WaterBlasting vs SandBlasting: Which One Suits You Best?

To achieve the best result from doing a paint job, a professional painter usually will do a surface preparation. Surface preparation is one of the most important factors that can affect the quality, performance, and service life of a paint job. Commonly, there are two common surface preparation methods which are used. They are waterblasting and sandblasting. So, today we are going to give a brief explanation about the difference between the two, so that you can choose whether you are going to buy a water blaster or sand blaster. Here are some of the important points that you should know.

WaterBlasting

Waterblasting is very well-known for its efficiency, safety, and eco-friendly way to clean and maintain different surfaces. Aside from that, waterblasting also has other important benefits, such as:

  • You can use water blaster to clean and prepare a wide variety of exterior painted surfaces without chemicals and without the risk of releasing unsafe contaminants into the air.
  • With waterblasting, you don’t have to worry about any chemical-residue that may be contained in your cleaning material, as this method will leave no residue behind. Therefore, you don’t have to rinse the surface again.
  • You can also adjust the waterblasting equipment for each different purpose, for example, you can adjust the pressure and switch between different fan nozzles, according to each job. For instance, you can easily reduce the pressure to wash away dust, cobwebs, and contaminants, and increase it to remove adhesive and multi-layered coating systems, as well as expose and clean out cracks, so that appropriate repairs can be made and open surface pores to deliver suitable profiles for the application of new protective coating systems.
  • Waterblasting ensures surfaces clean, chemical free, and ready for re-use (after they dry out completely).

However, mistakenly handling the equipment may cause localized damage and excessive erosion of surfaces. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you read the manual book carefully and thoroughly before usage.  After all, the benefits above show that water blasting works efficiently to remove mud stain, concrete stain, and moss, on your deck, floor, and many more.

Sandblasting

One of the most common surface preparation methods for metal is sandblasting, as it can be successfully and safely used to remove dust, dirt, and old paint from different surfaces. Generally, there are two sandblasting methods:

  • Wet Sandblasting: this technique uses a high-powered stream of water mixed with sand or other abrasive material
  • Dry Sandblasting: it involves the use of highly pressurized air in conjunction with abrasives. Both methods deliver the following benefits:
  • Works easier to clean and prepare different surfaces for painting.
  • Just like water blaster, the degree of sandblaster can also be adjusted to perform a wide variety of operations, from light cleaning (removing dust, dirt, grit, rust and old paint), to deep cutting (shaping, roughening, and smoothing surfaces).
  • In terms of power, sandblasting is more powerful than sandpapering; this will enable you to work faster.

In some cases, you may also need to use pressure washing or steam cleaning in conjunction with sandblasting if you want to prepare metal for painting. Bear in mind that dry sandblasting is usually more dangerous than wet sandblasting, as it will produce hazardous dust clouds.

Now that you know the difference between the two, which one suits your requirements best? Remember that each project may require different specification; therefore, it is important to check your project specification before deciding to use waterblasting or sandblasting method.

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4 Easier Ways to Clean Your Deck

Winter season will be over soon, so it’s time to prepare your deck for barbecue season. Usually, a deck will be slippery after the winter season has left, as it will be coated with algae, fungi, mosses, moulds and lichen. Therefore, you need to clean your deck very well, so that your family and friends could enjoy the outdoor scenery conveniently.

Commonly, people will use brush to remove the dirt, but that is an old way to follow, right? Now, you can try a faster and more interesting way to clean your deck, which is by using water blaster or you can also try to clean it using some chemicals. If you are interested in trying a new way to clean your deck, you can heed the following ways.

  1. Chemical-Free

If you are looking for a way to remove dirt, which, at the same time, is environment friendly, then water-blasting is the best option. It uses water and modest amount of electricity to remove difficult dirt. However, some people think that water blaster is not suitable for wood fibers as it can easily damage the material. Therefore, in order to minimize the damage, you can adjust the pressure on the spray nozzle and don’t forget to plug the electric water blaster in via an RCD safety device or similar. Furthermore, you may need to use a raincoat or safety coat while working with water blaster as you’ll get wet. Above all, working with water blaster will produce  a faster and cleaner result for you.

  1. Quick Fix

Another way to remove dirt is to use bleach or sodium hypochlorite which usess less effort and also the least expensive. However, one needs to be careful with bleach as it contains some sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) that can burn or damage skin, since it is a very strong base or alkali. Therefore, always wash your skin after it gets any exposure to bleach.

Don’t mix sodium hypochlorite with other chemicals as it can release deadly chlorine gas from hypochlorite. If you are interested in using this chemical, you can dilute the chemicals with water and spray in when the deck is dry.

