringing back the shine can only be done using a buffer, diamond grit pads and a polish or powder solution. Depending on the desired finish, your marble technician can start with a 200 grit and go up to 3500 grit. It really depends on the desired appearance and the choices are satin, semi-gloss, gloss, mirror or even a honed finish.



It is recommended to seal every three years or when the sealer breaks-down. Sealers work by penetrating through the natural pores of the stone to create a long-lasting breathable layer. A topical sealer should never be used because it prevents the stone from breathing. Sealing protects the stone from wear and tear as well as staining and water absorption.

Helpful Tips

  • A simple test used to indicate the need for sealing is to place a small amount of water on the floor or counter. It should bead up and not be absorbed. If it does absorb quickly, or leaves a dark area indicating absorption, it is time to seal.
  • Protect your stone by placing absorbent pads or mats where soap dispensers and cooking oils would be placed.
  • Always clean your natural stone with a neutral PH. Never use acidic household cleaners as they will etch the stone and result it expensive repairs. If you hire a maid, be sure to test their knowledge on natural stone care and review their products or provide your own.
  • Be mindful of acidic fruits, always use a cutting board.
  • Hiring a professional to inspect, clean, and seal can prevent costly repairs. Be sure to use someone certified in stone care, like Paneless Home Services (214) 662-2300.

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Cleaning Tips & Tricks for all Floor Surfaces

Wondering how often you should have your floors professionally cleaned? What about the maintenance in between services? The following guidelines should help you avoid common pitfalls caring for all types of floor surfaces and learn a few tricks too!

Hardwood, Engineered Wood or Laminate Wood Floors

  • For wood floors, use a light mist of water and flat mop with a micro fiber pad to clean for routine maintenance.
  • Stay away from any products that mention “leave a shine” on the label; these products leave coatings that embed dirt on floors and can open doors for expensive refinishing.
  • Schedule a professional cleaning once a year to prolong cleanliness and healthy floors. Be sure to perform routine maintenance to prevent dirt and particles from scratching the floors.
  • Place furniture protectors on the feet of all heavy furniture so if it’s bumped or scooted across the floor no damage will be done.
  • Keep rugs at doorways to help protect floors from grit and debris.


  • For carpet, the recommendation is to vacuum once a week per person in the household to maintain floors. Ex: A family of 4 should vacuum 4 times a week.
  • Use a company that does a steam cleaning and extraction for carpet cleaning. Most manufacturer warranties require a professional cleaning at least once a year.
  • For spills, blot the affected area with water only. Don’t use over the counter stain removal products.
  • Keep a damp towel on a stain until a professional can arrive, it will keep the stain from setting.
  • Apply carpet protectant at least once every year to keep it protected and preserve the life of your carpet.
  • To remove candle wax, place a paper towel over the wax, and place a warm iron on top of the paper towel. The wax will melt into the paper towel. Repeat with clean paper towels until the wax is gone.

Tile & Grout

  • Don’t over use mop bucket water, it just spreads and leaves soil deposits. Always rinse with plain water to clear up any soap residue.
  • Sweep tile and grout at least twice a week.
  • Steam clean at least once a year to keep floor and grout lines looking their best.
  • Seal grout lines to protect from staining every three years.

If you ever have any questions concerning maintenance or cleaning process we are only a phone call away (214) 662-2300. Paneless is bonded and insured, licensed for both carpet and all stone cleaning and has twenty three years of experience to handle all your floor care needs.

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Purified Water is not Just for Drinking

What is Reverse Osmosis Technology?

Allergies are a battle in Dallas, TX. The treatment is eliminating exposure to irritants. This can mean controlling what is ingested and prepping homes. First, encase pillows with hypoallergenic protectors, use HEPA filters, and monitor cleaning solutions purchased. The recommendation is to use natural product and the least amount necessary. Many homeowners are investing in water purifying systems. Initially, the investment may be made for drinking water but reverse osmosis water has useful properties beyond human consumption. Homeowners will benefit from softer clothes, less residue while bathing, and zero smell.

Service companies have also realized the benefits of using purified water to clean. The science behind it is interesting. Reverse osmosis water is filtered through a five-stage process. Then the water is pushed through a semi-permeable membrane. This filtering process removes all total dissolved solids that cause water to spot. The purification is extensive and removes up to 99% of organic material, nitrate, and iron. Pure water is a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. It is called “thirsty water.” Purified water is the healthiest cleaning solution available.


