Soda blasting for Fire Damage Removal
For many, many years the only method of removing the charred and blackened surface of otherwise sound wooden structural members after a fire was the extremely labor and time intensive method of scraping the charred material away. Even after all that work, the burned odor still remained.
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 strip away the burned and charred surface leaving clean bare wood exposed all without harming exposed wiring, piping or fixtures. The soda also provides the added benefit of absorbing the lingering burned odor. 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 do fire restoration work and strip paint 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 before blowing or washing the dust away.
Soda as a blasting media has many other uses as well. It is used for mold remediation, cleaning stains from concrete, graffiti removal, cleaning years of tarnish from copper and brass fixtures and paint stripping. It is widely used in auto 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