Dry ice is the solid form of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). CO2 is an colourless, odourless and tasteless gas which is a natural component of air.
What Is Dry Ice Blasting?
Dry ice blasting is a cleaning methodology, where dry ice, the solid form of carbon dioxide, is accelerated in a pressurized air stream and directed at a surface.
How Does Dry Ice Blasting Work?
Dry ice blasting is similar to sand blasting, bead blasting, or soda blasting where a media is accelerated in a pressurised air stream (or other inert gas) to impact and clean a surface. However, unlike other types of blasting media that may cause abrasive harm on impact, dry ice blasting works by a virtually harmless method called 'impact flushing'. Dry ice particles have a temperature -78.5 degrees C. When these particles impact the impurities on the surface, the impurities are cooled down tremendously, shrink and then loosen from the surface.
Why Would I Use Dry Ice Cleaning Instead Of Traditional Blasting Media?
Dry ice is an environmentally safe and effective alternative to other blasting methods used for cleaning.
Dry ice blasting is nonabrasive, non-conductive, nonflammable, and non-toxic
Because no potentially harmful chemicals are used it is approved even in the food industry.
There are considerably lower post-blasting disposal costs
It can be used even on more delicate surfaces because no abrasive media is used in the cleaning process in contrast to other methods such as sandblasing, waterblasting, plastic bead blasting or sodablasting, etc.
Most applicarions can be cleaned without the need for disassembly and without the worry of any grit or other residue being entrapped on surfaces.
All the above reduces the time required for cleaning preparation and post-blasting clean-up, saving your business both time and money.
Can Dry Ice Blasting be Used in an Enclosed Space?
Yes, but proper ventilation must be ensured. Because CO2 is 40% heavier than air, exhaust vents at, or near, ground level are required when blasting in an enclosed building. In an open environment, existing ventilation is sufficient to prevent undue CO2 buildup. Although CO2 is non toxic it can displace oxygen, resulting in asphyxia, if equipment is used in a poorly ventilated area.
Are Pro-Ice Clean Technicians Fully Insured & Trained?
Pro-Ice Clean Ltd is fully insured and all of our technicians are full trained in safe and effective operational procedures.
About Pro-Ice Clean Ltd
Pro-Ice Clean Ltd provides Dry Ice Blasting & Cleaning and room & car sanitization services to the public, commercial, engineering and industrial sectors throughout Ireland.
All our technicians are fully trained and safety certified in the operation of our equipment and our company maintains an impeccable safety record.
Contact us for advice on your business blast cleaning requirements and we can provide a free no-obligation demonstration, assessment of your requirements and quote.