Benefits of Purified Water

  • Reduce allergens
  • Eliminate or reduce cleaning agents
  • Surfaces stay clean longer
  • Clean easier, contaminants removed

Purified Water For Cleaning

Reverse osmosis water eliminates the need for additional cleaning solutions.  The list of household chores that benefit from purified water is extensive. Window cleaning is at the top of the list. Flushing windows with purified water will remove any dirt and leave the glass streak-free. Windows will stay clean longer because no soap residue is left behind to attract dust. Additionally, pure water is particularly healthy for carpet cleaning. Have you ever had your carpets cleaned and noticed stains reappear quickly? This phenomenon is called wicking. It happens when stains are deeply embedded in the padding.  It also happens when carpets are not dried properly or solutions are not extracted. Using purified water extracts soaps left in the carpet. Therefore, carpets are left softer, dry faster, and are bacteria free. Finally, extracting contaminants protects carpet fibers. This prolongs the lifespan of the carpet.

In summary, all cleaning benefits from dissolved minerals being removed from water. As we like to say, “Seeing is believing.” Call Paneless to learn more about the benefits of using purified water to clean.


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What is soft washing, can’t I just power wash?

When you have a dirty patio, deck, or roof you most often think of power washing as the only solution. However, the best solution depends on the type of surface to clean and what the condition of it is. Softer surfaces like slate, limestone, and stucco should be preserved and protected by soft washing due to their porous composition. Surfaces covered in mold or algae can be power washed and the mold and algae will be removed but it does not address the mold and algae spores that will just spread again. Soft washing kills the spores and keeps your surfaces clean for a longer duration. Surfaces commonly soft washed are:

  • Stucco
  • Limestone
  • Cast stone
  • Whole home rinsing
  • Roof cleaning & chimneys
  • Natural stones

So, what is soft washing? Soft washing uses low pressure and a high-water flow with added cleaning agents and surfactant to dissolve webs, dirt, and algae. Rather than using power washing that may clean but not kill algae, low pressure pumps are used to spray cleaning solutions. They are allowed a dwell time to activate, and then are rinsed thoroughly with soft pressure. Paneless has a multitude of formulas to handle a variety of stains including rust, grease, and mold. Don’t replace siding, stucco, and roofs due to discoloration without consulting with a trusted provider on the possibility of soft washing. Soft washing benefits are:

  • Kill mold & algae
  • Remove rust and stains
  • Disintegrate cobwebs & dirt daubers
  • No damage to wood or siding
  • Safe for all roof rinsing
  • Surfaces stay clean longer



Besides having the proper equipment and mixture of solutions, it is also necessary to preserve plant life. Plant washes and soaking methods are used before and after service to neutralize cleaning agents ensuring that your grass, shrubbery, and plants are not harmed. If this is something you feel unequipped to handle, we can make the experience “Paneless”.  Paneless Home Services is located in Dallas, Texas. Call (214) 662-2300.

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Tips & Tricks for Spring Cleaning & Checklist

Turning your to do list into a ta-done list!

It is the time of year to clean out closets, shred documents, and refresh your home. Nothing feels as great, or is more relaxing than enjoying a sparkling clean home. There are some tips and tricks to make this a less daunting task.  Did you know that mirrors and glass tables can be treated with a product that allows them to be dusted with just a microfiber towel to leave them with a streak-free clean for months?  Have you even been woken up by the smoke detector that needs new batteries and realize you don’t have a ladder to reach them? Let us help organize a schedule of maintenance for your home that will make your life easier. Some common items that don’t usually get regular attention because they require ladders, scaffolding, or back pack vacs are chandeliers, fans, and high dusting of ceilings. Paneless located in Dallas, Texas has all the equipment, certifications, and manpower to take these items of your to do list. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a 20% savings package when you book three or more services. Call us at (214) 662-2300 for details. Please find a checklist of services for your home below and wash away those winter blues to be ready for some spring and summer fun!


