Soda blasting is an innovative and environmentally friendly technique of removing paint, dirt, coatings, graffiti, mold, and other surface contaminates which will not cause damage to the actual surface that is being cleaned. Soda blasting is a non-abrasive blasting action that uses sodium bicarbonate. This is a water-soluble and non-toxic compound that does not cause any heat build up, sparks, or abrasion to the surface that is being cleaned. Therefore, it can be used in both the indoor or outdoor environment.
The Creation of Soda Blasting
Soda blasting was developed by New York State engineers in order to clean and restore the Statue of Liberty. There were many environmental concerns and issues including the waste that would contaminate the surrounding waters. There was also the need to protect the statue itself. The use of any abrasive material or abrasive cleaning would have been harmful to the statue’s delicate copper plates. Soda blasting was created because it allowed the engineers not only restore the statue to its original gleam, it would keep the surrounding environment safe, and not harm the statue.
Uses of soda blasting
• Removes graffiti, paint, dirt, coatings and other surface contaminates from surfaces
• Safe to use on aluminum, stainless steel, brick, stone, glass, fiberglass, wood, steal, plastic, seals, and bearings
• Used in remediation to remove contamination from structural or load bearing items that can not be removed.
Advantages of soda blasting• Environmentally safe
• Does not wear down or damage the base surfaces being cleaned like sand blasting
• Does not cause heat build up, sparks, or abrasion
• Sodium Bicarbonate can act as a rust inhibitor
• One step process for cleaning and de-coating
• Eliminates the need for use of toxic cleaning chemicals
• The process and equipment are easily transportable