Dry ice blasting is an environmentally sustainable cleaning solution and polishing method, patented in 1955, that can be used to clean machinery and equipment in various industries. It tends to be the preferred method of cleaning in numerous applications due to its non-abrasiveness and ability to obtain a factory finish. Yet, there are many who either doubt the benefits of dry ice cleaning or simply aren’t aware of their extent. Additionally, there are many questions that hinder businesses from making the switch to dry ice.
The answers to these questions might help you determine if dry ice blasting is right for your application.
Is it safe to use indoors?
While dry ice blasting needs to be performed in a well-ventilated area to avoid changing the atmospheric conditions, it can be completed indoors. Despite that one caution, dry ice blasting is an extremely safe and effective cleaning method that has widespread use. It uses a non-toxic, non-abrasive media which sublimates upon contact with the surface making dry ice blasting a safe and environmentally sustainable cleaning method.
What happens to the contaminants?
Rust, dirt, grease, oil, or practically any other surface contaminant will simply fall to the floor during the cleaning process. Dry ice blasting doesn’t rely on friction to disrupt the contaminant material and evaporates after reaching the surface, leaving only the contaminants on the ground. You can choose to dispose of these however you wish but the need for water is almost never necessary, although it can be used to wash away any leftover contaminants.
What are some of the benefits?
There are countless benefits to dry ice blasting such as:
- Doesn’t require machine disassembly
- Improves lifespan of machinery
- Reduces down time
- Environmentally friendly
- Saves money and time, particularly on labor
- Doesn’t require hazardous or abrasive materials
- No secondary waste
- Can be used on sensitive applications such as electrical components or impressionable surfaces
- There is no drying time
This list isn’t exhaustive and you might find that there are many other benefits specific to your application.
Dry ice blasting can be used when other media cannot and clean machinery in one of the most eco-friendly ways possible. No matter your application, it can prove to be the new standard in industrial cleaning solutions.