How soda blasting works to restore buildings after fire

Soda Clean technician removes smoke residue from barn rafters after a fire.
Soda Clean technician removes smoke residue from barn rafters after a fire.

Once a burned building has been cleared of salvageable possessions and ruined drywall, carpet and furnishings, it’s time to remove fire and smoke residue from the building’s remaining structure. It’s time for soda cleaning.

Soda cleaning–also called soda blasting–removes the greasy smoke residue, char and the fire’s unpleasant odor from walls, ceilings, floors and substructure. It is effective without damage to a wide variety of surfaces:

•  wood
•  stone
•  brick
•  concrete
•  ceramic tile
•  metal

Soda is the only media that can remove the odor left behind after a fire.

Baking soda is environmentally friendly.  It can be dissolved in fresh water, leaving only the contaminants for disposal.  In most non-hazardous applications, the residue from soda cleaning can be rinsed into sanitary drains or sewers. Soda is an excellent de-greasing media that eliminates the use of solvents in most cleaning processes.  It does not “dissolve” grease and oil but coats the particles, causing them to release from the surface.

Soda cleaning is most effective when all unsalvageable materials, including most duct work and wiring, have been removed so that we have the best possible access to the surfaces that will remain.

When the soda cleaning process is complete and the remaining soda has been removed, clean surfaces are ready for new paint, drywall, flooring, etc.

Soda Clean of Ohio has 14 years of experience working with fire restoration professionals to provide expert cleaning of a building’s salvageable materials so that restoration can begin.  Contact us today for a free estimate:  614-781-9667 or [email protected].