Dry Ice Blasting FAQs:
What is dry ice blasting?
Dry ice blasting, also called dry ice cleaning, is an environmentally sustainable cleaning and surface preparation technique. Dry ice blasting uses recycled solid carbon dioxide (CO2) pellets or MicroParticles, which are blasted at supersonic speeds and sublimate on impact, lifting dirt and contaminants off the underlying substrate. Dry ice cleaning is non-abrasive, non-conductive, non-toxic, and non-flammable. It is also chemical free, water free and does not create secondary waste streams.
How do dry ice blasters work?
Dry ice blasters blast carbon dioxide pellets or MicroParticles at supersonic speeds using compressed air. These pellets/particles then sublimate on impact and lift dirt and contaminants off the underlying substrate.
What is dry ice blasting used for?
Dry ice blasting is a non-destructive solution for cleaning, surface preparation, and parts finishing. Dry ice blasting does not require water or cleaning chemicals and does not produce secondary waste. Dry ice blasting (cleaning) can be used in industries like aerospace & aviation, automotive, contract cleaning, food & beverage, plastics & composites, restoration, textiles, and more. Common applications within these industries include adhesive removal, coatings & corrosion removal, composite tool cleaning, remediation, parts finishing, and surface preparation. As you can see, dry ice blasting can be used for a wide range of applications.
What are my options for dry ice blasting equipment?
Cold Jet offers our top-of-the-line dry ice blasting equipment both new and used. As the OEM, you can be sure that you’re receiving the best equipment and the customer service/support you deserve. Click here to learn more about our buying options.
Why would I choose dry ice blasting over another cleaning and surface prep method?
Dry ice cleaning offers a non-toxic, environmentally sustainable alternative to traditional cleaning methods that does not create secondary waste in the cleaning process, does not require chemicals, and does not use valuable and expensive water in the cleaning process. It can also reduce time and labor costs when compared to other methods.
Is dry ice blasting dangerous?
Because dry ice blasting involves the use of dry ice, there are certain safety precautions that should be followed to ensure all personnel are safe. Some key precautions include:
- Ensuring proper ventilation
- Limiting exposure
- Identifying and labeling areas where it is possible for CO2 to accumulate
- Wearing and utilizing proper PPE such as gloves, eyewear, and tongs
Dry ice blasting is not inherently dangerous, but there are safety precautions one should always follow. To learn more about CO2 and dry ice safety, click here.
How much does dry ice cleaning cost?
Dry ice blasters range in price from $15k to $45k USD. Speak to a sales associate today for a more tailored quote.