Dry Ice Blasting vs. Soda Blasting

There are various media blasting methods to remove materials from a multitude of surfaces. Soda blasting is a common blasting method that is mildly abrasive, using sodium bicarbonate with pressurized air to remove various materials.

Comparing Dry Ice Blasting and Soda Blasting

When comparing dry ice blasting vs. soda blasting, various things should be considered, including:


  • Abrasiveness
  • Toxicity & Secondary Waste
  • Environmental Impact

Dry ice blasting offers a cleaner, more efficient solution than soda blasting. Dry ice blasting uses dry ice pellets or MicroParticles, consisting of recycled carbon dioxide, that are blasted through compressed air to remove various materials. This process offers many benefits compared to soda blasting.


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Advantages of Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blasting offers a non-abrasive solution to removing contaminants. This benefit can save both time and money by avoiding damage to expensive equipment or electrical components.  Soda blasting is a mildly abrasive solution that is less harsh than sandblasting, but it can still damage surfaces.

Dry ice blasting is a non-toxic solution because no secondary waste is created when dry ice impacts the surface. Dry ice is a food-grade material and is EPA, FDA, and USDA approved. Soda blasting can be toxic when it is used to remove hazardous materials.

Dry ice does not create any secondary waste because the dry ice particles sublimate when they impact the surface. Soda blasting can be very difficult to clean up. It creates a massive amount of secondary waste, and small particles can get into crevices making it hard to clean and apply paint.

Dry ice is an environmentally sustainable solution. We use the recycled carbon dioxide that is collected from other industrial processes. Soda blasting can harm the environment if not properly cleaned up. If sodium bicarbonate particles seep into the soil, it can unbalance the pH level and kill vegetation.


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Why Cold Jet

At Cold Jet, we have more than three decades of experience in dry ice blasting, and we are the industry leader. We offer various benefits, including:


  • Technologically AdvancedWe have an internal R&D department that develops the most innovative dry ice technology
  • Customer Service CapabilitiesWe offer worldwide 24/7 service options. We have office locations across the globe, giving us the ability to assist at any moment
  • Environmentally SustainableOur focus is to provide high-quality machinery that is safe and does not compromise the surrounding environment
  • IoT CapabilitiesWe are the only company to offer Industry 4.0 capability on dry ice blasting units

At Cold Jet, we are the OEM. This gives us the competitive edge to assist you in removing and cleaning various materials from surfaces. We also offer the option to rent or buy our products, or you can buy a used product. Visit our page, How to Buy, to learn more.

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