Fairfield Soda Blast, LLC
Serving Central & Southern Ohio
Soda Blasting Advantages
Cleaning & De-Coating in One Step
Standard abrasive blasting is a dirty process, often loading and even embedding the surface with contaminants (grease, oil, tar, and
abrasive particles) in the process of removing the coating. Recycled abrasives compound this problem by loading increased amounts
of contaminants into the substrate. SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media effectively de-coats and cleans the substrate in one step;
producing a level of cleanliness not seen with most processes. The media is not reusable, thus eliminating the issue of blasting with
re-used media. Coating adhesion relies heavily on surface cleanliness and a surface profile has been used to offset this lack of cleanliness.
Unique Cutting Action
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media offers the unique properties of sodium bicarbonate, the primary ingredient. The softness (Mohs
hardness scale of 2.4) and friable nature of this crystal produces a unique cutting action with little or no effect on the substrates. For
example, thick coatings can be removed from glass without any etching effect. With proper care, delicate substrates can be cleaned without
No Pre-Cleaning Required
For projects where the coating is covered with grease, carbon, salt, or other contaminates, traditional methods require the coating to be fully
cleaned before blasting. This is required so that the contaminants on the surface of the coating are not driven through the coating and into
the surface of the substrate, causing future coating failure.
No Need To Re-Profile Steel
SodaClean Maintenance Plus will not profile steel. When an operator removes a coating from a metal surface, they expose the existing anchor
pattern under the coating. Unless corrosion has occurred, there is no need to re-profile the surface.
Reduced Solid Waste
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media can be dissolved in fresh water. By dissolving the media and filtering out contaminates, the solution
can generally be discharged to POTW treatment systems or open waterways, with proper discharge permits. Waste volume is generally
reduced to less than 5% of the original waste volume. With increasing landfill cost and liabilities, this advantage becomes more important
Natural Rust Inhibitor
As long as SodaClean Maintenance Plus is on a ferrous metal surface, rust will not form. For rust to form, free moisture and acidic conditions
must exist. In most cases, free moisture combines with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form carbonic acid. This acid releases a free
metal (ferrous) ion, which combines with oxygen (oxidizes) to form rust. SodaClean Maintenance Plus buffers the acids, prevents the release
of free metal ions and prevents rust.
Reduced Clean-Up Cost
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media performs roughly the same level of work as sand blasting while producing 1/5 to 1/7 of the total
waste volume. Although media cost per square foot are higher, site clean up and residue disposal are significantly lower. The net balance
is that total cost per square foot are about the same for both techniques.
Benefits In Waste Disposal
In most non-hazardous applications, the residue from blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus can be rinsed into sanitary drains or
sewers, greatly reducing the clean-up time. Sodium bicarbonate is actually beneficial to waste water treatment systems. For industrial
treatment systems, where chemical neutralization is a major cost in water treatment, SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media can often
save significant dollars in waste treatment.
Increased Worker Safety
The safety of sodium bicarbonate to workers is well understood since it has been in use for some 160 years.. The bicarbonate buffer
system is the major extracellular buffer for the human body, thus sodium bicarbonate is part of the body's normal chemistry. Sodium
bicarbonate is not toxic via ingestion, inhalation or dermal contact, nor is it a skin or eye irritant as defined by the EPA and OSHA.
The same odor absorbing effect seen in your refrigerator at home is present when blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus media. It
not only removes the contaminates, it also reduces the unfriendly odors.
Replaces Dangerous Solvents
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media when applied wet is an excellent de-greasing medium that eliminates the use of solvents in most
cleaning processes. SodaClean Maintenance Plus does not "dissolve" or "emulsify" grease or oil, it simply coats them and causes the grease
or oil to release from the surface. It also eliminates the translocation of the oil and grease.
Does Not Produce Sparks
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media will not produce thermal sparks and is suitable for use in explosion environments as long as proper
grounding techniques are used to prevent a static charge build-up.
Improved Crack Detection
When cleaning metal surfaces for crack detection, standard abrasive blasting tends to peen the crack closed or pack the crack with abrasive,
making crack detection more difficult. SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media actually cleans out the crack, leaving it exposed and easy
No Residue Problems In Small Passageways
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media is 100% water soluble. It can be used to clean critical engine components including those with
small passageways. Once cleaned, the baking soda residue can be thoroughly rinsed off by dissolving in water. Traditional blast material are
not water soluble. Left after cleaning, they can pack into small passageways and possibly damage an engine while in operation.
Reduces Surface Acids
As a strong buffer for acids and alkalis, SodaClean Maintenance Plus eliminates acidic conditions on the surface of the substrate. For
conditions with high acid levels, acid rain or boiler fly ash, blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus will reduce coating failures.
SodaClean Maintenance Plus will attain a level of clean that meets the standards of both NACE and SSPC.
o NACE 1 (SP-5) White Metal Blast Cleaning
o NACE 2 (SP-10) Near-White Blast Cleaning
o NACE 3 (SP-6) Commercial Blast Cleaning
o NACE-4 (SP-7) Brush-Off Blast Cleaning
SodaClean Maintenance Plus has a hardness of 2.4 on the Mohs' scale of Hardness. The softness of this media means that it can be used
to remove most coatings without harming the substrate.
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