This term is often erroneously used as a catchall for any type of media blasting, but it’s actually a very specific type of abrasive blasting that relies on silica sand to clean and restore surfaces in and around your property. For a time, sandblasting was the most popular method of media blasting, which may be why the term has become synonymous with all abrasive blasting, but today there are several different types of abrasive materials used for different surfaces and purposes.
The good news is, you don’t necessarily have to know the difference between sandblasting and other types of media blasting when you partner with the experts at Lightning Mobile Services to manage all of your property maintenance needs. We have the expertise to advise you on the perfect method of abrasive blasting to suit your needs and protect surface materials, including sandblasting.
Because sandblasting is one of the most abrasive forms of media blasting, it’s not right for every surface. For example, it would do serious damage to soft materials like wood. It can also pose health and safety risks, so any area on your property slated for this treatment will have to be cleared of personnel for the duration.
That said, there are advantages to choosing this type of media blasting for specific types of projects. It is especially well-suited to use on hard surfaces, such as certain metals. In some cases, it can be used to restore brick, but this will depend on the age and relative hardness or softness. Our talented team can make an assessment and determine the perfect abrasive blasting material based on any surface on your property you want to clean or restore.
Sandblasting is frequently used to remove:
How sandblasting in Denver works
Sandblasting is a form of media blasting used to dislodge and remove deep-set stains, paint, rust, and other blemishes from certain building exteriors and surfaces. The process of sandblasting is essentially the same, no matter what specific methods of materials one chooses to use.
Sandblasting employs the use of an air-powered pressure gun filled with small bits of material, usually silica sand. The gun fires the sand at an extremely high velocity onto a hard surface. The combination of the high momentum of the gun and the abrasive qualities of the sand strips material off the surface.
Sandblasting scours and cleans the toughest stains from exteriors that don’t usually respond to mild cleaning agents, or have residue worn into the surface over a long time. It’s especially effective on metal, steel, hardwood, heavy glass, and other impermeable materials. The silica sand used in sandblasting is specially treated in the gun barrel to prevent long-term erosion.
How Colorado sandblasting services can help your business
Businesses with long-standing maintenance issues, substantial property investments, and readiness to start restoration or cleaning projects won’t find a better solution than sandblasting in Denver:
- Sandblasting restores buildings and materials to near-new condition. There’s no better way to efficiently remove the oils, dirt, and build-up that collect on a surface over time. By eliminating all the underlying materials and substances rather than just painting over them, sandblasting is the most thorough method of restoring building materials to their original shape.
- Sandblasting is quickly effective. Especially with tough surfaces like metal and steel, sandblasting is extraordinarily fast. Even the most complex sandblasting project can be completed without a substantial amount of downtime to your business operations.
- Sandblasting protects and improves property investments. Building wear and tear can turn into a major operating expense if it’s not taken care of effectively. The cost of sandblasting repays itself by helping businesses avoid major repair and overhaul services down the road. It’s a solid way to retain and potentially improve the value of your investment.
Lightning Mobile Services’ Colorado sandblasting services help hundreds of local businesses and industries keep their premises in superior condition in convenient and effective ways. We can also help businesses with routine maintenance, removal of unwanted materials, landscaping, ice removal, and other large-scale projects for your business needs.
Why to use professional Denver sandblasting services
Sandblasting is effective when it’s done by an experienced, professional team like Lightning Mobile Services. But it’s crucial to make sure the company you contract for sandblasting has an established record of quality results and effective procedures. Even though it’s an uncomplicated process, sandblasting can be hazardous when it’s done without the right precautions by inexperienced individuals — and it should never be attempted on your own.
Although silica sand and other sandblasting agents are effective, they must be used with extreme care. Certain substances used in the process can produce a considerable level of toxic dust and residue which can be harmful when you breathe them in. Exposure to these by-products can result in severe health risks such as lung damage and even cancer.
Personal protective equipment is an absolute must for sandblasting operations. The protective gear employed in sandblasting — including helmets, eye protection, noise guards, and safety boots — aren’t usually on hand in a retail or business storeroom. This is professional-grade equipment not readily available to non-professional consumers.
For that reason, it’s important to ensure that the company you hire for sandblasting services takes all the necessary steps to protect themselves and your business against these health risks.
Lightning Mobile Services’ sandblasters follow the exhaustive and detailed procedures as outlined by OSHA to protect themselves and their customers. These include specific actions to reduce exposure to toxic dust. They also cover ventilation, noise abatement, sanitation, and post-job cleanup.
For more information about sandblasting or any of our other commercial and industrial maintenance services, contact us today at 303-595-9559 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a free quote and consultation.