Dry ice blasting is the new technology and technique that is quickly replacing traditional techniques such as sand and plastic blasting in media blasting. Typically, it is a system that uses small rice size pellets of dry ice with compressed air to clean surfaces. It works like sand blasting or steam blasting to lend superior results. You can use an ice temperature of about -109.3F or -78.5C against the materials that need removal.
A Unique Replacement to Traditional Options
Using dry ice blasting is better than sandblasting because the ice does not damage the working surface. The ice sublimes quickly into the air leaving the material that needs to be cleaned up. Traditional grit media tend to wear the surface something that dry ice does not do. This ensures that the surface integrity is maintained and preserved.
Using dry ice in surface blasting is also superior to water blasting because your crew does not need to wait for electric steam cleaning systems to dry first before another task. In water blasting, you need containers for collecting contaminated water; this is not the case in ice blasting. Additionally, the removal of algae, mildew and mold is far more complete than with the use of water.
If you are looking for an option to use with your industrial conveyor belt cleaners that can replace many hazardous solvents, then dry ice is your best bet. Some of the chemicals that can be damaging include perchlorethane, methylene chloride, caustic solutions, orthodichlorobenzene, cresylic acid, and trichloroethane. With dry ice, you can live without the worry of these chemicals. During cleaning, dry ice evaporates leaving no waste. You only need to dispose of the material that is being cleaned. This helps to reduce the cost of disposing of waste
With dry ice, it is now easier to clean surfaces in your business. You can get a dry ice blasting equipment that is specifically designed to be used with dry ice. Dry ice is effective in removing adhesives as the low temperature weaken the adherence of an adhesive on a surface. Cleaning surfaces after a fire is even easier; just use dry ice to remove hoot, toxic residues, and other bad smells associated with fire. When using dry ice in blasting, beware of increased levels of noise and large amounts of carbon dioxide that are released during the process.