What is soda blasting? The process of soda blasting involves the use of a self-contained system known as a soda blaster to apply sodium bicarbonate onto a surface with compressed air. This method effectively cleans the materials surface. The application method is not destructive and is used in many areas such as automotive restoration, rust removal, paint stripping, graffiti removal and cleaning facilities used for food-processing and many others. Furthermore, it is very effective in cleaning up damage that has been caused by mold, fire or smoke as it also deodorizes the surface.
The baking soda blasting process is largely safe and involves the use of a soda blaster which is made up of different parts that are important for the cleaning to be successful. The parts that make up the system includes a blast hose, blast generator, blast nozzle, high-pressure compressed air and a system for moisture decontamination. The machine is used to propel a blast of sodium bicarbonate on the surface that is to be cleaned. As soon as the soda reaches the surface that is contaminated, its particles explode. During the explosion, energy is released resulting in the gentle removal of the contaminating substance without causing any harm to the surface.
- Soda blasting is eco-friendly because it uses bicarbonate soda to clean rather than the usual toxic products that have been used over the years.
- It is non-abrasive because the soda particles explode outwards when cleaning so that no damage is done to the surface. Also, no heat is produced on impact which ensures that the surface of the object does not get warped or distorted.
- The soda particles that are blasted by the soda blaster do not remain the on the surface except for a film of powder unlike when using sandblasting equipment where most of the sand is left on the surface making cleaning up an effort.
- Sodium bicarbonate has alkaline properties that are likely to harm any plants or vegetation nearby if there is no proper rinsing of the dust after treatment.
- Some soda particles may remain hidden in the crevices of the object after the treatment is done and therefore it is important to rinse the areas out well.
- Surface profiles cannot be created by soda blasting because of the non-abrasive nature of soda.
Useful Tips On Soda Blasting
Although, soda blasting has become very popular among car owners looking for ways to clean their vehicles, there are some factors to consider in removing all types of contamination successfully.
- Seek professional help. When soda blasting cars, it is important to work with a professional to avoid any damage to the vehicle or having work done that is not satisfactory. Car surfaces are delicate and one minor mistake may cause you a considerable amount of money to repair. Having a professional do this for you will prevent unnecessary expenses.
- Scrutinize cleaned-out surface carefully. There are times when the blasting process may reveal other problems which require more work such as powder coating for the surface of the vehicle to be restored. Inspect the material carefully after being cleaned to detect surfaces that needs further repair.
Overall, sand blasting is an effective way of removing surplus stains or dirt from a variety of objects without causing damage to their shape.