November 9

Top 6 Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting

By Kevin Finn

November 9, 2021

Dry ice blasting offers a unique approach to any job and offers a number of benefits over other cleaning techniques. The dry ice blasting process can even be used on some of the most delicate materials and surfaces, including electronic or electrical components.

Dry ice blasting is a form of carbon dioxide cleaning, where dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface in order to clean it. Dry ice blasting is an innovative solution with a broad range of applications, including graffiti removal. 

Dry Ice Blasting Uses

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Dry ice blasting has many potential uses for a homeowner as well as a business owner. For the homeowner, It has proven especially beneficial in mildew remediation and mold removal on certain surfaces. It is also extremely effective in removing toxic residues, soot, and associated smells after a house fire. 

Dry ice blasting is utilized in many different types of industries. Businesses that can benefit from this type of cleaning include those from the food industry to commercial manufacturing. It can clean all types of objects with varying, complex geometries at once. It can also replace traditional cleaning methods that rely on manual scrubbing and the use of chemical cleaning agents. Dry ice blasting cleans the molds in place at operating temperature, thus eliminating the need to shut production down for cleaning.

Advantages of Dry Ice Blasting

The dry ice blasting system is a unique one because the dry ice crystals immediately convert from a liquid to gas once applied, which means virtually no additional residue. The reduced post-cleanup time makes dry ice cleaning especially useful for cleaning industrial machinery because of the minimal downtime that is required for effective cleaning.

Below are additional benefits derived from using dry ice blasting over other cleaning methods.

  1. Deep cleaning in a short period of time. Dry ice blasting allows for a deeper cleaning with the ability to reach all surfaces that other methods can’t reach. It is also a much faster way to clean equipment. Machines can be cleaned in place without the need to transport them to a cordoned-off area. 

    Dry ice blasting is a dry process that doesn’t emit liquid particles. It requires no disassembly or reassembly, which means much less downtime. When the cleaning process is completed, the clean-up is quick and easy due to the fact that dry ice vaporizes to a gas and leaves behind no secondary waste.
  1. Environmentally responsible. Dry ice cleaning meets USDA, FDA and EPA guidelines for environmental preservation. Dry ice pellets are pure carbon dioxide and do not leave behind any toxic residue. By replacing toxic chemical processes with CO2/dry ice blasting systems, it can reduce or eliminate employee exposure and corporate liability stemming from the use of dangerous chemical cleaning agents.

  1. Does not damage surfaces. Dry ice cleaning is non-abrasive, non-flammable, and nonconductive. It will not damage most substrates and can be used safely on electrical components.

  1. Microorganism de-contamination. Dry ice blasting can effectively remove salmonella, E.coli, and listeria from surfaces such as stainless steel, ceramic tile, and food-grade plastics. It is a highly recommended way to clean food production equipment, food packaging equipment, and the food production environment itself.

  1. Cost- and time-saving! Due to the fact that dry ice particles dissipate into a gas, it eliminates the cost of collecting the cleaning media for disposal. It also provides online maintenance capabilities for production equipment. Therefore, time-consuming and expensive de-tooling procedures are kept to a minimum. With Dry Ice cleaning, there is no need for dedicated cleaning cycles. Instead, preventive maintenance schedules can be adopted, which allow for equipment cleaning during production periods. 

  1. Extends the life of equipment. Unlike other mediums like sand, walnut shells, plastic beads, and other abrasive grit media, dry ice particles are non-abrasive. Cleaning with dry ice will not wear down the tooling, textured surfaces, or open tolerances, or damage bearings or machinery.

Hire the Professionals in Dry Ice Blasting

St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has been serving St. Louis families, businesses, and corporations since 1991. As a local family-owned company, our mission is to exceed our clients’ expectations and provide fair and honest pricing, quality service, innovative technology, and unprecedented customer service. 

St. Louis Cleaning and Restoration has extensive knowledge and expertise in the use of dry ice blasting for residential and industrial cleaning and recovery services. Contact us today to discuss the cost of dry ice blasting, or for general inquiries regarding our graffiti removal contractor services.

In addition to dry ice blasting, we offer water and fire cleanup and restoration, mold remediation, and a plethora of other services. We set the highest standards for technician training and certification, to ensure that we provide the highest level of service. We deliver the solutions you need for your restoration and cleaning challenges.

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