High Access Solutions are now offering a revolutionary new concept for cleaning applications with the addition of specialist soda blasting equipment.
What is Soda Blasting?
With most blasting media such as sand, grit, glass beads etc, the process of blasting is ‘abrasive’. That means that it literally scratches the surface being blasted, like using sandpaper, removing any coatings present.
The soda used in soda blasting is a particular form of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda). Soda is virtually non-abrasive and will leave the original surface clean and unharmed. It does this by a remarkable process. Soda exits the nozzle at very high velocity and as it hits the hard surface, each soda crystal explodes on impact. The sudden release of energy blasts away the coating on whatever is being blasted. It is a very gentle way of removing whatever is present.
This ‘non-abrasive’ blasting means that polished surfaces like marble and stainless steel can be cleaned thoroughly without damage, removing any paint, ingrained dirt etc. It also means that soft materials like aluminium and timber can be blasted without distortion and damage to the surface. Precision, machined surfaces of engine components can be blasted with no fear of removing any material, just the surface dirt – ideal for pistons, gears etc. Car panels can be stripped of paint and, as no heat is generated during the process, there will be no distortion or rippling.
Soda is a natural degreaser and is thus ideal for engine parts. It is also completely harmless to bearings, seals etc so you need have none of the fears associated with bead and grit blasting. As soda is also a deodoriser and neutraliser, it is perfect for cleaning down kitchen equipment. Thick, burnt on grease can be blasted off cookers and back plates, leaving them like new.
Soda is also harmless to the environment. It washes away with water and causes no damage to any surroundings. The only precaution to take is with nearby vegetation such as grass etc. Any soda dust settling on vegetation should be washed off as it will cause brown staining – no harm, just staining. A thorough rinsing with water will eliminate this possibility.