Blast cleaning is the process of cleaning simple oil or particle removal to demurring and removing cured paints, rust or oxide using a mechanical force. It uses compressed air to force abrasive media onto a surface to be cleaned. The pressure of compressed air varies depending on the percentage of contamination. The abrasive used and the blasting method can be fine tuned depending on the sensitivity of the contamination.
Blast cleaning requires abrasive blasting equipment which is easily lorry mounted for cleaning and protecting industrial components like brickwork, timber, steel, concrete, glass, fiberglass, stone and more. Blast cleaning includes various cleaning services like etching methods used for tanking preparation to osmosis for both industrial and individual customers.
Osmosis is a rampant problem in shipping and marine industry. Osmosis is the passage of water from a region of high water concentration through a semi-permeable membrane to a region of low water concentration. Thus, the boats / yachts which remain in water for longer times and when are dry-docked for maintenance undergo 'osmosis' problem. The water flows from low solute level to high solute level through the gel-coat of the boat forming bubble-like swells in the areas under water. The method of sandblasting is used to treat osmosis. It removes the rust from areas of the affected hull. Blast cleaning services provides osmosis treatment for steel, fiberglass and timber hulls, cleaning up even the localized areas.
Blast cleaning methods are also used to clean bricks of grime and dirt. Some brick-built building due to exposure to weather through years, loose the color and texture. Brick cleaning helps to restore such establishments. It can also be used to remove paint from interior walls reviving the old glory. This method of blast cleaning can be utilized in both commercial and domestic sectors. From bridges and industrial buildings to independent housing, brick cleaning can restore or renovate it all.
Blast cleaning can be used to clean any type of bricks red or white brick usually made of clay and sand and is either kiln fired or chemically treated. Brick cleaning process involves the site survey for the assessment of the surface to be cleaned and to establish the right approach. The routine process of cleaning is performed using the appropriate cleaning agent; rinsing and neutralization.
BlastIt is a mobile blast cleaning company specializing in a range of surface cleaning and etching methods. Based at Essex, we operate from London and Southeast.
by Maddy Smith