Soda Blasting

Do You Have Moldy Wood In Your
Attic, Crawl Space, Or Basement?

Normal Mold-Removal Methods (Like Sanding) Produce Inconsistent Results, And Are Very Expensive & Time Consuming.

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Our Soda Blasting Process Can…

  • Remove 99.6% Of Mold.
  • Take A Quarter Of The Time.
  • Cost 75% Less.
  • Restore Wood To Its Pristine, Original Look.

If you have over 100 square feet of mold in your home, a “normal” sanding from a mold remediator is not going to cut it. Spaces such as attics have hundreds of hard-to-reach places that make a normal HEPA-sanding job remediation almost impossible. If you were to hire a mold remediator to sand an area like your attic, you’re looking at a job that costs tens of thousands of dollars, takes weeks to complete… and produces poor results to boot.

You’re better off tossing your money into your fireplace for extra heat.

We have a better way. We use a special technique called soda blasting to strip mold off large areas of moldy wood. Soda blasting instantly removes 99.6% of mold from a surface, does not damage delicate materials like wood, takes about 80% less time than sanding, and costs a fraction of the price. Here are the details:


What Is Soda Blasting?

Soda blasting is a process that involves spraying sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) at a high pressure onto a surface without damaging the underlying structure. This is why soda blasting is often used to remove mold from wood—it instantly gets rid of the mold on the surface, but does not damage the actual wood.


How Does Soda Blasting Remove Mold Without Damaging Anything?

Blasting soda is a friable substance, which means it is easily broken into small pieces. On impact, blasting soda will “explode away” the mold without damaging the underlying structure. Since sodium bicarbonate (more commonly known as baking soda, which is the substance used in soda blasting) is a non-abrasive substance, soda blasting is performed on structures and objects made of delicate materials, such as cars, food-processing equipment, and masonry. In fact, soda blasting was used to clean the Statue of Liberty in the 1980s. (And you know the government took great care when deciding how to clean what is perhaps the USA’s most iconic landmark.)

Here is a recent soda-blasting job we performed on an antique sewing machine from the early 1900s. As you can see, soda blasting makes the wood look brand new, while removing all the dirt and mold:


When Is Soda Blasting More Effective Than “Normal” Mold Remediation?

When there is a large area of moldy wood we need to restore – most often attics, crawl spaces and overhead floor joists in unfinished basements. For example, the plywood on an attic ceiling is what almost always gets moldy, so blasting is practically required in attics. Why? Attic plywood has thousands of shingle nails poking out and hundreds of tight spaces with impossible-to-reach corners. With a “normal” mold remediation, we would have to go around each nail with a sander (which is incredibly time-consuming and labor-intensive) and do our best to reach into corners (and some will get missed). But with soda blasting, we can spray right over the nails and into the corners as if we were painting. In this instance, soda blasting is much easier, quicker, and more thorough than a normal HEPA-sanding remediation.


Is Soda Blasting Different From Dry Ice Blasting?

Besides using a different substance, soda blasting and dry ice blasting produce the same results. Some companies use dry ice blasting because it doesn’t require as much cleanup after the job. But spraying dry ice in a confined space like an attic or a crawl space is pretty dangerous: dry ice blasting for too long produces too much carbon dioxide and pushes the oxygen from the room—which kills everyone in there. Not good. Also, touching dry ice with bare hands gives you severe frostbite (children are in awe of how cool dry ice looks and love to touch it).

We chose to use baking soda because it produces the same results, has a longer shelf-life than dry ice, and has no harmful side effects. Sure, soda blasting requires more after-the-job cleaning than dry ice blasting, but the benefits of using baking soda over dry ice far outweigh the extra cleanup time.


If Soda Blasting Is Effective, Quick, And Inexpensive, Why Not Use It For ALL Remediations?

Most mold problems in homes are relatively small and don’t need all of the equipment used for soda blasting. The setup and cleanup of the soda-blasting process is too cumbersome and time-consuming to use in these small areas. Cleanup alone for a soda-blasting job in a typical attic takes three days. The normal HEPA-sanding mold-removal process is much quicker and more cost-effective for small mold remediation projects.


If You Think You Need Soda Blasting Done In Your Home, Give Us A Call.

We’re Virginia’s most experienced, most thorough mold-remediation company. We WILL eliminate your mold problem at a fair price—period. Contact us today if you’d like to schedule a no-cost, no-pressure consultation, so we can discuss the best, most cost-effective solution for your mold problem.