What is Dry Ice blasting?

Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, plastic bead blasting, or soda blasting where a medium is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to impact a surface to be cleaned or prepared. But that's where the similarity ends. Instead of using hard abrasive media to grind on a surface (and damage it), dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice, accelerated at supersonic speeds, and creates mini-explosions on the surface to lift the undesirable item off the underlying substrate.

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5 Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting

  1. Decreased Downtime through Cleaning In-Place
    Typical cleaning procedures require that equipment be disassembled and moved
    to an assigned area for proper cleaning. That is not the case with dry ice
    blasting. Equipment can be cleaned in-place and hot in most situations.
    Because of that, many time-consuming, labor-intensive steps which were
    required with other methods such as sand blasting can be eliminated
  2. Faster and More Thorough Cleaning
    With dry ice blast cleaning, a superior clean can be achieved while reducing
    hours when compared to scrubbing with abrasive pads or wire brushes. A
    tremendous labor savings is accomplished.
  3. Elimination of Equipment Damage
    Dry ice is non-abrasive to surfaces and does not change a surface’s
    structure. It lifts the contaminants away. Second, because equipment can now
    be cleaned in place, potential damage from moving equipment to and from a
    dedicated cleaning area is also eliminated.
  4. Reduction or Elimination of Solvents
    Dry ice blasting uses no solvents, but instead uses harmless CO2 pellets.
    This can be a critical need for certain companies in order to comply with
    environmental regulations or to improve worker safety.
  5. Reductions in Waste Disposal
    Dry ice blast cleaning because the CO2 pellet vaporizes upon contact, the
    only waste created is the contaminant itself. This alone can result in
    significant waste reduction.