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Soda Blasting, Sandblasting Services Iowa| SERVPRO of Fort Dodge

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

In this blog, you will learn all about soda blasting and sandblasting along with their pros and cons. 

Soda Blasting

It is a versatile cleaning method which uses compressed air to deliver sodium bicarbonate media (i.e. baking soda) onto a surface to be cleaned. Thus, it is also referred to as a non-abrasive, non-destructive paint and coating removal method that can be safely used on most surfaces like thin metal, glass, rubber, and wood.  The sodium bicarbonate is applied with high-speed pressure onto the surface to remove anything you want like grease, dirt, dust, paint, and mildew.  This is one of the best solutions for restoring and refurbishing any surface.

Soda blasting can work on a wide variety of applications such as:

  • Large scale industrial equipment maintenance
  • Cleaning
  • Paint stripping
  • Property maintenance
  • Rust removal
  • Graffiti removal
  • Automotive restoration
  • Food processing facilities and equipment
  • Boat hull cleaning
  • Many other applications

It is even incredibly useful for mold restoration and can help cleanup and deodorize fire/smoke damage.

Pros of Soda Blasting:

  • Eco-Friendly:
    Soda blasting is environmentally friendly and biodegradable. This could be a safe method to use without causing much harm to nature.
  • Nontoxic:
    It is non-toxic in nature; sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) is a major component of the human body. In fact, it is being endorsed by the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) due to its safe use.
  • Non-Abrasive
    The Bicarbonate of soda is pretty soft. When it is squeezed with soda, the soda crystals explode and come in contact with the substrate. This process helps in removing any dirt from surfaces without damaging the substrate.
  • Doesn’t Generate Heat
    The main benefit is it doesn’t cause the surface to heat up. Thus, it does not produce any excess heat. So, it will not warp or pit any metal surfaces.


Sandblasting is most commonly known as abrasive blasting. It is one of the effective methods of smoothing and cleaning a rough surface, shape a surface, or to remove surface contaminants. In the sandblasting process, cleaning a hard surface at high speed using compressed air will remove all the debris thus resulting in an extremely smooth surface.

However, the sandblasting consists of two different processes

  1. Air-Driven: The air-driven is best suited for metal surfaces

  2. Water Driven: The water driven is commonly used for brick and concrete surfaces.

Pros of Sandblasting:

  • Aggressive Abrasion Action:
    It quickly removes the surface contaminants.

  • Profiling of Surface:
    During manufacturing of metal objects, the surface needs to be shaped, so that the finished coating can be stuck to the surface. Sandblasting is often used for this purpose.

If you’re looking to hire soda blasting or sandblasting professionals for your projects in Iowa, contact us today at (515) 955-4009.

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