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Fire Restoration

Not long ago it was thought that Soda Blasting may be able to remove soot, carbon and residue after a fire. The process was able to remove the residues and even some light charring from wood and other surfaces without further damage.

Due to baking soda's low relative hardness of 2.5 and its odor neutralizing properties, baking soda blasting is a natural source for fire restoration. Smoke and soot damage can be removed from brick, concrete block, concrete, interlocking stone, wood studs, joist, truss and sheathing materials.

Baking soda removes the visual damage as well as eliminating the “smell” associated with the damage due to its natural deodorizing properties. Fire, smoke and ash normally have a high pH (strong base). Baking soda quickly absorbs the odor. The baking soda neutralizes more of the affected air the longer they are in contact.

Soda Blasting is four times faster than hand sanding and brushing, and leaves wood with what can best be describes as a “like new” appearance. It is non-sparking, non flammable, non hazardous and environmentally safe.

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Automotive & Aircraft

Soda Blasting is an alternative to traditional chemical stripping processes. Baking soda is a soft blast media with a heavier specific gravity and less hardness than most plastic abrasives. Soda reduces the amount of hazardous waste generated and the number of hours required for paint stripping. Generally prewashing and masking are not required and there is no size limit for parts being stripped.

Baking soda is less expensive, has a low pH and is water soluble and is preferred for use on high-value parts and critical components. Soda blasting has filled a very important niche in the automotive and aerospace industries. Baking soda's solubility makes surface preparation and clean up faster and easier. Baking soda is also the only soft-abrasive material that can be removed completely by simply rinsing with water or other agents.

Contamination is not a concern due to the blasting being one pass only and is not recirculated. Baking soda sweeps away grease and oil, because the soda does not become inhibited by the oil and grease like other mediums. The soda breaks apart on impact and aids in revealing cracks instead of filling them. Just rinse to clear passages after blasting. It is non-sparking, non flammable, non hazardous and environmentally safe.

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Marine

When the gelcoat has been damaged water can get between the gelcoat and the fiberglass causing blisters, fractures, and delamination. Recognized hull cleaning and paint stripping methods rely on scraping, sanding and hazardous chemicals.  This may cause damage that is difficult to detect and may be mistakenly painted over.  Historically, these processes require additional repair work to the hull, increasing the repair time and costs.

Soda blasting is able to remove the heavy layers of peeling paint which causes a rough surface and decreases the performance resulting in poor fuel efficiency. This process reveals blisters, cracks and potential delamination and damage from prior maintenance without causing any damage to the boat. Soda blasting is a high pressure process that removes paint, marine growth and contaminants in a fraction of the time and cost. It has proven itself to be the safest and cleanest process and is environmentally safe.

Soda blasting is also used to clean and degrease outdrives, engine and the engine compartment. Soda is a non-abrasive media that removes grime, smoke , grease, salt corrosion and will not harm mechanical or electric parts. It is non-sparking, non flammable, non hazardous and environmentally safe.

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Food Processing

Baking Soda is the only soft –abrasive material that allows for complete removal of food residues, microbes, carbonized grease, protein build-up, peeling paint, pests, caramelized grease and rust. Soda blasting allows a disinfectant to complete the hygiene process. Food contact surfaces must be free of organic materials to be sanitized properly.

Baking soda is environmentally safe and non-abrasive (won’t damage equipment). Baking soda has a zero microbial reading after blasting. It is OSHA, USDA/FDA and Kosher approved.

Soda blasting helps to prevent product recalls, bacteria growth, pest harborage, accidents, decreased productivity, difficult cleaning operations and rinses away with water or sanitizer. It is non-sparking, non flammable, non hazardous and environmentally safe.

Common Applications

Stripping Cars, Trucks, Trailers, Containers & Heavy Equipment, Surface Rust Removal, Stain Elimination, Grease & Oil Removal, De-Grease and Strip Engine Components, Fiberglass & Wood Boat Stripping, Mold Redemption, Fire Restoration.

Materials Which Can Be Safely Soda Blasted

Aluminum, Fiberglass, Neoprene, Steel, Asphalt, Galvanized Metals, P.V.C., Stucco, Brass, Glass, Plastic, Tile, Brick, Granite, Porcelain, Carbon, Iron, Rubber, Cast Iron, Limestone, Wood, Concrete, Marble, Stainless Steel, Copper, Masonry, Structural Steel.

• Automobile Restoration
• Motorcycle Restoration
• Trucks
• Tractors
• Engines
• Gears
• Aircraft
• Farm Equipment
• Machinery
• Trailers
• Sidewalks
• Animal Enclosures
• Fire Damage
• Monument Restoration
• Signs
• Food Processing Plants
• Statue Restoration
• Building Restoration
• Paint Preparation
• Paint Stripping
• Swimming Pools
• Boat Preservation
• Boat Refinishing
• General Cleaning
• Parts Cleaning
• Tanks
• Communication Towers
• Pipes
• Graffiti Removal
• Concrete & Floors
• Heavy Equipment
• Locomotives
• Rail Cars
• Homes
• Fences
• Decks
• Out Buildings
• Recreational Equipment
• Lawn Furniture
Just About Anything

Where Soda Blasting Can Be Used

Auto Body Shops, Farm Equipment, Museum Antiquities, Used Equipment Dealerships, Boatyards/Marinas, Food & Beverage Processors, New Equipment Dealers, Buildings, Building Cleanup, Garbage Haulers, Printing Companies, Yacht Clubs, Gas Stations, Public Transit Stations, Zoos, City Maintenance, General Contractors, Railroad Cars & Engines, Dairy Operations, Historical Societies, Real Estate, Decontamination, Meat Processors, Log Homes, School Districts, Earthmoving Equipment, Military Maintenance, Truck/Bus Fleets, Oil & Gas Production and Storage, Electrical Utilities.

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Mold Removal

With the restoration of The Statue of Liberty, soda blasting has made a niche in the market known as sand blasting. Sand blasting is still used, but, due to silicosis (an injury similar to asbestosis), baking soda has grown in popularity and diversity.

Soda Blasting is four times faster than hand sanding and brushing, and leaves wood with what can best be describes as a “like new” appearance.

Baking soda has always been known as a safe, pure product to the user and the environment (how many cleaning media would you use to bake a cake?). When looking at baking soda for mold removal you need to concentrate on just a few of these characteristics. Soda blasting effectively removes mold while providing minimal damage to the underlying surface (i.e., wood, PVC, modern wiring, ductwork, etc.). Baking soda blasting is a fast, efficient removal of mold and mold spores with as little damage, waste and clean up possible. With the correct equipment, the amount of baking soda used is reduced to the smallest amount possible. Less baking soda means less cleanup and better visibility. It is non-sparking, non flammable, non hazardous and environmentally safe.

Just removing the mold growth from the surface is not enough. I strongly recommend cleaning up the site with the use of a Hepa vacuum. The site may also have to be contained with a negative pressure enclosure (to keep the mold inside the enclosure). With these procedures we can safely remove mold from most surfaces. The Hepa vacuuming will be done when the mold removal is complete.

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