Benefits using Soda Blasting over other methods
Cleaning & De-Coating in One Step
Standard abrasive blasting is a dirty process, often loading and even embedding the surface with contaminants (grease, oil, tar &
abrasive particles) in the process of removing the coating. Recycled abrasives compound this problem by loading increasing
amounts of contaminants into the substrate. SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media effectively de-coats and cleans the
substrate in one step; producing a level of cleanliness not seen with most processes. The media is not reusable thus eliminating
the issue of blasting with re-used media. Coating adhesion relies heavily on surface cleanliness and a surface profile has been
used to offset this lack of cleanliness.

Unique Cutting Action
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media offers the unique properties of sodium bicarbonate, the primary ingredient. The
softness (Mohs hardness scale of 2.4) and friable nature of this crystal produces a unique cutting action with little or no effect on
most substrates. For example, thick coatings can be removed from glass without any etching effect. With proper care, delicate
substrates can be cleaned without damage.

Removes Odors
The same odor absorbing effect seen in the refrigerator at home is present when blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus
media. It not only removes the contaminates, it also reduces the unfriendly odors.

No Pre-Cleaning Required
For projects where the coating is covered with grease, carbon, salt or other contaminates, the more traditional methods require
the coating to be fully cleaned before blasting. This is required so that the contaminants on the surface of the coating not be
driven through the coating and into the surface of the substrate, causing future coating failure.

No Need to Re-Profile Steel
SodaClean Maintenance Plus will not profile steel. When an operator removes a coating from a metal surface, he or she exposes
the existing anchor pattern under the coating. Unless corrosion has occurred, there is no need to re-profile the surface.

Reduced Solid Waste
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media can be dissolved in fresh water. By dissolving the media and filtering out the
contaminates, the solution can generally be discharged to POTW treatment systems or open waterways, with proper discharge
permits. Waste volume is generally reduced to less than 5% of the original waste volume. With increasing landfill costs and
liabilities, this advantage becomes more important every day.

Natural Rust Inhibitor
As long as SodaClean Maintenance Plus is on a ferrous metal surface, rust will not form. For rust to form, free moisture and an
acidic condition must exist. In most cases, free moisture combines with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form carbonic acid.
This acid releases a free metal (ferrous) ion, which combines with oxygen (oxidizes) to form rust. SodaClean Maintenance Plus
buffers the acids, prevents the release of free metal ions and prevents rust.

Reduced Clean-Up costs
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media performs roughly the same level of work (somewhat slower) as sand blasting while
producing 1/5 to 1/7 of the total waste volume. Although media costs per square foot are higher, site clean up and residue
disposal are significantly lower. The net balance is that total cost per square foot are about the same for both approaches.

Benefits In Waste Disposal
In most non-hazardous applications, the residue from blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus can be rinsed into sanitary
drains or sewers, which flush the residue to a water treatment facility, greatly reducing the clean up time. Sodium bicarbonate is
actually beneficial to waste water treatment systems. For industrial treatment systems, where chemical neutralization is a major
cost in water treatment, SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media can often save significant dollars in waste treatment.

Increased Worker Safety
The safety of sodium bicarbonate to workers is well understood, since it has been in use for some 160 years. The bicarbonate
buffer system is the major extracellular buffer for the human body, thus sodium bicarbonate is part of the body's normal
chemistry. Sodium bicarbonate and thus, SodaClean Maintenance Plus is not toxic via ingestion, inhalation or dermal contact, nor
is it a skin or eye irritant as defined by EPA and OSHA. Any risk to workers is primarily the contaminate or coating removed during
the blasting process.

Replaces Dangerous Solvents
Soda Clean Maintenance Plus blast media when applied wet is an excellent de-greasing medium that eliminates the use of
solvents in most cleaning processes. SodaClean Maintenance Plus does not "dissolve" or "emulsify" grease or oils, it simply
coats them causing the grease or oil to release from the surface. It also eliminates the translocation of oil and grease.

Does Not Produce Sparks
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media will not produce thermal sparks and is suitable for use in explosion proof areas;
including refineries, chemical plants and grain elevators as long as proper grounding techniques are used to prevent a static
charge build up.

Improved Crack Detection
When cleaning metal surfaces for crack detection, standard abrasive blasting tends to peen the crack closed or pack the crack
with abrasive, making crack detection more difficult. SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media actually cleans out the crack,
leaving it exposed and easy to see.

No Residue Problems In Small Passageways
SodaClean Maintenance Plus blast media is 100% water soluble. It can be used to clean critical engine components including
those with small passageways. Once cleaned, the baking soda residue can be thoroughly rinsed off by dissolving in water.
Traditional blast material are not water soluble and if left after cleaning, can pack into small passageways and possibly damage an
engine while on operation

Reduce Surface Acids
As a strong buffer for acids and alkalis, SodaClean Maintenance Plus eliminates acidic conditions on the surface of the substrate.
For conditions with high acid levels, acid rain or boiler fly ash, blasting with SodaClean Maintenance Plus will reduce coating
First of all, make sure you are getting the company with the
quality equipment.  
Don't be fooled by the smaller pod
blasters that are supplied by a separate compressor
.  The
original Soda Blaster is built as a single industrial unit, and
has the power to out preform other separate pod systems.  
Western Soda Blasting uses the real deal which does a faster,
better job.
Western Soda Blasting does not use the harmful soda mixes sold
by some distributors.  We only use 100% pure sodium bicarbonate