Exterior Maintenance Checklist:

Window cleaning and screens

Gutter cleaning and flush of downspouts

□ Cobwebbing

□ Porch Lamps

□ Rust removal

Power or soft  washing patios, driveways, pool decks


Interior Maintenance Checklist:

□ Interior windows

□ Chandelier polishing

□ Light bulb and battery changes

□ High Dusting

□ Mirrors and glass

□ Shower restoration and sealing

Blind and shutter cleaning

□ Natural stone countertops


Floor Maintenance Checklist:

□ Tile and grout cleaning and sealing

□ Hardwood floor cleaning and coating

□ Carpet cleaning

□ Garage floor cleaning

Marble honing and polishing

□ Natural stone cleaning





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The Dirt on Tile & Grout Cleaning

Dirty grout lines can change the overall appearance of your floors. Did you know that dirt, bacteria, and mold can penetrate through grout and lie within the pores? Like carpet, tile and grout should be professionally steam cleaned to sanitize.

Benefits Are:

  • Prevent Grout Stains
  • Sanitization
  • Prolong Life
  • Maintain Original Appearance

Hiring a Pro
It is important to hire a professional company that can confidently explain their products and equipment. Never forget to protect your family and household by asking for proof of insurance, a list of references, and most importantly how long the company has been cleaning tile and grout. Online reviews like google or the BBB are a great resource to turn to.
How Often Should I Steam Clean?
Tile and grout should be steam cleaned once a year and sealed every three years to protect the grout and natural stone if it exists.
Helpful Tips
1. Avoid painting grout lines, this will work short-term for appearances only and will result in costly solutions to remove the paint. It will eventually flake and bubble up sporadically. Ultimately, if the floor can’t be cleaned and sealed for protection, it may be time to start over with fresh grout or proceed with a nice remodel.
2. Never use bleach to mop grout, this will result with yellowing of your grout lines and permanent staining. Acid etching is a better solution.
3. Steam clean prior to grout repair. This will ensure the grout color is matched accurately to your true grout line colors.

Surfaces We Steam Clean:
• Ceramic
• Porcelain
• Travertine
• Marble
• Limestone
• Terra Cotta

The Paneless Cleaning Process begins with applying an alkaline grout treatment that emulsifies dirt to lift it to the top for extraction. Our certified technician will use a counter rotating brush machine to scrub the floors or showers. The truck mount with RO technology uses a high pressure of 900psi, heated to 230˚ steam, that suctions simultaneously.

Occasionally there are specified areas usually around commodes, kitchens, or heavy foot traffic areas that will have stained grout lines. Paneless can acid treat to etch out the staining. The success rate is highly dependent on what the stain is, how long it has been there, and if it has been painted over.
After investing in a professional clean, we recommend sealing the grout. The sealer is breathable, but waterproof, which allows moisture that comes up through the foundation to evaporate. This formula creates a long-lasting and durable layer of protection that makes maintaining your floors or showers “Paneless”.

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Gutter Cleaning: To Clean Or Not To Clean

Gutter Cleaning Dallas, TXGutter Cleaning to Prevent Damage

Gutters are rarely noticed or thought about until there is a problem. Mature trees, roof shingles, and occasionally animals can all cause issues in gutters. Any large amount of debris that gets wet and builds over time can eventually cause sagging and displacement of gutters. Watch out for nesting, if you see birds it is a good idea to bird proof. Bird waste can build up and become compacted in your gutters. On top of being unsightly, they can begin to smell. There are products safe for both birds and the environment that will encourage nesting elsewhere. If you have clogged downspouts, rain can actually run over the top of gutters. This causes streaks on the gutter face and the back up causes damage to the wood. Gutter cleaning is recommended twice a year before fall and early winter. This clears the way for fall and then cleans them out before freezing and expansion present a problem in winter.

Gutter Protection Systems

Tired of worrying about gutter cleaning? Then consider a gutter protection system. They are expensive but most have a 20 year warranty. Gutter protection systems are a fan favorite because they are unseen and save the cost of routine cleaning. The science behind the product is that only the smallest of particles are allowed through the screens. Larger debris sit on top and should dry up and blow off leaving your gutters free flowing and protected. They prevent nesting, and keep other critters out as well. If you would like to see a demo of the product or want to keep it simple and just have routine maintenance, give Paneless a call for a free consultation.

RO technology is reverse osmosis water that is filtered through a five-stage process. This process removes all total dissolved solids and chlorine that cause water to spot or dry hard because of minerals. Since the water is pure, it acts as a cleaning agent itself. Water loves minerals so when we remove those minerals, it wants them back. We refer to it as thirsty water. So ask yourself, what is in soil? Minerals. Now you have water that wants minerals. So we use this RO water to adsorb the soil on a window or floor surfaces. This RO water is incorporated into the majority of the services we provide.