  1. Spray and Leave

You can also use another chemical substance, such as benzalkonium chloride or quaternary ammonium compound (QAC). These are chemicals derived from ammonia, of which smell is not as strong as bleach, besides, it will not burn your skin.

These chemicals are also good in killing a wide range of organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, algae, moulds, and fungi. No wonder this chemical can be found in disinfectants and a soap-like cleaning effect as they are an effective cleaner.

If you choose these chemicals as your deck cleaner, you have to be patience as this class of cleaner works slowly so you can leave it to work for over a few weeks. To get a better-looking result, you can also hose and scrub the deck.

  1. The one-Hour Job

The last but not the least is by using sodium percarbonate as your deck cleaner. This chemical substance looks like a white powder, but it needs to be dissolved in warm water immediately before usage, which can release hydrogen peroxide and eventually oxygen. This is why sodium percarbonate makes a good cleaner chemical as deck moulds and fungi are vulnerable to oxygen attack, aside from that, sodium percarbonate cleaners are good for badly discolored slimy decks and also safe for environment as it is gentle on wood.

In order to get the best result out of it, you have to dissolve about 60 g of percarbonate per liter of warm or hot water, then you can spray it on the deck and leave it for a while (about an hour). After that, you can use a stiff broom and hose to scrub the deck.

So, are you still fixed in your old ways? Or are you tempted to try a new and fun way of cleaning things? Don’t worry, to remove dirt faster and cleaner, we suggest that you try one of the tips above and feel the difference.

Knowing the Difference between Pressure Washing and Water Blasting

If you are still using the old way to clean your house or car, this article might change your mind! Instead of wasting your time and energy brushing your deck or car the whole day, you can easily clean it with pressure washing or water blaster. These tools are professionally made to help people clean heavy dirt, such as dried mud and grime on car wheels and bodies, stained and dirt-encrusted concrete, mossy or lichen-covered tiles and paving. With high pressure water, it can help you clean almost anything faster. Some people think that these tools are the same, while the fact is, they are not. If you also don’t know the difference between the two, you can find the differences below.

Pressure Washing

Pressure washing uses pumps, hoses and various nozzles to transfer the pressure boosted water, the power is usually driven by a gas or electric motor. To adjust the spray patterns, you can adjust the water spray nozzles which are generally supplied with varying degrees of the fan patterns. The narrower the fan, the higher the water pressure would be. Moreover, some pressure washing are even occupied with a jet nozzle which is capable of delivering straight stream which is the highest pressure stream that you can use.

To clean out regular dirt, you can use the broader fan nozzles. If you find any difficult dirt, you can simply amplify or point out the existing water line pressure to the point where the force of the blast is strong enough to remove the dirt. Furthermore, the type of nozzle and the power of your washer play an important role to determine the exact distance you should hold your wand and nozzle from the surface.

Water Blasting

Most people think that pressure washing is the same with water blasting, the fact is; it is wrong. The main reason people choose pressure washing is because they want to remove dirt, but with water blaster, you are not only removing dirt, but also removing a thin layer of a material along with the dirt. To achieve an outstanding result, you should be careful in selecting a suitable nozzle and rightly directing altitude of the water fan towards a selected spot. However, it is important to know how to use water blaster correctly, as understanding how to operate this tool will prevent you from  unwanted results, such as, when you are spraying into a single place for too long.

In order to have a better result, don’t forget to keep perpendicular to the direction of the surface clean. Aside from that, remember to keep a constant distance from the surface while maintaining a uniform motion moving from left to right and taper the starts and stops of the spray as it comes in contact with the surface.

In fact, it is very important to pay attention on the technique as you can easily encounter unwanted and unsightly scars on your surface once you start or stop over the surface or hold the wand at the wrong angle, but once you master the technique, you can make cleaning everything easier and faster. It is definitely a worth to try tool that anyone should have at home.

Things You Need to Know about a Pressure Cleaner

Pressure cleaner, or also known as pressure washer or water blaster is a tool that sprays high pressure water. In order to use it, you have to connect it to your garden tap and eject the water under high pressure through a cleaning nozzle. Pressure cleaners aim to help you clean heavily soiled areas faster and effectively, compared with scrubbing with a brush or a broom. Therefore, it makes a perfect tool to clean mossy or lichen-covered tiles and pavement, stained and dirt-encrusted concrete, dried mud and grime on car wheels and bodies. If you are interested in using a pressure cleaner, we suggest that you  read the following information.

