Shot blasting is the process of propelling abrasive material against a surface under high pressure. A variety of shot blasting techniques exist, including bead blasting.
Bead blasting is a type of shot blasting that releases fine glass beads at high pressure to clean a surface. It is often used to clean calcium deposits from tiling and other surfaces. It can also help brighten grout color.
Bead blasting is commonly performed on metal, glass, rubber and plastic surfaces to create a smooth and shiny finish. It’s a gentler process than steel shot blasting, as the glass beads are softer on the surface.
Glass beads used in bead blasting are generally made from lead-free, soda lime-type glass that is shaped into balls. Glass beads are environmentally friendly can can be recycled approximately 30 times.
The bead blasting process is commonly used on flooring, cabinets and automobiles.
While bead blasting is helpful in some situations, concrete shot blasting is the best option for concrete floor repair.