February 22, 2017

Soda Blasting | Media Blasting

Soda Blasting – One of our top media blasting services

New England Remediation Services is in the restoration business. We are all about taking something from a state of disrepair back to a “like new” condition. This could mean an attic space plagued with mold, a fire ravaged building, or rust on an antique automobile.

There are a variety of media blasting services, like soda blasting, that we can incorporate into a restoration project, depending on specific conditions of that project.

Soda Blasting. Soda blasting is one of the gentler methods of removing surface material. It does not damage the substrate because it strips the surface material using air pressure. There are many advantages to media blasting with soda. It is environmentally friendly and efficient. The fine particles leave no grit and very little cleanup. Because baking soda acts as a cleaner, degreaser and deodorizer, soda blasting is the method of choice for cleaning machinery and fire damaged services.

One of the unique advantages of baking soda is that it is alkaline, having a pH around 8.4. This is especially beneficial for auto restoration. Traditional methods of sandblasting antique autos would not only pit the surface, but immediate oxidation of the exposed metal would cause flash-rusting. Baking soda gently removes old paint and prevents flash-rusting by inhibiting the acidic environment that rust thrives in.

Our crews recently completed a restoration project at Wentworth Douglass Hospital in Dover New Hampshire, where discoloration had affected pillars that were within a water feature. We were able to soda blast those pillars without negatively affecting the aquatic environment. There were no EPA restrictions because soda is a completely natural cleaning product!

Dry Ice Blasting. Dry ice blasting is a very effective method for remediating mold, mainly because dry ice freezes the mold and kills it on contact. The rapidly expanding pellets create thousands of explosions per second just before hitting the surface, effectively freezing and “blowing” the mold off the substrata without pitting or damaging it.

Dustless Blasting. This type of blasting method removes nearly any type of coasting from a variety of material. Dustless blasting uses water, which is 400 times more dense than air —which increases the power immensely. Because water adds mass, much less media is needed to get the job done. The media is trapped in the water and the resulting debris is contained.

Walnut Shells. A fairly new type of surface blasting method that has proven itself lately is walnut shell media blasting. Walnut shell is used when a coarser blast media than soda is required. Walnut shell is able to get in all of the nooks and crannies and is well-suited for exterior projects because it is 100% environmentally friendly. NERS crews just finished blasting the exterior of a log home with walnut shells and it did a phenomenal job!

Walnut shells were introduced as a substitute for corn cob blast media. Similar in texture and function, but much less expensive once supply and demand for ethanol drove up the cost of any products made out of corn.

Do you have a restoration project on the horizon? Give us a call! We would be glad to assist you in providing the most safe and effective method of surface preparation available for your project.