Soda blasting, also known as baking soda blasting, is a process used in restoration, removal, and cleaning, and is perfect for treating delicate surfaces. Soda blasting integrates the use of the familiar household abrasive baking soda (also known as sodium bicarbonate), combined with compressed air to create the necessary impact in order to remove unwanted materials. Although soda blasting is similar to other methods (e.g. sandblasting), it is considered “soft media” blasting, meaning it’s a low impact alternative—ideal for delicate surfaces.
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Soda blasting is ideal for fire restoration projects because it can be applied to a sensitive substrate like wood without harming or warping the surface, while still effectively removing all ash and debris. In addition, soda blasting helps to absorb most of the odour that has infected all structural materials left behind.
Soda blasting is commonly used in the automotive industry because of its ability to blast glass, metal, plastic mouldings, and fibreglass without any damage, while still leaving a nice smooth finish. It’s perfect for blasting away coats of paint even in hard-to-reach and awkward areas, eliminating the need to disassemble vehicles.
The Benefits of Soda Blasting
While soda blasting is similar to other blasting media, it offers its own unique properties and advantages, making it an ideal method of cleaning.
- Is safe for use around food
- Absorbs odour and moisture
- Is sensitive on surfaces (will not warp or damage)
- Results in less downtime (no need to disassemble, or replace)
- Is recognized as a safe abrasive and can be used almost anywhere
- Breaks down immediately on contact
Frequently Asked Questions About Soda Blasting
What's the difference between soda blasting and sandblasting?
While similar techniques, soda blasting is a lower impact alternative to sand blasting. Soda blasting uses sodium bicarbonate as the blasting media, which is considered “soft media” blasting – making it ideal for use on delicate surfaces. Sand blasting uses coarse sand to blast away buildup, and is more abrasive to surfaces.
Can soda blasting remove rust?
Yes, soda blasting can remove rust from metal surfaces in the automotive industry, marine and aviation cleaning, and more.
What kind of soda do you use for blasting?
The blasting media is familiar household abrasive baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate.
Is soda blasting safe?
Yes – soda is recognized as a safe abrasive and can be used almost anywhere, even in food processing environments.
Can soda blasting remove paint?
Yes, soda blasting can safely remove paint without damaging the surface underneath.
Can soda blast media be reused?
No, soda is a one-time-use media.
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