Soda Blasting for Fire Damage and Other Uses

Soda blasting has been around since about the 1980s, when it was used in a conservative restoration of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Soda blasting is a form of abrasive blasting that’s quite mild compared to sandblasting, for example. It involves blasting sodium bicarbonate particles against a surface with compressed air. It has many purposes in disaster recovery and fire damage, but how else is it useful?

What is Soda Blasting Used For?

Soda blasting is used in cleaning, forms of restoration, industrial maintenance, disaster recovery, and even tooth cleaning! It’s mildness makes soda blasting very multifunctional. 

Some specific examples of uses are: 

  • Stripping varnish and paint 
  • Restoring automobiles and masonry 
  • Removing rust and graffiti 
  • Protecting steel against rust 
  • Maintaining industrial equipment 
  • Repairing and cleaning fire damage 

You can learn more about soda blasting here.

How Does It Work? 

A soda blaster is a self-contained system that uses compressed air to blast sodium bicarbonate particles through a nozzle and onto an affected surface. The soda used for blasting is friable meaning it crumbles easily and literally explodes surface materials away from the surface itself. 

Because sodium bicarbonate is much softer than the particles used for sandblasting, for example, technicians use much lower air pressure for blasting, usually around 20psi.  

Benefits of Soda Blasting for Fire Damage 

There are many reasons why this method trumps alternatives like sand and glass blasting! Because it’s less abrasive than blasting other particles, it’s useful for a wide array of applications. 

Soda blasting is an effective and environmentally friendly way to remove mould, olour, graffiti, paint, rust, and the effects of fire damage from all kinds of surfaces. Because it’s less abrasive, soda blasting causes less damage to the surface you’re treating. It’s also water soluble which means it’s easy to clean up after treatment. 

If you need help with fire damage and soot removal; mould, graffiti or paint removal; wall render removal or cleaning prior to rendering; eliminating odors, and so on, get in contact with Disaster Recovery. Our soda blasting is a cost effective solution to your problem!

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