Dry Ice Home Improvement Uses
Dry ice is an interesting substance; people have often heard of it but never used it in real life, except perhaps to make a volcano erupt in a school science project. However, dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is useful around the house in some highly practical ways.
Dry Ice to Remove Tiles
Whether you have vinyl, ceramic, or asphalt floor tiles you can’t wait to get rid of, dry ice is actually the easiest and most back-saving tool to undo those difficult adhesives. All you need is:
- A block of dry ice
- A towel
- Parchment paper
- Protective gloves
To remove those unsightly tiles, place the parchment over a tile and put the dry ice, covered in the towel, on top. Wait for a few minutes. Read a book, eat a piece of fruit, or just while away the day. Once you hear a popping sound, you know the dry ice has had its victory. Either peel or pry off the loose tile, depending on its material. Repeat the same steps with each tile. Your floor will be clear in no time!
Dry Ice as Refrigerant
Dry ice is famously cold. It is so cold that it can keep regular ice cold. At -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit, frozen carbon dioxide is the perfect refrigerant should your home ever experience a power outage. With dry ice, a refrigerator can keep its contents cold for 4-6 hours, and a freezer can maintain its temperature for a day or two. The fuller your freezer is, the longer it can stay cold. Wrap your dry ice in newspaper or towels before putting it into the refrigerator or freezer to prevent the shelves from cracking under the temperature.
Dry Ice Mosquito Repellant
A little known fact is that dry ice makes for a perfect mosquito repellant on hot, summer days. As you sit by the fire, cook on the grill, or sit on your patio furniture, you no longer have to douse yourself in poisonous bug spray. The dry ice method of keeping mosquitoes at bay requires collaboration between a 5-lb dry ice block and a mosquito trap. Traps are readily available in many stores. You may want more than one set, depending on your property’s size and shape. Hang the mosquito trap and the dry ice in a cloth bag very close by. The carbon dioxide will lure the bugs, while the trap will kill them.
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 dry 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.