What is dry ice blasting?
Dry ice blast cleaning involves using pressurized air to shoot a variety of different sized solid dry ice pellets at a variety of pressures to reach a desired level of cleaning. We use the Cold Jet Dry Ice Blasting system which allows us to expertly control the size of blasting media and the pressure we use with it. These machines can create scrubbing action aggressive enough to remove caked on tar from paving equipment. The same machines can also create a gentle scrubbing action that removes no more than the ink from a business card. This second pressure is often used for delicate equipment cleaning, such as that around robotic welders.
Is dry ice blasting safe for electrical equipment?
Yes! Dry ice blasting is a non-conductive cleaning method that does not use water or liquid. Due to the unique properties of dry ice, it sublimates from a solid state directly to a gas and avoids the liquid state so it can't short out the circuits on delicate electronics. For this reason dry ice blasting is a preferred method for cleaning up power generation equipment, food processing machinery, packaging equipment, injection molding, and robotic assembly equipment.
What benefits does dry ice blasting have over pressure washing?
One of the advantages of dry ice blast cleaning is it doesn't create a secondary waste stream. When washing items with water, cleanup entails cleaning up both the debris being removed from a surface and the dirty water created in the process. Dry ice blasting leaves nothing behind but the debris being removed from the surface being cleaned. This shortens cleanup time, lowers down-time, and requires less dis-assembly. Thanks to the flexibility of dry ice blasting many pieces of equipment can be cleaned in place reducing the time commitment required. An additional advantage of using dry ice blasting is the lack of drying or rinsing time required since no chemical residue is left behind and no liquid is used so surfaces are dry almost instantly after cleaning.
What can dry ice blasting clean?
Paint removal, boat hull cleaning, power generation equipment cleaning, food processing equipment cleaning, smoke damage restoration, historical restoration, rust removal, tar removal, and many more uses are all applications for dry ice blast cleaning. This method is particularly useful in applications where rollers are applying adhesives and the adhesive residue needs to be removed for cleaning or maintenance.