Soda blasting for Stain Removal on Masonry
The most common methods for removing stains from concrete surfaces have been extremely labor intensive wire brushing, the use of hazardous acid chemical cleaners or silica based blast media. Brushing requires a great deal of time and effort, acids and abrasive blasting introduce a great deal of danger to the operator and environment. None certainly are desirable methods.
There is another alternative rapidly increasing in popularity in the form of Soda Blasting using Bicarbonate of Soda, more commonly known as "Baking Soda",. The technology is fairly recent having been developed in the mid 80's primarily for the purpose of cleaning the Statue of Liberty inside and out, a delicate task requiring effectiveness without damage. This same method allows the user to gently and quickly eradicate stains from any concrete or masonry surface such as walks, patios, walls, swimming pools, fountains and more. Up until now, this process required a costly visit by a contractor with cumbersome and expensive, trailer mounted equipment. The Eastwood Company now offers the benefit of lightweight and portable equipment easily obtainable to the average homeowner or contractor who wishes to remove stains and freshen masonry surfaces quickly and efficiently without inflicting additional damage.
Perhaps the best feature of soda is the fact that it is completely inert and water soluble saving a great deal of clean up time with no environmental impact when the job is done. Of course the proper steps should be taken to recover removed paint particles and mold residue before blowing or sweeping the dust away. Also, proper respiratory and bodily protection methods and equipment should always be used.
Soda as a blasting media has many other uses as well. It is also used for fire damage removal, mold remediation, graffiti removal, cleaning years of tarnish from copper and brass fixtures and paint stripping. It is widely used in auto and marine restoration to strip paint from metal and fiberglass and also has the ability to clean and degrease complex mechanical assemblies such as transmissions or rear axles with no harm to internal moving parts. Many folks also use it to clean underhood areas with no removal of or harm to components or wiring.
As always, Eastwood offers our customers the latest and best in equipment and supplies to help make that project the best it can be. We now have several Soda Blasting units to choose from, and a selection of Bicarbonate of Soda Medias Available. Click here to learn more about Bicarbonate Soda Media