Hi Everybody! This is my first blog posting about soda blasting, the environmentally friendly cleaning method that uses a form of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) in place of other non-environmentally friendly, and health hazardous blasting medias like sand.
What is soda blasting?
Soda blasting uses a form of ecofriendly sodium bicarbonate to remove most types of coatings and soils including paint, carbon, mold, oil, dirt and more, from almost any surface. The soda blast media is a large, jagged, irregular shaped crystal of sodium bicarbonate. It is this crystal size and shape, which is responsible for soda blasting’s unique cleaning properties. When delivered under pressure, through a soda blaster, the crystal shatters upon impact with the item being cleaned. The shattered crystals are reduced to a fine powder once used. As a result, soda blast media is a one-time use media. It cannot be reclaimed and reused. The soda residue is water soluble.
Since it is a one-time use media, it is very important that soda blast media be used through a soda blaster designed to maximize the cost efficient use of the media. Sand blasters and most multi-media type blasters are not designed to do this efficiently.
Soda blast media is a relatively soft crystal, and when used properly, is very gentle to the underlying substrate material being cleaned. It is non-sparking, and the process produces very little heat. As a result, soda blasting will not warp thin metal panels, and will not change dimensional or surface characteristics of metal parts, since it does not remove any of the underlying material. Soda blasting leaves a fresh looking surface on metals, and does not harm chrome, glass, bearings or rubber seals. By using a soda blaster, equipped with an adjustable pressure regulator, soft materials like wood and fiberglass can also be soda blasted.
Some popular uses for soda blasting include auto, truck, boat, motorcycle and various equipment restoration; mold and fire damage remediation; engine and transmission rebuilding; rapid prototype cleanup; pump and electric motor refurbishing; graffiti removal; furniture restoration; pool, statue and concrete cleanup, and much, much more!
In coming posts, I’ll discuss various soda blasting applications in detail, along with tips and ideas to help you with your cleaning project or business. Thanks for reading!
– The Sodablasting Guy