Dry ice is one of the most adaptable compounds in the world, boasting several residential and commercial uses that you may not even be aware of (from the obvious like shipping food, to the unusual, like controlling mosquitos). Dry ice can even be used as a cleaning method, and it is well-known in some industries and unheard of in others. Like sandblasting (or other cleaning methods that shoot small matter to remove contaminants), dry ice blasting involves shooting tiny beads of solid CO2 at the surface. Since the dry ice sublimates, there is no leftover material to worry about, making it an extremely effective cleaning procedure for medical and electronic manufacturing (where it is commonly used) and other fields. Food processing is one such field that can benefit from dry ice cleaning.
While there are dangers to working with dry ice (for instance, you should never touch it with bare skin and always work in a well-ventilated area), the material is non-toxic. Dry ice is considered food grade, which is acceptable for food processing materials (the same cannot be said for most blast cleaning materials). Finally, since the result of the process is just CO2, which is already present in our air, there is no toxic byproduct either (though you want to be safe and not let CO2 build up in an enclosed space).
Dry ice is considered a soft medium because it won’t scratch or rub the surface like other options (mainly sand). Dry ice cleaning is regarded as a nonabrasive method even though it is strong enough to remove built-up grease and grime. Dry ice cleaning is strong enough to handle the dirt associated with food production and gentle enough to be used on sensitive computer equipment and circuits.
No Secondary Waste
Most of the comparable cleaning techniques available today, from sandblasting to power washing, will leave behind secondary waste. This is the remaining material left over after you shoot it at the surface (sand when you’re sandblasting and water when you’re pressure washing). This secondary waste can cause issues, getting things wet or introducing grit into gears. There is no secondary waste with dry ice. This is because of the process of sublimation. At room temperature, dry ice goes from a solid form directly to a gas. There is no liquid CO2 at any time. It joins the regular room air when it sublimates into a gas, leaving nothing behind.
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