Soda Blasting Vs Sand Blasting

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Sandblasting is a term used to describe abrasive blasting of hard products. Abrasive blasting is the process of applying an abrasive media such as sand to an item at high pressure to clean it or remove products such a rust, paint etc.

It is generally used to remove products from machinery and metal. Sandblasting does not just use sand as a media and other commonly used abrasives are glass beads and crushed walnut and coconut shells. The high pressures used in sandblasting would obviously cause damage to delicate surfaces.

Beam Clean & Restore use a method called soda blasting and this works by using a non abrasive media such as bicarbonate of soda and only using extremely low pressures to work. Even though the pressures used are so low they can still effectively removes products such a paint, varnish, smoke damage, dirt and grime without damage to the delicate surfaces.

Positives Of Soda Blasting

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Gentle and non-abrasive
  • Does not pit surfaces
  • Removes grease and paint
  • Cleans mould and deodorizes
  • Removes smoke and fire damage
  • Non-toxic and water soluble

Positives Of Sand Blasting

  • Better for industrial applications
  • More effective at removing rust from metals
  • Faster

Negatives Of Soda Blasting

  • Running costs are higher

Negatives Of Sand Blasting

  • Not recommended for delicate surfaces
  • Generates heat through friction
  • Will pit surfaces
  • Does not sanitize or deodorize
  • Is very messy and dusty

Soda blasting requires skill and training to operate as well as the ability to judge pressures required to remove products from delicate surfaces such as oak beams. Beam Clean & Restore work at pressures between 18 -22 psi, turn these pressures up too high and you will start to bite into the surface, leaving it pitted and damaged forever. Sandblasting uses pressures of over 100psi !