What is dry ice cleaning?

Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, plastic bead blasting, or soda blasting where a medium is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to impact a surface to be cleaned or prepared. But that’s where the similarity ends.

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Instead of using hard abrasive media to grind on a surface (and damage it), dry ice blasting uses soft dry ice, accelerated at supersonic speeds, and creates mini-explosions on the surface to lift the undesirable item off the underlying substrate.

Why should I use dry ice blasting to clean my equipment?

  • It is a non-abrasive, nonflammable and nonconductive cleaning method
  • Dry ice is environmentally-friendly and contains no secondary contaminants such as solvents or grit media
  • This method of cleaning leaves no runoff which helps to reduce your companies carbon footprint and it is FDA, EPA and USDA approved
  • This cleaning method is approved for use in the food and beverage industry
  • Dry ice allows most items to be cleaned in place without time-consuming disassembly, most items can even be cleaned onsite since there is no hazardous runoff.
  • This method of cleaning can be used without damaging active electrical or mechanical parts or creating fire hazards
  • Dry ice blasting can be used to remove production residues, release agents, contaminants, paints, oils and biofilms
  • Dry ice can be as gentle as dusting smoke damage from books or as aggressive as removing weld slag from tooling


See for yourself the dramatic difference that dry ice blasting makes





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