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Soda Blasting

August 20th, 2013 · No Comments

Today we are going to share with you how we clean up soot in hard to clean areas after a fire. Basements and attics often have floor or roof joists head and sometimes unfinished walls where the wall studs or concrete are visible and need to be cleaned. With many rough unfinished surfaces soda blasting becomes a great option for cleaning off the soot from all surfaces.

Soda blasting is similar to sand blasting except it does not damage the surface that is being cleaned. Below is an image where we soda blasted the left side of the wall and the right side has not been cleaned yet. The difference is visible from the before and after soda blasting.

Soda Blasting

The baking soda is pushed out to the surfaces mixed with air pressure to remove the unwanted residue from the surface. This process is much faster than using wire brushes or harsh chemicals to clean the surface.  Soda blast media is FDA approved, non-toxic, and contains no free silica: it is non-sparking, non-flammable, non-hazardous, and environmentally safe. When the sodium bicarbonate comes in contact with the surface it explodes and that energy from this microscopic molecular action causes the surface to become clean. Because it is the amount of media that is applied and not the amount of pressure it helps preserve the surface behind and remove what is needed.

After all surfaces have been cleaned the powder that remains can be easily swept up and the mess is gone. While we use this technique it does cause dust into the air but to prevent this dust from spreading to other areas we use negative air pressure to keep the dust level down. Read more about this next week.

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