Fire Restoration Soda Blasting
The last 15 to 20 years in the blasting world has been interesting, to say the least. One small reason is that sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, has become an everyday topic of conversation. Beginning with the restoration of The Statue of Liberty many years ago, baking soda abrasive blasting has carved out a niche in the market generally held by the sand blasters. And while sand blasting is truly a thing of the past (due to silicosis, an injury similar to asbestosis), baking soda is continuing to grow in popularity and diversity.
A few short years ago, some industrious contractors had the notion that this oddball blasting technique might be able to remove soot, carbon and residue after a fire (most baking soda innovators wouldn’t write off any potential application without first blasting a little white dust at it). The process was able to remove the residues, and even some light charring from wood and other surfaces, without further damaging the structure.
This new technique is four times faster than hand sanding and brushing, and leaves wood with what can best be described as an almost “like new” appearance. The process also provides a more thorough cleaning than previous techniques. Baking Soda Blasting allows the operator to clean deep into small gaps, entirely into corners, behind installed duct work, and in areas where the operator was previously unable to access. Recent advances in nozzles and accessories make today’s blasting even more effective.