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How Is Dry Ice Blasting Priced?

Dry Ice Pricing

Types of materials, square footage, timing, location, and more can influence the cost of dry ice blasting. Here’s what to know.

Do you struggle with the tedious work of hand-cleaning your facilities or equipment? Is your machinery difficult to reach, or sensitive to traditional cleaning methods that use harsh cleaners or water? If so, you may be a good candidate for dry ice blasting.

Dry ice blasting – a process in which dry ice is accelerated in a pressurized air stream to clean a surface – is a popular cleaning method for delicate or difficult-to-reach machinery, equipment, manufacturing facilities, and more.

Often used as an alternative to traditional cleaning methods such as sandblasting or pressure washing, dry ice blasting is non-abrasive, non-conductive, and leaves no residue – dry ice sublimates on contact. But how expensive is it – and what factors influence the cost?

The Cost Variables of Dry Ice Blasting

The pricing of dry ice blasting can vary depending on factors that include the type of material being cleaned, the square footage, the amount of dry ice required, the complexity of the job, location of the work site and desired outcome. Below is an overview of the key criteria we use at Polar Clean to determine project costs.

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Materials: What material or coating needs to be removed? Dust, grease, accumulated byproducts in manufacturing such as wood dust, mineral buildup from steam, turbine process fouling, and other hazardous materials are common in manufacturing facilities. The type and amount of buildup will impact the price of the cleaning.


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Structure: What equipment will be cleaned? The complexity and intricacy of the part – along with the square footage of the area – are used to calculate the cost of dry ice blasting. Food processing and sensitive manufacturing environments that require specialized containment throughout the cleaning process may accrue additional costs.


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Access Factors: How difficult is it to reach the area requiring cleaning? Will our employees need to use a lift, scaffolding or rappelling equipment? Is it a confined workspace? The equipment needed for accessibility and safety requirements will factor into the final cost of cleaning.


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Timing: Is this a time-sensitive project? Depending on the type of facility, you may require cleaners to work around the clock or through weekends to prevent downtime in your facilities. Staffing and scheduling needs can impact project cost.


Dry Ice Blasting for Safe, Effective Results without the Expense & Delay of Secondary Cleanup

While dry ice blasting may cost more than traditional cleaning methods due to the price of dry ice and the specialized equipment needed, it can be more cost-effective than other media blasting types when the labor involved in cleaning up the debris and/or water introduced by these other methods is considered. Polar Clean will also work with you to reduce the overall cost based on your flexibility.

Dry ice blasting is also typically faster and more effective at removing a wide range of contaminants and buildup without damaging the underlying surface.

From refineries and petrochemical plants to food processing, manufacturing, and many other industries, dry ice blasting can safely and effectively clean hard-to-reach and delicate surfaces, without added debris or water. To learn more about pricing or to receive a quote for your facility, speak with one of our dry ice blasting experts today.

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