Dry ice cleaning is an effective cleaning procedure that helps in extending the life of equipment while eliminating or lessening the costly replacement, repair, or rental programs. Dry ice cleaning is similar to other blasting techniques like HP cleaning or sandblasting and differs only in the use of frozen CO2 solid pellets. On hitting the surface, the pellets sublimate, and the volume increases by 700 times. The removal of contaminated surface layers results from freezing, contraction, and weakening.Because of the non-abrasive nature of the dry ice blasting method, commercial cleaning services have been using it as a soot removal technique on all kinds of common surfaces such as metal, concrete plastic, and wood.
Metals are a common surface cleaned by dry ice blasting because of its use in factories, power plants, and other industrial fields. Machines, conveyors and other tools can collect grime, oil, and other hazardous buildups, causing them to slow down or break. It is able to penetrate through the grime and buildup, down to the surface of metals without causing abrasive damage or particle lodging into crevices or gears. Electrical components attached to metals are not a problem either because dry ice evaporates immediately and does not harm live electrical equipment. With so many components connected to machines, it makes it easy to clean without having to take them apart piece by piece to be cleaned.
Concrete is another popular substance cleaned by commercial cleaning services. Common cleaning needs for concrete include fire damage, graffiti, oil spills, mud stains or other surface contaminants. Depending on the type of concrete, different dry ice cleaning methods might be used. For example, some types of concrete are perforated and substances can penetrate the depth of the concrete so a gentler approach must be used. Because concrete is such a common material used for practical and decorative purposes, this method will provide a deep cleaning for stucco, sidewalks, patios, garages or even walls. Dry Ice Blasting can work into the deep surfaces of concrete to remove surface contamination and leave the area renewed without abrasive damage or cleanup.
Plastic injection molding and die extrusion parts often gather residue on the inside of equipment which causes imperfections to occur in the molds. Ice blasting is gentle enough on surfaces to remove residue on plastic molds while keeping the integrity of its shape and outcome. Industrial cleaning services offered to plastics industries are often requested to clean mixers, mold machines, molds, extruder screws, packaging equipment and/or ovens.
Dry Ice Blasting is even easy enough on surfaces to clean wood structures or facades. Wood is often cleaned with other abrasive methods such as sandblasting and water blasting. But those methods are detrimental to the natural properties of wood and can cause physical and water damage. It helps remove dirt, oil, mold and smoke damage that is ingrained into the wood.
These basic components all makeup much of the foundation of services and industries like aerospace, electrical, food and beverage, foundry, historical restoration, marine, packaging, printing and pharmaceuticals. dry ice blasting has proven to be the most proficient in soot removal, a source of industrial cleaning and restoration for these industries and more because it is sanitary and consistent. More and more commercial cleaning services are switching to this particular cleaning method and the results are proven in the increased productivity and length of life of machines.