This might be one of the most unique services Werner Restoration has to offer! Media blasting is a process that can remove stains, rust, old paint, and other surface coatings from a variety of items without causing damage. This cleaning technique uses special equipment to blast out baking soda or dry ice at high intensity onto a surface. Media blasting leaves very little debris behind and is environmentally-friendly. It also allows a large area to be cleaned in a relatively short period of time. Did you know the Statue of Liberty was cleaned by soda blasting? Many other major monuments and governmental buildings have followed suit, and there are certainly many other smaller applications, too.
What is Soda Blasting?
Soda blasting sends compressed air and baking soda through a pressurized system and onto a surface needing to be cleaned. The baking soda blasts away the surface layer, like paint or staining, without damaging the underlying surface.
After a fire, in some instances, soda blasting can be used to remove soot buildup and the baking soda also helps reduce the odor from the fire!
Soda blasting has grown in popularity since the Statue of Liberty was cleaned using this technique in the early 1980’s. Baking soda was the chosen media because it does not damage surfaces like other media may, like sand.
What is Ice Blasting?
Ice blasting using dry ice, in a solid form. Just like soda blasting, the dry ice is blasted onto a surface with pressurized air. This is non-abrasive and very effective for certain surface-cleaning needs. Ice blasting leaves no chemical residue and at room temperature, turns into a gas.
Today, the EPA recommends ice blasting over some other chemical-based cleaning. One common use is cleaning food processing equipment; it decontaminates the surfaces that might be carriers for Salmonella, E. Coli, Listeria, and other microorganisms.
Dry ice blasting can also safely clean equipment without causing fire or electrical hazards. Therefore, it is highly popular in the aerospace industry.