Re: Soda Blasting For Mold Removal???
Posted by Ryan on 12/07/06
Lot of misinformation on this post. Soda is very weakly caustic (8 PH
ChemistryInDailyLife/4c_baking_soda.html). One of the lowest
carbonates on the scale. Why would you use something that corrodes
metal in your moms birthday cake? Your saliva is 6.4 (ref
http://biomedx.com/pH/page3.html)with 7 being neutral. It will not
corrode metals. How caustic and environmentally safe are those great
chemicals? Soda is a first step in remediation. Removal of visible
mold. Then chemicals are used to treat studs and surfaces. Mold is
already in the air around you...everywhere. Thatís why you set up air
scrubbers and treat afterward. Baking soda is NATURAL...everyone with
a chemistry background knows this, not just environmentalists. It is a
mined mineral crushed to ash and dissolved in water (ref
one ever claims soda is a mold killer. Only a remover. Please do
research before posting. And state some references to give your belief
a backbone not just hot air.
On 9/27/06, Chad wrote:
> Soda blasting (using Arm & Hammer baking soda) is effective &
> harmless. It is the same process that was used in 1987 to clean
> the Statue of Liberty. Baking soda is also present in many
> refrigerators, baked goods, toothpaste, deodorant and chewing
> gums. It is extremely safe, and extremely effective and removing
> mold without harming wood structures.
> On 9/01/06, JOE ALEXANDER wrote:
>> On 5/22/06, RemDude wrote:
>>> I also agree that soda blasting creates more problems than it
>>> solves. How anyone can believe that aerosolizing contamination
>>> is a good thing for contaminated structures is beyond me. The
>>> only folks pushing this technology are those who sell the
>>> expensive equipment and soda for the process. It is being
>>> banned in many areas and IHs wonít touch the process.
>>> Yet another bad idea...
>>> On 4/03/06, Mold Remover wrote:
>>>> PD - You are correct in that soda blasting is a new method
>>>> being employed for mold removal. The environmentalists
>>>> somehow seem to believe that soda is both natural and
>>>> environmentally safe. I would not recommend anyone using
>>>> this method for mold removal. Soda is caustic, eats metal
>>>> surfaces, and is not an approved mold killer.
>>>> The only good thing it has going for it, is itís fast.
>>>> Thatís why you are seeing it used. Considering the other
>>>> cost effective remediation methods being deployed, soda
>>>> blasting is NOT the answer. Look into the latest chemical
>>>> remediation methods being used. This is the cost effective
>>>> and labor efficient answer for mold remediation.
>>>> On 3/29/06, P. Davidson wrote:
>>>>> I have read about soda blasting as a new method being used
>>>>> in the mold remediation business. Can anyone tell me how
>>>>> effective the process is in killing mold and what the
>>>>> dangers are for this type of method? It seems that there
>>>>> would be a host of issues regarding the caustic nature of
>>>>> soda, the potential for excessive mold release into the
>>>>> environment, and the potential to drive spores deeper into
>>>>> the substrate. Wouldnít there be significant liability
>>>>> associated with this method?
>>>>> Anyone have any practical experience with this?