Water Usage Information

As stated before, that pressure cleaner works by ejecting water in a high pressure; therefore, a pressure cleaner will require a fair amount of water. Normally, it requires around 320L to 520L water an hour.

Noise

One of the disadvantages that you will find in a pressure cleaner is its noise; high pressure water cleaners are quite loud, and it is between 77 and 88dB. This is considered as quite noisy as a typical vacuum cleaner measures about 720dB, while traffic on a busy road measures about 80dB.

Pressure Cleaners and Paint

You can also use pressure cleaners to remove paint, especially the paint which is already damaged or flaking. Therefore, whenever you see damaged or flaking paint, whether on a house or a vehicle, you can use a pressure cleaner, as it is very handy for removing flaking paint. In fact, this toll is more capable of removing paint rather than cleaning it.

Rent or Buy?

You have to know the purpose of buying a pressure cleaner, if you plan to use it occasionally or for a one-off job, it is better to rent the equipment and pay less than $100 a day. However, if you plan to use it from time to time, we suggest that you  buy one, so that the price that you pay will be worth it as you can get rid ground-in dirt quicker. In fact, this tool is a must have item if you have a lot of serious soiling to deal with or if you wish to use it on a regular basis.

In Conclusion

We all know that cleaning ground-in dirt is not a quick job, but with a pressure cleaner you might find that cleaning is interesting and fun. Don’t forget to wear eyeglasses and safety clothes while working with pressure washer as its splashes might hurt your skin or eyes.

Easier and Faster Cleaning Using Hot Water Blaster

Have you ever had fun cleaning things in your house? Or is it tiring? Well, it is certainly not tiring when you clean using water blaster. When you use water blaster to remove accumulated residue, dirt and other hard-to-clean substances, cleaning is easier and faster, and of course, fun! Then, what if there is even an easier and faster way of cleaning than using water blaster only? Yes, there is a better way! Using hot water in a water blaster can make cleaning more efficient for you. Want to know more? Continue reading this article and find useful information for your cleaning tips at home!

Sometimes you might be wondering which one is better; hot or cold water blaster. While it may be true that cold water can be a powerful cleaning agent for dirt and some substances, but for heavily greased surfaces, chemical substances, or even bio substances, hot water can do a better job than cold water. Why? It’s because hot water can penetrate grease and oils. For example, hot water can reduce the tension of the surface in oily substances; therefore, the oil can break down and disperse. Here are more reasons why it is so much easier and faster cleaning using hot water blaster:

Time Efficient with Optimal Result

As explained above, using hot water blaster can be more effective in cleaning heavily greased surfaces even the hardest part of it because hot water can easily disperse and break down oil and grime and can be done faster than cold water; therefore, it is time efficient and the result is even better.

Cleaning Agent Consumption Saving

With just hot water, you can remove grease, oil, resin and other hard-to-remove substances. Therefore, you don’t need to use too much detergent, or you don’t even have to use it at all. Not only is it also cost saving at the same time, it also helps protect the environment.

Shorter Drying Time

The heat in hot water helps dry the cleaned surfaces faster; therefore, it can already be used for subsequent processing. Also, you don’t have to worry about the grease, as it is removed completely even in such a short time. Very effective, right?

While it may be too easy for you to clean things using hot water blaster, you need to know that in order to see the benefits of using it, you still need to use high quality equipment. Also, heat only is not enough. You have to use steam to disperse and break down oil and grime more effectively. So, now that you know that it is easier and faster to clean things using hot water blaster than the usual cold one, you can start cleaning with this alternative use of water blaster for effective time and cost saving!

5 Brilliant Tips for Quicker Easier Water Blasting

Nothing can work best than water blasting when it comes to removing stubborn stain, rust, and any other dirt. In fact, by knowing how to apply it the right way, you can clean anything without damaging its surface and it is extremely important for any household to have, especially to remove some of the winter grime that has accumulated on walls, decks and fences. Besides, there are so many types of water blaster, such as petrol water blaster, cyclone water blaster and many more. All are set to meet different needs and functions. If you are interested in using water blaster, the simple tips below would be suitable for you to read before using water blaster for cleaning.

  1. Safety First

Before buying a water blaster, you have to know that playing around with high pressure water can introduce you to some risks. It can easily produce a lot of thrust; therefore, you have to take care of your hands or feet, especially when working at height. Furthermore, you also have to consider  using some form of eye protection and being careful around electric connections, such as meter boards.

