Soda Blasting for Building restoration

As soda blasting causes no abrasion to substrate materials (such as brick, stone and wood), it is quickly becoming the number one solution in property restoration, cleaning and protection.  We are able to safely remove decades of surface contamination and coatings to bring the host material back to its original and natural condition.  Bicarbonate of soda is particularly effective when used on a variety of substrates including oak beams, brickwork and limestone walls.

We usually complete a test patch of the area requiring cleaning, enabling us to provide an accurate quotation for works and ensuring you will be 100% happy with the end result of the process.  Simply contact us today for further details.

 

Brick Walls Restoration

There are many ways for undertaking a brick wall restoration project. Some of which are much more time consuming than others. However determining the strength and history of the brick wall is a key factor in the restoration process.

If you’re unsure, resist the temptation to blast the building with a high-pressure power washer. Although you’ll remove decades of built-up dirt, it’s also possible you’ll also remove mortar and even a thin layer of the brick itself.

It’s important to carefully inspect the walls to ensure that any cleaning or restoration process won’t damage the bricks or masonry.  If in doubt consult one of our specialists to do a thorough test that will make sure you obtain the finished result before causing any possible damage.

Small stains and dirt can be removed with water, dishwashing detergent and a brush but that’s not without it’s challenges either. You will also need to be partial to quite a bit of ‘elbow grease’.

 

Removing paint from bricks

One of the first steps to restoring brickwork is the need to remove old paint. Doing so can give a surprisingly amazing finish to the building you’re working on.

While there are a number of chemicals that could be used, if used incorrectly, you can damage the surface. Damage that’s not rectified later on will lead to water seeping through and bricks crumbling over a period of time. This is one of the main reasons you need to be extremely cautious when thinking of undertaking a DIY job to get shot of the paint.

On the other hand, removing paint from bricks yourself is said by many to be an absolutely miserable task.

Have you already received a quote? No problem Soda Blasting Ltd will still come and take a look at your project so that you can compare quotes and be sure you are making the right decision.

Is your building listed?

If so, you need to take extreme care about how you approach your project. Getting professional advice, while talking to the council about your plans is very important to ensuring a finish you can enjoy.

Here’s a great example of some brick restoration work we did – removing the paint from a wall after a porch was taken down.

brick restoration before   brick restoration after

Patch testing for brick restoration

By testing our processes on an area of your wall, we can determine a number of factors :

  • The effectiveness of our chosen media blasting processes
  • The condition of the bricks you are stripping
  • The safety of the media being used in terms of impact to the brickwork
  • How much work it will take to remove the paint, including any necessary work

In determining the above factors, we will be able to provide you with a fully accurate quote and different options depending on the outcome.

Oak Beam Restoration

In addition to bricks, we are also able to restore many other building components. One of those being oak beams. See here for more details of an oak beam restoration project.

If you have oak beams that have been previously painted, stained, smoke damaged, varnished or even fire or water damaged, we can hep restore them back to their beautiful condition. We focus our efforts on offering a mess free renovation and restoration service.

Soda blasting can be used to clean and restore:

  • Aggregate
  • Brass & Bronze
  • Brick
  • Canals
  • Cast Iron
  • Chrome
  • Concrete
  • Ferrous & non-ferrous
  • Fibre Glass
  • Fire & flood damaged buildings
  • Glass & stained glass
  • Granite
  • Industrial Kitchens
  • Flagstone
  • Limestone
  • Marble
  • Monument
  • Paving Slabs
  • Plastic
  • Slate alabaster
  • Stainless steel
  • Stone
  • Structural beams
  • Stucco
  • Swimming pools
  • Terrazzo, Terracotta
  • Tiles – ceramics & glazed
  • Wood
  • Wrought iron

Below are a few examples of previous work completed – keep an eye on our ‘Latest Work’ section for new projects undertaken.

 

 You can find further examples of our work here.