Restoration Mate offers media blasting services including dry ice and soda blasting. These methods are effective ways of cleaning that is much more gentle compared to alternate forms of media blasting such as sandblasting.
Dry Ice Blasting
Dry ice blasting, also know as CO2 blasting or cryogenic blasting is a newer method of cleaning. The process of dry ice blasting consists of dry ice pellets being propelled out of a pressurized air stream. Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide. This method can be useful in many situations as it is completely non-abrasive and non-toxic. It is commonly used in restoration processes for smoke, fire, water and mold remediation. Dry ice blasting is also great for cleaning equipment in the food industry as well as for factory equipment cleaning.
Dry ice is environmentally friendly and does not leave behind harmful, harsh chemicals or residue. As soon as the dry ice pellets make contact with a surface they will sublimate. This means that directly on impact with the surface the dry ice will immediately change from its solid state to a gas. There is a science to this process but in the most basic, simplified terms when the dry ice is blasted at a high rate of speed, it causes the coating of the surface to freeze and crack. As the dry ice sublimates, a large amount of energy is released which will strip off the surface’s coating. It is a very effective process in cleaning and removing any contaminants, oil, grease, paints, rust and mold spores.
This type of media blasting is extremely fast and thorough. It is not necessary to disassemble any equipment and the dry ice can reach and effectively clean out the smaller and more difficult spaces. Chemicals are of no concern and there is no need for any drying time. This will significantly cut down on any downtime of equipment. Damage to equipment or any other surface is not a worry since this method is so gentle and non-abrasive. Another benefit is that it is completely safe to use around all types of electrical equipment from panels and switches to wiring.
These are all some of the many reasons why this method has largely become a preferred cleaning method in many industries.
Soda blasting is a mildly abrasive form of blasting. It uses sodium bicarbonate which is blasted with compressed air. Sodium bicarbonate is a brittle substance that will explode on impact. These small explosions will remove any surface coatings. It is such a mild blasting method that it will not harm the surface underneath.
Soda blasting can be used for cleaning and removing many types of surface coatings. Sodium bicarbonate, like dry ice is very environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It can be used to remove paint, varnish, stains, rust, grease and graffiti. It can be used to clean food equipment and is completely food safe. Sodium bicarbonate is water soluble so it will not cause clogging when used in small spaces. It is extremely useful in restoration such as fire restoration services. As it cleans it will remove any odors left behind at the same time. Soda blasting is a successful way of killing and removing mold spores. Further, it is gentle enough to be used on softer types of material like copper, aluminum and wood. If you require a mildly abrasive solution that is both environmentally friendly and non-toxic, soda blasting can be a great option.