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How Soda Blasting Works

What makes ARMEX the best baking soda abrasive?
The Original
ARMEX is the original baking soda based abrasive.  In 1985 it was Church & Dwight Co., Inc. makers of ARM & HAMMER products that while working with the engineers restoring the Statue of Liberty decided to try baking soda as an abrasive.  Following the success of soda blasting, Church & Dwight partnered with equipment maker Schmidt Manufacturing to optimize the process, both the equipment and the media, for commercial application.  The chemists at Church & Dwight, first developed 3 and now 11 application specific soda blasting abrasives to meet industry requirements worldwide.
Why Baking Soda Blasting?
  • It's granular - a particulate suitable for use in pressure pots, cabinet systems and as an injection media for pressure washer systems.
  • It's sharp - baking soda crystals delivered under relatively low pressure but at high velocity will scour virtually any coating from any substrate.
  • It's friable - meaning it fractures into smaller particles intensifying the cleaning action while softening the impact on substrates.
  • It's relatively soft - with a Moh's hardness of 2.5, it will not damage most substrates*
  • It's near neutral pH of 8.2 - provides a superior worker and environmental profile, before, during, and after use.
  • It's water soluble - 9 of the 11 ARMEX formulas available are nearly 100% water soluble. This feature alone eliminates particle ingression issues for anyone working on intricate surfaces where entrapment of other types of abrasives can void warranties or cause critical failures.  
* Always do a test patch prior to general use to determine suitability
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