Latest trends and technologies in dry ice blasting


Dry ice cleaning continues to become a well-known solution in various industries. The manufacturing industry has become more knowledgeable of the benefits and applications of the process, and the technology continues to advance and become more accessible.

For those who are not familiar with dry ice cleaning, it is similar to sand, bead and soda blasting in that it prepares and cleans surfaces using a media accelerated in a pressurised air stream. It differs in that dry ice cleaning uses 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. The unique characteristics of dry ice make it an ideal cleaning media. Dry ice is non-abrasive, non-conductive, and will not damage surfaces or equipment. It sublimates – or converts from a solid to a gas – on impact, leaving behind no secondary waste.

Dry ice is made of reclaimed CO2, does not add additional greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere, and is an approved media by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Department of Agriculture (USDA). It is safe, non-toxic and reduces or eliminates employee exposure to the use of dangerous chemical cleaning agents.  These attributes make dry ice cleaning an efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsible cleaning solution.

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