Media blasting will transform your premises

If you want to spruce up your property, Charles Piton’s media blasting techniques will help.

Charles Piton Ltd use several different media blasting techniques to clean surfaces damaged by soot, smoke, paint or general wear and tear. Metal and wood can be cleaned using ice. Ice blast cleaning works by very exactly targeting carbon dioxide pellets at high speed onto a dirty surface. The pellets turn into a gas upon impact and the very small kinetic energy leaves the surface clean but undamaged and dust-free. Ice blast cleaning is very effective for inside buildings.

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Another technique is soda blasting which is non-abrasive pressure cleaning, using industrial strength Sodium Bicarbonate, commonly called baking soda. Like ice blast cleaning, it’s the impact of the crystals hitting the surface that breaks through the dirt particles and lifts them without causing any damage. Soda blasting can be used to clean any material including glass and metal because it’s non-abrasive and environmentally friendly. It’s often used when refurbishing buildings or cleaning machinery. You don’t need to prepare the surface first and soda blasting can deodorise a room as well as clean it.

Water blasting is sometimes called hydro blasting where technicians vary the water pressure and flow using an adjustable nozzle to remove dirt, paint, rust and contamination from chemicals including oil. It’s an environmentally friendly and versatile technique that can remove paint from large areas like walls or clean up a road.

Pressure washing is slightly different. It uses a high pressure washer to remove surface layers like grime, mould, algae, moss, loose paint, graffiti, chewing gum, dust, mud and dirt from buildings and outdoor spaces like bridges, tennis courts, driveways, car parks as well as loose cladding, factories, walls, windows, roofs and chimneys.

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Alternatively, CPL technicians sometimes use other abrasive material and low pressure to remove soot from bricks, wood, some graffiti, carbon sulphation, lime and cement based paints, paint residue and limescale. TORC is excellent for cleaning the outside of buildings. It mixes fine granulate with water and applies low pressure to remove stubborn stains. TORC is often used alongside the environmentally friendly, high temperature steam based technique called DOFF. DOFF can be used as a stone cleaner.

Media blasting, pressure washing, DOFF and TORC are all different techniques to be used to clean a variety of different areas. A water pressure washer uses high pressure water jets to clean surfaces. Media blasting uses a mixture of different abrasive agents and compressed air. DOFF uses steam (up to 150 degrees) and TORC mixes a small amount of water with fine granulate and low pressure.

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