How Soda Blasting Works
What makes ARMEX the best baking soda abrasive?
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 have developed 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 – Baking Soda, the main ingredient, is 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