Soda Blasting for Mold and Fire Damage Remediation

Hi Everybody!  Welcome to my blog 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. 

In my earlier postings, I explained what soda blasting is, what makes soda blasting such a unique cleaning process, some basic information on air compressors, on soda blasting equipment, and on stripping paint. Once you understand how soda blasting works, it is much easier to appreciate why it is such an effective, and safe, cleaning method for many different types of jobs.

In my last blog posting, before the big Hot Rod Show, I talked about stripping automotive paint for auto repairs and auto restorations.  Today, I am going to discuss one of the best eco-friendly cleaning uses for a soda blaster.

One of the most popular and effective uses for soda blasting is mold remediation and fire damage restoration.  Many mold remediation and fire damage restoration companies use soda blasting as an efficient and eco-friendly cleaning method.

Most mold remediation jobs involve mold removal in attics and crawl spaces, where the conditions are conducive to mold growth.  Some remediation companies use harsh chemicals or hand sanding to remove mold.  These types of solutions are not environmentally friendly and are inefficient from a labor utilization standpoint.

In recent years, more and more mold remediation and fire damage restoration companies are discovering the benefits of soda blasting. Soda blasting quickly and efficiently removes mold, carbon and smoke damage without harming the underlying material and without harming the environment.  And, as an added bonus, soda blasting deodorizes the affected area.  No musty or smoky odors!  It works the same as that box of baking soda that you put in your refrigerator to remove odors.

As I discussed in one of my earlier postings, soda blasting can remove super durable finishes such as powder coat paint.  Mold removal and fire damage restoration are some of the easiest jobs for a soda blaster to do.  Mold removal and fire damage restoration usually can be done using lower blasting pressures than needed for other types of work.  Using lower blasting pressure means that you use less soda blast media, making the job of mold removal and fire damage restoration more cost effective.  You can also use a leaner soda to air mixture ratio, which again uses less soda blast media

Labor efficiency is greater with soda blasting than with many other methods, especially with the use of a fan tip nozzle.  A fan tip nozzle puts out a flat, blade type spray pattern, which is perfect for cleaning joists, studs, roof decking, brick, cement block or any type of surface, which has mold or fire damage. Use of a fan tip nozzle greatly improves speed for this kind of work.  More efficient labor utilization means less time spent on the job site for improved profitability per job. 

With more efficient labor utilization, less material usage, and deodorizing ability all wrapped up in an eco-friendly cleaning method, it is easy to understand why more and more mold remediation and fire damage restoration companies are choosing soda blasting to get the job done.

I hope this helps you.  In coming posts, I’ll discuss various soda blasting applications in more detail, along with tips and ideas to help you with your cleaning project or business.  Thanks for reading!

 – The Sodablasting Guy

 

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Talking Soda Blasting at the Street Rod Nationals!

Hi Everybody!  Welcome to my blog 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.

I just returned from the 44th Annual Street Rod Nationals held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.  What an event!  It was estimated that over 12,000 hot rods were at the show.  If you’ve never attended one before, it is quite the automotive extravaganza.  In addition to the cars, there are numerous vendors exhibiting and selling all the latest in automotive related equipment and tools.  There are also a number of seminars on various automotive related subjects.  I was honored to have given a seminar on soda blasting at the show a few years ago.

I enjoyed talking with all of the hot rod guys and gals, who stopped by the ACE Automotive Cleaning Equipment booth at this year’s show. 

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It was wonderful to have the opportunity to answer questions about soda blasting and to help folks pick the right equipment for their car restoration projects.  Soda blasting was definitely a hot topic with the car restoration crowd!  I particularly enjoyed hearing the success stories from people using the soda blasting equipment, which they had purchased based on my recommendations.  Seeing old friends and making new ones always seems to be the order of the day at the show.  My sincerest thanks to all of you who stopped by to chat with me.  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

For those of you who couldn’t make it to the show this year, here are a few of the 12,000 hot rods that were in attendance!

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