A Lesson in Dry Ice Blasting

They say we learn new things every day and I could not agree more with that. Why, just today, I learned about a very cool method of hi-tech cleaning, or more technically known as a form of abrasive blasting called dry ice blasting. In this revolutionary blasting method, small, compact dry ice pellets, which are actually the solid form of carbon dioxide, are used as material for blasting. The dry ice pellets are then accelerated in a jet of compressed air, just like traditional blasting methods.

The beauty of dry ice blasting is that dry ice vaporises upon contact with the contaminated surface, without leaving any residues which could be potentially harmful. In addition, no waste product is left behind with dry ice blasting.

There are many dry ice blasting machines on the market, ranging from light duty ones to extreme heavy duty ones, depending on what they will be used for. Unfortunately these machines are only recommended for use in heavy industries, like turbines and generators and also in plastic and rubber moulding equipment. See more here.

I actually thought it would be pretty cool to use a dry ice blasting machine for household cleaning!

Dry ice blasting is an excellent solution for removing contaminants and coatings like adhesives, varnish, oil, grease, coal dust, soot, mould release agents and bitumen, leaving behind no detergent or blasting material. This makes it very suitable for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries too.

In addition, dry ice is completely non-toxic, which makes it environmentally friendly. Coupled with the fact that there is absolutely no waste left behind, it is the perfect solution for most industries.

So anyhow, I learned today that dry ice is not just for keeping ice cream and soda cold for long periods of time, it can be useful as an effective blasting material for industries too.

What have you learned today? 🙂

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