  1. Start with Low Pressure

If you are not sure whether the surface can handle the high pressure, you can start with lower pressure or and a wider angle nozzle until you are sure. In fact, starting with high pressure water can easily damage facings and older paint.

  1. Look for the Right Angle

Aiming the nozzle at the right angle will help you remove dirt easily. For example, to remove stubborn dirt and paint spots, you can aim the nozzle at a 45° angle, rather than from a perpendicular angle. If you have adjusted your angle and found the right angle, you can keep the water blaster at a constant angle.

  1. Start from the Bottom

At first, you can start spraying the dirt quickly across the entire wall; this technique aims to soften any dirt. You can apply this technique by using broad horizontal action right from the bottom while keeping the nozzle at a constant distance and angle from the wall.  Once finished, you can wash the loose dirt away from the wall.

  1. Know your Object Material

If you have timber decks, you’d better avoid using the highest pressure setting, as it can result in visual damage and splintering of the timber. Instead, you can set your water blaster at a lower setting or pointing it from a greater distance. Furthermore, to maintain a constant angle and distance, you can walk beside the timber. To achieve greater result and improve the final appearance of the deck, you can apply chemicals or chlorine sprays in the application of your exterior clean Cyclone Water Blaster.

Don’t forget to store your water blaster in an upright position after usage. This will enable the oil in the high pressure pump to remain in contact with the critical components. Hopefully, by applying the tips above, you can manage to operate your water blaster at its best and gain a satisfying result.

Powerful Hacks and Tips for Water Blaster Cleaning

Today, water blaster has become so popular and is replacing many old cleaning methods. Its popularity can be understood, primarily because of its effectiveness in eradicating dirt and any other undesirable materials, such as old coatings, deeply embedded crystallized salt and other residue without causing any erosion damage of surfaces and machinery. No wonder this equipment is highly recommended for a range of industries, including airports, roads and highways, heavy construction, marine vessel maintenance, manufacturing and processing plants, power plants, pulp and paper mills, petrochemical plants, and many others. If you are looking for cleaning equipment for the type of industries mentioned before, you certainly need a water blaster for cleaning. Below, we provide you with some powerful hacks and tips for water blaster cleaning, which will be helpful for people who want to know how to use water blaster at its max.

  • Usually, people will use a small area to test out the water blasting first and if possible, somewhere out of site. Remember to always start at a slightly lower pressure than you might need. Then, learn how to control your pressure without causing any damage.
  • Keep a distance between your pressure washer nozzle and the surface at a good range and do not be too close. Having too close range will lead to a permanent damage and evoke your wife, boss, or client anger. The correct way to hold the nozzle is at least several feet away from the area that needs to be cleaned, since the close you are, the higher the pressure will be. So, you can point your water blaster closer to the surface and start to clean effectively.
  • You have to watch out for your cleaning techniques, as it will determine the result. For example, you can start washing from the ground up. Then, rinse off moving from the top down.
  • Moreover, for washing a house or a building, you have to remember that the order of cleaning is important. For example, you can start with water blasting the roof, then to the walls, after that, to the window. If you do not follow the order, your result will look messy and there will be high tendency that you will have to do it all over again.
  • Furthermore, you have to be careful when washing certain areas, such as windows, ceramic posts and post boxes. These items can easily get damaged once they get hit by direct water pressure. To prevent any damage, you can change nozzle and lower the pressure or take some steps backward.
  • Don’t aim your high pressure water at the eaves or soffits of building as it can easily lead to leaks, leave this job done by professionals.
  • If you are planning to use chemical detergent, you will have to leave it sitting for 5 to 10 minutes on the dirt before rinsing it away with clean water. Remember this: never rinse the chemical off before it dries.
  • Not all chemical detergents are suitable for cleaning all materials. Therefore, it is important to read the label and make sure it is the right one for cleaning what you want to clean. For example, there are some detergents that are designed to clean certain tasks, like a detergent designed to clean concrete, cannot be used on wood or vinyl, as it may eat away the surface due to its acidic nature.
  • To prevent detergent scale building up in the machine and hose, you have to flush the water blaster system with clean water. You can do this easily by simply standing the detergent intake in a bucket of clean water and run the machine with the pump nozzle or valve open for one minute.
  • Before storing your water blaster, you have to drain any surplus water. Furthermore, don’t let your water blaster freeze in near or sub-zero temperatures. To protect it from very cold weather, you can protect your equipment by flushing it with anti-freeze.

By knowing how to operate it at its max, hopefully you can gain more satisfying and cleaner result. Remember that water blaster is high pressure washing equipment, so don’t forget to protect your eyes and body with safety helmet and clothes.