We recently performed Fire Restoration baking soda blasting in Olathe, Kansas on a small fireplace and ceiling wood beam. The objective was to remove the existing soot and char that resulted from a fire. In our experience, Baking soda is typically the blast material selected for Fire Restoration when the house or building is not occupied. If a house or building is occupied, we typically will choose between Dry Ice or Baking Soda as the blast material. The side by side comparison picture above shows the fireplace with the soot and char on the left with the soda blasted clean fireplace on the right.
The reason baking soda is the blast material of choice for removing soot and char is because the soda can remove the soot and char without etching or profiling the surface heavily, like a more aggressive blast material, while also removing the odor left behind from the fire. Baking soda can also remove soot and char from wood surfaces such as joists, decking, and for this job a wood beam, without blasting away too much of the wood surface.
If you know of someone or are looking for soot and char removal or maybe you work in the Fire Restoration industry, give us a call we can help. Lastly, below is a before and after side by side comparison of the wood beam we cleaned for this small project. Thank you for reading our blog and have a great rest of your day.
Last month, we completed a Tin Ceiling Restoration utilizing Dry Ice for paint removal at a local university. The project came to us because the paint system on the tin ceiling many years ago had begun to flake and fail. Our customer wanted a solution that could remove the paint without creating a lot of dust in this occupied university building. Another concern of our customer was using a blast material that could damage or etch the surface. Dry Ice blasting was selected to remove the existing coating because the dry ice evaporates on contact with the surface it is cleaning.
In our experience using Dry Ice, we have found it is not the most ideal solution for removing paint from a surface, however in this application Dry Ice fit best with the project requirements. Our customer wanted to leave the tin ceiling natural with the original tin color left exposed, however the problem arose that the customer did not know how the ceiling looked under the paint. We always ask one question when we come across a project where a surface is to be stripped of paint and left natural, “Why was the surface painted in the first place?”
Most frequently, our customers do not know or are unsure of why a surface was previously painted. When this situation happens, we usually point to two scenarios. One, the surface was painted purely for aesthetics and the owner before wanted a specific look using paint. Two, the surface was painted to cover up a discoloration, repair, or blemish in the surface. Unfortunately, after cleaning and removing the existing failing paint , we found the tin ceiling had indeed been repaired. We believe the repair explains why the ceiling had been painted previously. The picture on the left shows the tin ceiling after removing the paint using Dry Ice. Once the paint was removed, it was decided a new paint system was necessary in order to give the room a better finished look. The picture below shows the tin ceiling before and after this restoration project. Thank you for reading our blog.