How Does Dry Ice Blasting Work?
What is the magic of trying dry ice blasting to deep clean your car’s engine? Cleaning an engine can be a difficult task to complete. Reaching into tight spaces and crawling underneath the car to get to the worst areas while it’s still in the vehicle can make scrubbing a pain. Even if the engine is out of the car, the plastered oil and tricky angles do not make it easy. This is where dry ice blasting comes in.
What is Dry Ice Blasting?
Dry ice blasting is a non-destructive cleaning technique that uses compressed air, and dry ice particles that provide a far superior cleaning method than a pressure washer using water and, sometimes, a detergent. Unlike a consumer pressure washer, dry ice blasting does not waste a lot of water and it is effective for removing stains, coatings, rust, and contaminants.
What is the Science Behind the Dry Ice Blasting Process?
Dry ice is from carbon dioxide (CO2) at temperatures of -78.5 Celsius or -109.3 Fahrenheit. When combined with compressed air, it creates an explosive transformation. This non-destructive reaction makes cleaning the intended surface a preferred cleaning method when compared with other media blasting techniques such as glass bead, plastic, or sandblasting.
To get the job done, using the proper equipment is always necessary. The kit employed in the dry ice blasting process includes a media storage container, an air compressor, an ice blasting machine, and a blasting nozzle with a hose. Before blasting, any safety equipment should always be inspected for damage.
What are the Advantages of Dry Ice Blasting?
- Less Damage on Surface Areas. Other procedures of cleaning a surface remove more than unwanted debris by using a mix of compressed air and other elements such as plastic beads, glass beads, sand, and aluminum oxide. As a result, scarring or de-lamination can occur.
- Environment-Friendly. Depending on the cleaning technician’s procedure and location(s), some or all of the elements can be left behind, flowing down public drains into sewer systems, lakes, and the ocean.
- Workplace Safety and Health. Other uses of alternative blast cleaning media – glass, sand, plastic, aluminum oxide, etc. – can unfavorably affect the health and safety of others in the immediate area if not used with the appropriate safety equipment and procedures.
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.