When people think of dry ice, they think of the science concepts or the special effects for Halloween decorations or movies, but there is much more to learn than that. One of the least known uses for dry ice is actually in cleaning. Dry ice blasting, otherwise known as CO2 blasting, dry ice cleaning, and environmentally sustainable cleaning is when tiny particles of dry ice are shot in a high-pressure stream at a surface that has to be cleaned. It is a very effective cleaning method with various benefits. To learn all about dry ice blasting and how it could help you, read on!
Safe for Special Equipment
Dry ice, or CO2, is a non-corrosive, non-flammable, non-abrasive, and nonconductive. All of this means that it’s the perfect substance to blast debris and dirt off special equipment. Other materials that are used in blast cleanings, like plastic beads or sand, are very hard. They work by scrubbing off the debris, but they could also abrade the surface. This can be an issue for specialized equipment since it’s often very finely tuned. CO2 is not hard, and it cleans by creating little explosions on the surface once they hit. This force cleans off the surface without causing any damage and without interfering with mechanical or electrical operations. Since it is not real ice, there isn’t a worry of water causing any harm towards the equipment.
Keeping Food Safe
While dry ice shouldn’t ever be eaten by people or animals, using it as a cleaner is considered safe for food. This is because there is no chemical residue that’s left behind. Once the cleaning process is complete, all of the solid CO2 has sublimated into gaseous CO2.
The same factors that make it safe for food also make it an excellent environmental choice. There’s no reside or secondary contaminants that must be washed down the drains from dry ice blasting. This method of cleaning works as well as any chemical cleaner without any of the downsides.
Don’t Have to Disassemble
Dry ice blasting could be used for any sized equipment, and be used to clean any crevice or opening. Since it can fit into the small cracks, there is no need to take apart the equipment. This means that the cleaning process takes less time so you can get back to work.
Dry Ice For All Your Needs
Dry Ice Corp is the largest regional supplier of dry ice and related products in the Northeastern United States. Our ice is fresh and delivered right to your doorstep. We are happy to help you determine the best way to ship your goods, whether you have a huge amount of cookies or a single pie, and help you select the perfect amount of dry ice for the job. Give us a call at (201) 767-3200 or contact us online for a quote. To connect with us online, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.