August 14, 2011 in Sand Blasting
Sandblasting is a term used for the process of removing very fine pieces of materials from a surface for the purpose of cleaning. Although any small relatively uniform pieces will work, the most commonly used materials for this process are fine bits of walnut or coconut shells, steel grit, copper slag or iron silicate, garnet, corn or wheat starch, dry ice and other powdered abrasives. Traditionally, sand was the most commonly used material but prolonged inhalation of the dust created during its use was proven to have caused a lung disease called Silicosis.
This process is very useful in aesthetic and hygienic purposes. It is being used primarily to clean a surface and rid it of from anything that is not supposed to be clinging on it. Examples for this are removal of mold marks that are not easily erased by household cleaning agents and old paint removal.
If sandblasting is needed, one should be able to carefully choose which sandblasting company to hire or risk wasting money. Here are tips and guidelines on how to choose the right sandblasting company:
1. It is important to take note of the company’s experience. Take notice of how long they have been in the industry and research well about their work’s outcome. If possible try to take a look on the “before” and “after” images of their past works especially if you intend them to clean a large surface for you.
2. Take special note of their background by knowing at least some of their past clients and be aware of their feedback. Keep in mind that they should be client based. This will at least determine if they give quality work and if they are truly reliable.
3. Take note that all of their operators and personnel should be holding current *IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) and *CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards- this will help you determine if their manpower are equipped with the right skills, knowledge and discipline in doing their task.
4. All operators should be well experienced with all blasting techniques as manifested by the IPAF and CSCS certifications issued to them.
All operators in BLAST AWAY Mobile Blast Cleaning Contractors hold updated certificates from IPAF and CSCS. For details and information please call 0118- 959- 3000 or 07836- 758469.