Soda Blasting Swimming Pool Tile

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Soda blasting swimming pool tile on Maui using the ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Portable Soda Blaster – (Photos and video courtesy of Maui SodaBlast, LLC – Paia, Hawaii – owners John & Rina Andrade)

Hi Everybody! Happy Summer!  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 a few popular applications. Once you understand how soda blasting works, it is much easier to appreciate why it is such an effective, safe, and eco-friendly cleaning method for many different types of jobs.

As I mentioned before, soda blasting has become a worldwide phenomenon! As I think back over the last several years, I am amazed at all of the different types of projects that I’ve been involved with, from helping do-it-yourself home owners, to assisting all kinds of businesses, large and small. I enjoy hearing from people, who have used soda blasting on their projects based on my recommendations. It is very satisfying to know that I’ve helped someone achieve completion of an important job.

Summertime! Yea! Yesterday was the first day of summer and there is no better way to enjoy those hot summer days than by taking a refreshing dip in your swimming pool, or lounging around in your spa. One of the down sides of having your own pool or spa is cleaning the calcium build up that accumulates around the waterline. This unsightly build up tarnishes the beauty of the tile work around many pools and spas. Fortunately, there is an effective, environmentally friendly way to take care of the problem without harming the beauty of the tile. You guessed it….soda blasting!

Today, I want to tell you about a pool maintenance and repair business, which called me a while back, wanting to know if soda blasting could help them expand their business and help their profitability. John & Rina Andrade operate Maui SodaBlast in beautiful Paia, Hawaii. Hawaii is probably the most environmentally aware state in the USA. John & Rina insisted that they only wanted to use an eco-friendly, green cleaning process in their business. After discussing the benefits of soda blasting for their business, they decided to purchase the ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Portable Soda Blaster.

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As John wrote to me recently, “We own a Pool Maintenance & Repair business and I thought it would be good to offer a calcium (hard water line on the tile) removal service to our clients. It ended up being a great idea! Soda blasting has added about 20% to our bottom line, but that is a conservative number because we do not advertise, just recurring clients and a hand full of referrals.  Clients are very happy with the restoration of their pool tile and also love the idea the media is eco-friendly. Maui is a small island and word has gotten around quickly.”

As you can see, the transformations are striking! No more calcium buildup and beautifully clean tile and stone, with no damage.

BEFORE SODA BLASTING

BEFORE SODA BLASTING

AFTER SODA BLASTING

AFTER SODA BLASTING

John soda blasts with a media specifically designed for pool cleaning and has “never had any problems with pitting or damaging glass or ceramic tile. The operator has to adjust the PSI depending how stubborn the water line (calcium).” John says that “keeping the nozzle at an angle works best. Also, I recommend keeping the nozzle moving, do not keep it in place too long. Reason being the grout line can be blown out if not careful and adjusting PSI as you go. Some calcium build ups are harder to remove than others, which is why the operator may have to increase the PSI.”

Click on the link below to see a short video of the actual process in action:

Soda blasting swimming pool tile – ACE Model 2-PS

Using the ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Soda Blaster makes the job quick and efficient. John states that, “The actual time in the water soda blasting all depends on the size of the pool, multiple bodies of water, spill over and/or negative edge and trough. But for a basic pool at 15-20k gallons, I might use a bag and a half to two bags, but no more than three. I might be in the water max 2 hours; the hardest part of the job is setting up, breaking down, and cleaning up the media off of the pool deck.”

BEFORE SODA BLASTING

BEFORE SODA BLASTING

AFTER SODA BLASTING

AFTER SODA BLASTING

If you have unsightly calcium build-up around your pool or spa, consider cleaning it the way it is being done in the environmentally conscious state of Hawaii. Whether you have a swimming pool cleaning business, a property management business, or a home pool, soda blasting is the way to restore the beauty of your pool, spa, fountain, or water feature.

I hope this helps you out. In future postings, I’ll write about some of the other interesting projects that I’ve been involved with, using soda blasting. Soda blasting really is one of the most exciting, environmentally friendly cleaning processes available today. We are all put here on this planet for a short time, so let’s make the best of it and help preserve it for future generations.

Thanks for reading my blog! – The Soda Blasting Guy

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BACK TO THE FUTURE!

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 a few popular applications. Once you understand how soda blasting works, it is much easier to appreciate why it is such an effective, safe, and eco-friendly cleaning method for many different types of jobs.

As I mentioned in my last blog posting, soda blasting has become a worldwide phenomenon! As I think back over the last several years, I am amazed at all of the different types of projects that I’ve been involved with, from helping do-it-yourself home owners, to assisting all kinds of businesses, large and small. I enjoy hearing from people that have used soda blasting on their projects, based on my recommendations. It is very satisfying to know that I’ve helped someone achieve completion of an important job.

Since I am a history, auto, and nostalgia fan, I want to tell you about one of my favorites. One day, I got a call from a gentleman at General Motors. He asked if soda blasting would be a good way to clean up an old metal structure that had been sitting in storage for nearly 50 years. The structure consisted of several panels of arched aluminum, each one about 30 feet in length. They had been part of an old display that GM wanted to restore for use again. He said that they were structurally sound, but were stained and discolored from decades of built up crud, grime, grease and dirt all over them.

I couldn’t believe what I had just heard. Barely able to contain my excitement, I said “Motorama?” There was a moment of silence, and then he asked, “How did you know that?” I explained that I was kind of a nostalgia fan and was very familiar with Motorama.

