The Difference Between Soda Blasting vs Sand Blasting
There are a number of differences between soda blasting and sand blasting, the most common type of abrasive blasting. It is important to understand these differences, in order to determine the appropriate method for your specific application.
Since soda is a softer mineral, it is more suitable for cleaning sensitive surfaces, such as wood, plastic, and chrome. The harsher abrasion of sand blasting can etch, score, or otherwise damage these types of surfaces. As soda blasting is unlikely to alter the shape of a surface, it can be used in a wider range of applications, including:
- Auto restoration
- Rust removal
- Mould cleaning
- Graffiti removal
- Fire and smoke damage cleaning
- Deck, fence, and door cleaning
- Masonry cleaning and restoration
In addition, sodium bicarbonate is a deodorizer, which makes it ideal for cleaning up mould or removing fire and smoke damage. Using soda blasting in this application will ensure that odours are greatly reduced in the affected areas, which will help return the property to a livable state.
Soda blasting is also a more environmentally-friendly option than sandblasting. Many sand blasting materials are not environmentally degradable (i.e. metal or plastic beads). Conversely, sodium bicarbonate is both biodegradable and water soluble, which means it will not build up in the local ecosystem and cause negative effects. It is edible and does not cause harm if ingested — assuming no paint, oil, or other cleaned compounds are mixed with it.
Sand blasting also creates more dust than soda blasting, which can lead to respiratory health concerns. However, both types of abrasive blasting will create particles in the air and we recommend always wearing proper personal protective equipment (PPE) with either method.
Another milder type of abrasive blasting is biodegradable citric waterblasting. This method of cleaning mixes citric cleaner with high-pressure water to remove graffiti on outdoor surfaces, such as wood, brick, or masonry.
Similar to soda blasting, citric water blasting is safe for the environment and non-toxic to humans. Water blasting is often referred to as power washing. It is a less effective method for cleaning harder materials, but effective for graffiti removal and other applications.
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