About Soda Blasting
About Soda Blasting
What is soda blasting?
Soda blasting is a method of removing surface contaminants and coatings by using sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). Compressed air from specialized blasting machine propels particles against the surface to be cleaned. As the sodium bicarbonate particles come in contact with the surface, it removes the contaminant or coating. The sodium bicarbonate and blasting machine work in unison to perform this removal process in a nondestructive manner. The soda blasting is usually done in open air, booth or cabinet. The Soda Blaster is ideal for cleaning all types of delicate equipment and surfaces. It eliminates sanding, soaking, scrubbing, and abrasive blasting.
Soda is unique in the world of soft abrasives
Sodium bicarbonate abrasive, also known as baking soda, is the same material used in powder form for baking, in toothpastes, and in a number of other consumer products. The abrasive particles pulverize completely on impact to a fine dust.
Sodium bicarbonate is soluble in water. Therefore, the abrasive will be dissolved or can be washed off after the blasting is completed. This reduces the amount of abrasive debris compared to the amount of material removed from the surface. If the cleaned surface is going to be painted, the sodium bicarbonate must be washed off. Hot water is most effective at dissolving sodium bicarbonate.
Sodium bicarbonate has been used in architectural operations such as smoke, soot, and graffiti removal, and historic restorations. It finds uses in general plant maintenance, especially in the food industries. Sodium bicarbonate is non-sparking, so it is useful in natural gas and petroleum refining plants.
does not harm glass, ceramic, metal, etc.
breaks down on contact
does not create sparks or react to electricity
easily dissolved or washed away with water.
non-hazardous and safe if accidentally ingested
Well known chemistry
Recognized as safe
Can be used almost anywhere