Soda Blast Cleaning for Fire Restoration

Posted On September 9, 2015

Fire can cause a lot of damage. Caught early, the damage can be limited, but soot, smoke and grime left over once the fire has been extinguished can cause problems. Luckily, many people are taking advantage of the effects that soda blast cleaning can have on fire or smoke damaged places, and they’re benefitting from great results.

What is Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting is a process of removing contaminants from surfaces with almost no damage on the original surface. When the surface being cleaned is delicate soda blast cleaning is an effective method. The process integrates the use of baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate and air compressed under low pressure. The mixture fractures any particles on the surface and removes them. It displaces paint, rust, grease and mostly soot after a fire.  

Gone are the days whereby a structure covered in a residual of soot and other contaminants would be cleaned through hours of scraping. Soda blasting replaces days of work into hours. Many have testified to the fact that it is an equal method for fire restoration to dry ice cleaning. They realized the soda’s ability to clean and also help remove the odor after the fire is much more effective than other methods. This is due to the fact that it is a natural component and its alkaline nature neutralizes the acidity of the residue.  

Soda blast cleaning is a fast and convenient method of soot cleaning. When you look at the timescale involved, it’s no wonder people prefer to use this method as it requires less equipment and the process itself is easy, for professional contractors to do. In fire restoration, the use of an axial fan and a dust sock is almost vital. The fan drives out the dust and provides good visibility for the cleaner.

The Difference Between Dry Ice Cleaning and Soda Cleaning

As opposed to dry ice cleaning, there is a secondary residual when using sodium bicarbonate. The space left with the soot is filled with the soda. This gives the surface a feel of superior finish, smooth and appealing to the eye. If you’re cleaning a wood surface of charred matter, the result appears to have been sanded, giving the wood surface a new look.  

Soda cleaning is a good option for fire restoration as it saves a lot of demolition and reconstruction. Instead of removing a burnt surface and later replacing it, it is more effective to soda blast the surface. It saves on time that would have been used on reconstruction.  

The use of soda as an abrasive to clean was discovered in the early 70’s.  Whilst more research is being done on other methods of cleaning, for now, soda blast cleaning a great choice for fire restoration.