If you know something about cleaning surfaces with abrasives, you’re probably familiar with sand blasting. However, there is a similar method that has a number of advantages – soda blasting. It uses the same basic principle – using high-pressure air to blast your surface with tiny abrasive particles(which is why this method is generally known as abrasive blasting), but the difference is that soda is used as the abrasive of choice. The “soda” part of the name refers specifically to bicarbonate soda(commonly known as the baking soda due to it being a popular ingredient in baking). This may make it sound like some crazy household hack you would use if you only have basic supplies at hand. But in reality, there are some compelling reasons to use soda blasting over other methods of abrasive blasting. The main advantage of soda is that particles used in soda blasting are relatively soft, which means that they will generally break and shatter on contact with your surface. This greatly reduces the risk of doing any damage to the surface you’re trying to clean. For example, if you’re trying to clean a chrome-plated surface, sand blasting it will likely strip the chrome plating, while gentler soda blasting will clean the surface without damaging the chrome underneath. If you want another example of how soda blasting tends to be relatively gentle then just consider that during a renovation of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 they used soda blasting on some of the dirtiest parts, specifically using bicarbonate soda to not damage the monument. Another thing to note is that some methods of abrasive blasting can produce heat, which can warp metal surfaces. This isn’t the case with soda blasting, which can be used on metal without the risk of it warping. Soda blasting is also really good at cleaning burnt surfaces, as it not only removes the fire damage but also removes the smoky odor that will usually be hard to get rid of. As far as applications go, soda blasting can be used in most of the scenarios that you would use other methods of abrasive blasting in. You can use soda blasting to strip away paint from any surface, it can remove built-up dirt and grease really well, the same goes for mold. It’s also really good at removing rust from metal, not just because it can clean an existing layer of rust really well, but also because it leaves a protective coating that prevents further rusting for a few weeks. It’s also worth pointing out that soda blasting is safer for human workers (although breathing protection should still be used with any method of abrasive blasting) because inhaling small amounts of baking soda is generally safe, unlike inhaling sand particles. Soda is also water-soluble, which makes it safer for the environment. This also means that it’s easy to clean your surface of any particles after you are done blasting it. Overall, if you need a way to quickly and efficiently clean any surface, then soda blasting is your best bet. There are reasons why different methods of abrasive blasting exist, but soda blasting tends to be the most versatile and can be used in most cases. Sandblasting San Diego uses soda blasting among other methods of abrasive blasting to best serve your project.