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Dry ice is an environmentally friendly, safe cleaning method for numerous industrial applications. The process is non-conductive, non-corrosive and non-toxic. Dry Ice Blasting meets USDA, FDA and EPA guidelines. "Using dry ice blasting reduces harmful air emissions and generally creates no addition to the volume of the cleaning process waste stream."

On impact, the dry ice does the work, sublimates, and simply returns to the atmosphere, so no secondary waste is created. The blasting process produces no waste water runoff and the C02 leaves no chemical residue. All that remains for disposal is the contaminant that was removed.

Cleaning with CO2 provides environmental benefits derived from the elimination of many chemical cleaners currently used and the drastic reduction of waste which is created by conventional cleaning methods.

 

Dry-ice blasting can be used to clean food processing equipment to effectively decontaminate surfaces of Salmonella enteritidis, E. coli, and Listeria monocytogenes such that these microorganisms are not detectable using conventional microbiological methods.[4] It may also be used to clean some equipment without disassembly and without producing fire or electrical hazards. The EPA recommends dry ice blasting as an alternative to many types of solvent-based cleaning.[5] Dry ice blasting can clean numerous objects with differing, complex geometries at once.

Dry-ice blasting can be used to clean many different applications including:

  • Turbines and generators used in the power generation industry
  • Printing presses and other paper industry related machinery
  • Fire, soot and smoke damage
  • Mold, spore and mildew remediation
  • Plastic and rubber molding equipment including injection and extrusion molds
  • Paint preparation including paint stripping

Dry Ice blasting is becoming a popular eco friendly alternative to traditional methods of industrial cleaning particularly with food safety. Unlike abrasive blasting, dry ice sublimes (converts directly from a solid to a gas) upon impact and disappears leaving nothing behind but a clean, dry surface. There are no harsh chemicals and no contaminated runoff water to harm the environment thus minimizing clean up.Dry ice is a food-grade product approved by the Canadian Food Inspection agency (CFIA) as a suitable cleaning process for food processing equipment.

One of the notable roles dry ice blasting plays in the cleaning process is its level of effectiveness on fine details. Dry ice can blast deep into nooks and crannies of the machine where it otherwise goes untouched, outperforming traditional methods in both speed and the level of cleanliness.