Sodablasting is a process in which sodium bicarbonate is applied against a surface using compressed air. An early use was to restore the Statue of Liberty in the late 1980s.
Sodablasting is a non-destructive method for many applications in cleaning, paint stripping, automotive restoration, industrial equipment maintenance, rust removal, graffiti removal, molecular steel passivation against rust, oil removal by saponification and translocation, masonry cleaning and restoration, soot remediation, boat hull cleaning and for food processing facilities and equipment.
Sodablasting can be used for cleaning cars, boat hulls, masonry, and food processing equipment. Sodablasting can also be used to remove graffiti and to clean structural steel. Soda blasting is very effective for mold and fire/smoke damage cleanup as it cleans and deodorizes.
A Sodablaster is a self contained system that includes a blast generator, high pressure compressed air, moisture decontamination system, blast hose, and a blast nozzle. The blast nozzle in sodablasting applications is not a typical wear part, as a result nozzles can be ceramic or metal, such as tungsten carbide.
The blasting material consists of formulated sodium bicarbonate (also known as baking soda). Blasting soda is an extremely friable material that has micro fragmentation on impact, literally exploding away surface materials without damage to the substrate.
ASodablaster differs from a sand blaster in that the Sodablaster is a direct pressure system, not gravity-fed. The blast media is directly forced out of the pressure vessel, not introduced into a stream of compressed air.
- no toxic fumes or chemical solvents required
- absorbs odours and has a benign ph of 8.2
- the media is relatively soft at 2.5 mohs hardness
- no sparking, non flammable, non hazardous, water soluble
- gentle yet effective cleaning with a minimum of disturbance to the substrate
- will not etch glass
- will not damage bearings or seals (product is friable – breaks on contact)
- food grade approved
- generally more aggressive and less costly than dry ice
- Substrates that can be baking soda blasted include but are not limited to aluminum, stainless steel, brass, brick, concrete, cast iron, copper, fiberglass, some plastics and more.
Typical applications include the following examples:
- effectively removes algae, carbon, dirt, fat, grease, oil, paint, soot, char and more.
- automotive paint removal
- building cleaning and restoration
- graffiti removal
- fire & smoke damage cleanup / insurance restoration jobs
- marine antifouling removal / antifouling surface preparation on boats
- industrial & food grade equipment cleaning and paint removal
- stainless steel cleaning
- mould remediation services
- aluminum cleaning
Contact Steam Canada for Soda Blasting services!