Motorama was a traveling auto show in the 1950’s. These automobile extravaganzas were designed to whet public appetite and boost automobile sales with displays of fancy prototypes, concept vehicles and other special “Dream Car” models. Almost 11 million people attended these shows from 1949 to 1961. The Chevrolet Corvette was originally designed as a show car for the 1953 Motorama display at the New York Auto Show, where it generated enough interest to induce GM to make a production version for sale to the public.

These particular panels were suspended from above the main display stage, on which the most important concept cars sat. Very cool stuff for a nostalgic, retro fan.

After a detailed discussion about the condition of the panels, I told him that soda blasting was the best way to restore this historic piece of Americana. He agreed, and after researching portable soda blasters, decided to purchase an ACE Model 2-PS Heavy Duty Portable Soda Blaster to do this important job.

Since restoring the panels back to original appearance was essential, I recommended using a medium maintenance grade of soda blast media, and starting at a low blasting pressure. Sure enough, the panels cleaned up, and were restored back to their former glory. It was satisfying to play a part in the restoration of an icon from the “Golden Age” of American automotive history.

I’ll write about some of the other interesting projects that I’ve been involve with, using soda blasting, in future postings. Soda blasting really is one of the most exciting, environmentally friendly cleaning processes available today. Here’s wishing you and your family a Happy Holiday season. We are all put here on this planet for a short time, so let’s make the best of it and help preserve it for future generations.

Thanks for reading my blog! – The Soda Blasting Guy

Soda Blasting – An Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Revolution!

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 a few popular applications. Once you understand how soda blasting works, it is much easier to appreciate why it is such an effective, safe, and eco-friendly cleaning method for many different types of jobs.

Soda blasting has become a worldwide phenomenon! I just got back from my first visit to my new dentist. He is known as someone who likes to be on the leading edge of dentistry, and is highly regarded in our local area. He actually used a dental soda blaster to clean my teeth! In addition to cleaning the teeth, he told me that it also creates a healthier environment in the mouth and gums. How cool is that?

Things have been very busy around here this year. I have had the opportunity to discuss soda blasting with literally hundreds of people from all around the world. Over the last few weeks alone, I have talked with people in Chile, Spain, Ukraine, China, South Korea, Ireland, England, South Africa, Botswana, Turkey, Poland, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Gibraltar, India, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Cyprus, Malaysia, Zimbabwe, St. Lucia, Kenya….oh well, you get the idea. People from all corners of the world want to know about soda blasting!

As more and more people look for environmentally friendly methods of conducting their business or doing a job, they are discovering the benefits of soda blasting. Whether they want to strip paint, clean up fire damage, remove graffiti, refurbish factory equipment and machinery, rebuild pumps, clean swimming pools and fountains, redo the bottom paint on their boat, clean restaurant cooking surfaces and exhaust hoods, renovate an old house, clean the backyard barbeque grill, rebuild engines, remove old stickers and decals, cleanup a moldy attic or crawlspace, or do countless other types of work, people from all around the world are turning to soda blasting!

In the first hour this morning, I have already been contacted by a company in India about soda blasting in oil field facilities, and by a woman in Canada about household uses for a soda blaster. Something’s happening here. It’s an environmentally friendly cleaning revolution!

It’s easy to become part of this new wave. One manufacturer, who builds soda blasters for companies and individuals alike, is ACE Automotive Cleaning Equipment. Don’t let the name fool you. They started out in 1976 focusing on the auto industry, but have branched out since then into every field imaginable. Good equipment, good people.

I’d like to hear from you about jobs or projects that you, or your company, may be able to do with soda blasting. Just leave me a comment and I’ll write future blogs about them.

Here’s wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving to my readers in the USA, and Best Wishes to all of you around the world. We are all put here on this planet for a short time, so let’s make the best of it and help preserve it for future generations.

Thanks for reading my blog! – The Soda Blasting Guy

Misinformation in the Internet Age

“The problem with internet quotes is that you can’t always depend on their accuracy” -Abraham Lincoln, 1864

Almost everybody has seen some variation of the Abraham Lincoln “quote” at one time or another as they surf the web. Of course the “quote” is a fabrication, but it drives home a very important point: You can’t believe everything that you read on the internet. Anybody can post anything on any subject at any time. From a 14 year old kid posting lies about another kid, who likes the same girl as he does, to political opponents seeking election to the same position. It’s easy to do and completely anonymous.

Unfortunately, it is also a wide spread practice in business. It’s easy to write a false review about a local business competitor on Angie’s List, or write a false product review about your competitor’s product on some industry or business website, especially about a product that is not well known to the general public. Want to make it look “official”? Just call yourself the Association for XYZ or the Coalition for a Better 123. You get the idea.

Sitting behind a keyboard and googling a topic or product is a good way to do some basic research. Just about every piece of information on any subject is available on the internet. That’s a great starting point. But, somewhere along the line, you have to actually talk to someone about it.

Buying a piece of soda blasting equipment is no different. You have to talk to someone about it eventually. What happens when you do talk to someone? Do they try to fully understand your project, or are they just trying to sell you a “unit”. Do they seem to answer your questions honestly, or do they sound like a used car salesman? Do they talk about their soda blaster, or do they bad mouth their competitor’s equipment?

Is the equipment right for your job? You don’t need something capable of stripping a bridge if you just want to strip a car or boat bottom, for example.

If you have read some of my other blog postings, hopefully you can see that I have been trying to educate people about soda blasting. It is a wonderful, eco-friendly blasting process that needs to become better known to the general population. This blog is trying to spread the word. Use the information as a part of your education on soda blasting.

Thanks for reading my blog! – The Sodablasting Guy