Soda Blasting is achieved using a high volume, low pressure, wet or dry blasting machine to propel the soda blasting media onto the surface to be cleaned. When the soda blast media comes in contact with the surface contaminant, the sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) particles explode. The energy released by this explosion gently removes the contaminant without harming the surface.
How was this process developed?
In 1972, New York State engineers were challenged with the daunting task of cleaning and restoring the Statue of Liberty with out damaging the statue or the environment. The conventional methods in use at the time would not only damage the statue's delicate copper plates, but would create harmful waste in the surrounding waterways. Soda blasting was thus invented to accomplish the task of cleaning and restoring the statue, while keeping the surrounding environment safe.
What are a few of the benefits of soda blasting?
Eliminates the need of using toxic cleaning chemicals.
Does not produce thermal spark or heat.
One-step cleaning and decoating process.
Water-soluble and environmentally safe.
Equipment is transportable.