Is Dry Ice Blasting Better Than Other Blasting Methods?

Posted On December 7, 2015

Dry ice blasting has plenty of advantages, and all of those benefits have helped to make it one of our most popular cleaning methods. 

But how does dry ice blasting compare to other blasting techniques, like sandblasting, soda blasting, or water blasting? 

Read below to learn more.

Dry Ice Blasting vs. Sandblasting

Grains of sand can be quite sharp at high speeds, and sandblasting uses this abrasiveness to scrape dirt and grime from a surface.  While this method of cleaning can be effective, it has the potential to damage certain materials.  Dry ice blasting on the other hand, is non abrasive, and safe to use on a variety of different materials, including most electrical components.  Plus, since the dry ice pellets almost immediately turn to gas as they’re blasted into the air, they’re able to fit into places that would be impossible to reach by hand.  That means there’s no need to move, or take apart equipment prior to cleaning, helping your company get back to business as quickly as possible. 


Dry Ice Blasting vs. Soda Blasting

While soda blasting can be a good industrial cleaning technique, it does produce a lot of secondary waste.  Depending on the material used in the blast process, there are concerns about the effects that soda blasting can have on the environment, in particular, soil that it may come into contact with after blasting.  Therefore, the secondary waste created once the soda blasting process is complete must be properly disposed of - and that can add to your cleaning costs.  Conversely, dry ice blasting produces no additional waste.  The only dirt and grime remaining after the cleaning process is what was removed from the objects being cleaned.  Furthermore, dry ice blasting has no carbon footprint, making it one of the most environmentally friendly industrial cleaning options on the market today.


Dry Ice Blasting vs. Water Blasting

Water is an incredibly powerful natural resource.  And propelling water at high speeds will clean a variety of surfaces and materials.  However, all of that water takes time to dry - meaning you’ll have to wait for the machines to dry before your company can get back to business.  When it comes to industrial cleaning, one of dry ice blasting’s biggest advantages is the speed at which a company is able to resume work following the cleaning process.  Since machines can be cleaned in place - and no dry time is required - equipment can be used almost immediately.  In addition, dry ice blasting is better than water blasting when it comes to removing organic matter.  Things like mold and mildew have a greater chance of recontamination following water blasting than after ice blasting is complete. 

With its many advantages, dry ice blasting is certainly one of the best industrial cleaning methods on the market today.  Things like decreased factory downtimes, its lack of carbon footprint, and its ability to be used on a wide variety of materials have made dry ice blasting one of our most popular blasting techniques.  Contact us today to learn more.