The Cold, Hard Facts of Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting is a form of carbon dioxide cleaning. This cleaning process takes dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, and accelerates or “blasts” it in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface or item to clean it. The dry ice almost immediately turns to gas, or sublimes, leaving no residue or secondary waste. Dry ice is soft enough not to pit or damage the underlying surface of the area or item to be cleaned. The only cleanup remaining is the material that was removed from the surface. Superior to other methods of cleaning, dry ice blasting is approved by the EPA, FDA, and USDA. It is 100% ecologically safe and is harmless to humans and animals.

Uses for Dry Ice Blasting

Proven to be very effective in fire restoration, it removes soot, char, residue and odor from all burned surfaces. Additionally, for industrial machinery cleaning, it removes oil, grease, adhesives, ink, asphalt, tar, wax, and other items that have built up on the surface. Dry ice blasting is non-toxic and non-hazardous making it the perfect cleaning method for food service machinery and medical appliances. It inhibits the growth of mold and bacteria.

Dry ice blasting maintains surface integrity; therefore, equipment does not have to be replaced due to surface erosion commonly seen with sand, glass beads, and other abrasive cleaning methods. Also, with traditional cleaning methods, equipment can be damaged while being moved to a different area to be cleaned. With dry ice blasting, most equipment and machinery can be cleaned while in place.

Dry ice blasting is an improvement over steam and water blasting for numerous reasons:

1. There’s no drying time. Immediately put generators and electrical parts back into service without waiting.
2. Mold and mildew removal are more complete with a much less chance of regenerating because of water vapor or moisture.
3. Removal of radioactive contaminate does not require huge containers for storage of contaminated water.
4. It replaces environmentally damaging solvents including trichloroethane, methylene chloride, cresylic acid, and caustic solutions.

A More Thorough, Faster Cleaning Method

With the ability of dry ice blasting to clean equipment in place, it eliminates the need to move equipment which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. There is no waiting for the equipment to cool down, disassembling it, transporting it to a designated cleaning area, reassembling it, and returning it. Dry ice blasting provides a more thorough cleaning and can shorten the cleaning time from days to hours, thus saving a tremendous amount of labor. Additionally, dry ice blasting cleans crevices and places that cannot be reached by hand resulting in equipment running more efficiently. Possible leaks are also revealed and may prevent major equipment failures in the future.

Rainbow International of Northeastern Maryland is 24/7 full service, IICRC Certified restoration company. Each and every one of their technicians are trained and certified to provide the very best remediation and restoration services. For more information on dry ice blasting or any other specialty cleaning needs you may have, call them at 877-853-2445 or fill out the contact form here.