Dry ice blasting is a great, environmentally friendly process used for cleaning hard-to-reach areas by showering them with extremely small pellets of dry ice. Although this method of cleaning is highly effective and safe for many things, it is still relatively unknown to those outside of the dry ice industry. This blog is here to help with that! Dry Ice Corp is willing to answer any questions one might have when considering making the switch to dry ice blasting for cleaning. Here are some regularly asked questions about dry ice blasting to help clear up some preconceptions you may have about the process.
How Does Dry Ice Blasting Work?
Dry ice blasting uses a combination of multiple reactions to ensure a spotless clean. These processes are sublimation, kinetic, and thermal in nature. Kinetic is the physical cleaning part when the small pellets physically rub off dirt and grime. Thermal, or the very low temperature of the ice, causes the rest of the dirt to become detached from the object being cleaned. Lastly, the ice melts immediately once exposed to air and begins to sublimate. This means it essentially creates a mini explosion on the microscopic level, which will remove the loosened dirt and grime completely.
Does Dry Ice Blasting Cause Any Additional Damage?
No, dry ice blasting does not cause any damages to any surfaces. It is non-abrasive in nature. Another advantage is that the dry ice blasting method of cleaning can be used without disassembly of any complex machinery, even in more fragile areas. This is very useful for those who are looking to keep their facilities clean but decrease the labor and downtime costs of reassembling and disassembling their devices. The only effect dry ice blasting does is it makes the temperature of the machinery much colder, but this is part of the cleaning process.
How Do I Keep Myself Safe?
There are a number of steps you must take to keep yourself safe when handling and disposing of dry ice. Firstly, everyone within the blasting area always makes sure to wear gloves, face protection like goggles or plastic masks, and ear guards to defend against the possible exposure to the ice and noises. Secondly, always remember to never point the dry ice nozzle in the direction of anyone. This creates a risk for possible injury when dry ice blasting since the pellets are being fired at very high speeds.
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