Dry Ice Blasting & Cleaning Blog

New Guide: Why Use Dry Ice Blasting?

Why Use Dry Ice Blasting Guide

At first glance, hardened deposits on heat exchanger tube bundles, fire-damaged ceiling joists and glue-covered laminate machines may seem to have little in common.

Look deeper, though, and you’ll uncover a common thread: each scenario poses a uniquely difficult cleaning challenge for which abrasive cleaning methods are a poor fit. In each case, dry ice blasting was the right solution.

Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting has been around for years but is often overlooked simply because many maintenance managers haven’t heard of it. Often, tedious hand cleaning is the current and inferior solution to clean delicate equipment and surfaces where water, chemicals and overly abrasive cleaning pose a risk.

Dry ice blasting uses pellets of frozen carbon dioxide to remove a wide variety of substances and buildup from many surfaces, including wood, brick and masonry and delicate manufacturing equipment. The process, which is low-risk, environmentally friendly, fast and thorough, is well suited to tackling a wide array of challenging commercial and industrial cleaning projects.

Highlights of this Guide

In our latest guide, we provide an overview of the dry ice blasting process and the applications where dry ice blasting is the right choice. Here is an overview of what you will learn:

  • What is dry ice blasting?
  • Who uses dry ice blasting?
  • What surfaces can dry ice blasting clean?
  • What substances can be removed by dry ice blasting?
  • What projects are not a good fit for dry ice blasting?
  • Is dry ice blasting the best solution for my needs?
  • Should you I buy my own dry ice blasting equipment or use a third-party provider?

The Advantages of Dry Ice Cleaning

Because dry ice sublimates on contact, it does not create secondary debris like many other media blasting methods. And, unlike power washing, dry ice cleaning doesn’t introduce the risks of water, including mold, mildew and the initiation of rust or bacterial contamination – dry ice blasting can even be used to clean delicate electronics and electrical boxes/components.

It’s fast and effective and requires virtually no clean-up of media residue or contaminated water. This can mean substantial savings of time and money.

The powerful spray of a dry ice blasting machine also contributes to its relative speed and cost-effectiveness. That power can be adjusted to a light dusting for the most delicate cleaning jobs—we can remove ink from a page or the produce sticker from an apple—or dialed up to a high pressure to remove hardened mineral deposits or weld slag. The method’s customizable nature, combined with the sublimation of dry ice, make it safe to use on delicate surfaces, around wiring and electrical equipment and in sensitive settings like food production or historic renovation projects.

To learn more, read the full guide: Why Use Dry Ice Blasting?

You can also reach out to the Polar Clean team for a cleaning assessment.

Download the Guide