Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Pressure Washing

What Is Pressure Washing?

Pressure washing or power washing is the application of high pressure water spray. Specially designed pumps spray up to a hundred times more powerful than the typical garden hose. On concrete it is used to remove unsightly mold, bubble gum, and other dirt stains. Wooden decks can be returned to new, and house siding is greatly improved by removing pollution, mildew, and other signs of neglect.

Can Chemicals Be Used With A Pressure Washer?

Yes, Suds Mobile Cleaning Systems uses cleaning solutions that are power washer and Eco-friendly. Harsh chemicals such as bleach are not only bad for the environment but potentially harmful to the surface you are cleaning. They will also harm the seals and components of the cleaning equipment.

Does Pressure Washing Use Hot or Cold Water?

Suds Mobile Cleaning Systems offers both Hot and Cold pressure washing services. Cold pressure washing is best used for removing dirt. When you are cleaning a surface mixed with oil or grease, a hot water system will do a better job.

Dry Ice Blasting

What Is Dry Ice?

Dry Ice is the solid form of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). CO2 is a colorless, tasteless, odorless gas found naturally in our atmosphere. This is the same dry ice more commonly known for producing a white fog for theatrical effects.

How Does Dry Ice Blasting Work?

Dry ice blasting has three dimensions contributing to its effectiveness. First, there is a thermal impact. At a temperature of -109ºF, dry ice causes thermal shock of the surface due to the difference in temperature. This causes the bond between the contaminant and the surface to break leaving a clean surface behind. Second, there is kinetic impact, as the dry ice pellets bombard the surface. Third, as sublimation of the dry ice takes place, it expands in volume 800%, propelling the contaminant off the surface.

Why Would I Use Dry Ice Instead of Traditional Medias?

Most other blast medias will leave secondary waste behind. Dry ice vaporizes upon impact with the surface. All that remains is the contaminant you are removing, displaced from the substrate. There is no secondary waste stream such as sand or water. Since dry ice vaporizes on impact, the process can be used to clean complicated cavities where typical grit blast media will become trapped.

Will Dry Ice Damage The Surface?

Our process is adjusted so that Suds can optimize our cleaning process to clean delicate or tough surfaces. These range from cleaning circuit boards to cleaning weld slag, without damaging the surface.

Can Dry Ice Be Used To Clean HOT Surfaces?

Yes, in fact the surface is oftentimes easier to clean at a hotter temperature. This is because of the larger difference in temperature and thermal shock upon impact, releasing the bond quicker than on a cooler surface.

Is Dry Ice Blasting Expensive?

Depending on the application, dry ice blasting is often a cheaper alternative than other forms of media blasting. The cleaning process has a fast turnaround time and allows for less to no downtime. The nonabrasive results allow for extra steps to be eliminated, in most cases, such as repainting or reconditioning surfaces. Additionally, there is no need to clean up of secondary waste, after the process is completed since no media (e.g. sand or water) remains after the process.

Dustless Blasting

What Is Dustless Blasting?

Dustless Blasting mixes water and abrasive inside the blast tank. By introducing water you can drastically increase the mass and energy coming out of the machine. A wet media will hit a target harder but will not disintegrate into a cloud of dust.

Does The Media Create A Mess?

The abrasive materials will settle below or very near to the material you are blasting. If you are in a place where you need to dispose of this media, we can easily spread out some plastic before we begin blasting, and roll it up when we are finished.

Will The Media Warp or Damage The Surface?

Friction from a DRY abrasive causes metal to heat up. Suds Mobile Dustless Blasting will not cause warping, because the water reduces friction and heat. Dustless Blasting can however cause damage to Chrome and Glass. These surfaces can be damaged by any kind of abrasive blasting. You should always mask off the chrome and glass prior to any work.

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