Dry Ice Blasting / Cleaning

Dry ice blasting system shoots small rice size pieces of dry ice out of a jet nozzle with compressed air – somewhat like sandblasting, pressurized water or steam blasting, with superior results. The frigid temperature of dry ice -109.3°F or -78.5°C “blasting” against the material to be removed, causes it to shrink and loose adhesion from its sub surface. Additionally, during dry ice blast cleaning when the dry ice penetrates through the material to be removed, it comes in contact with the warmer underlying surface and converts back to co2. The gas has 800 times greater volume and expands behind the material speeding up its removal. Paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives are some of the materials removed by this procedure. Only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.

Dry Ice Blast cleaning replaces other methods, such as sand, water or chemical. Superior to other cleaning methods because the dry ice is soft enough not to pit or damage the underlying surface. The dry ice quickly sublimes into the air and only the removed material must be cleaned up.

Equipment damage & Safety is addressed in two ways.

  • Dry ice blasting does not erode or wear the targeted surface as traditional grit media and wire brushes do. This means surface integrity and critical tolerances are preserved. Equipment will not have to be replaced due to surface erosion common with sand, glass beads, and other abrasive media.
  • Ice Blasting is safer than other methods because its non-toxic, Non-Conductive, No Harmful emissions, safe for employees, EPA safe for the environment and with these factors in mind, will eliminate employee exposure and corporate liability.
  • Dry ice blasting is used in many industries from machinery cleaning, factory cleaning, industrial parts cleaning, tank cleaning, heavy equipment cleaning, restoration, printing press cleaning and what is important to any industry, is that the FDA as well as the EPA recommends dry ice blasting as an alternative to many types of solvent-based cleaning.

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