What is Dry Ice And How Can it Help Your Business

Posted On November 18, 2015

If you’ve ever been to a haunted house, you’ve seen dry ice - or, rather, the sublimation of dry ice as it turns from a solid into a gas. 

Dry ice is what creates that eerie fog that adds to a haunted house’s already spooky decor. 

But, while that’s probably how dry ice is best recognized by the masses, that’s certainly not its only use.

In fact, there’s a good chance that dry ice can help your business - and not just when it comes to setting the mood for your company’s Halloween party.  Read below to learn more about dry ice and its corporate applications.


What is Dry Ice?

Dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide.  Made up of two oxygen atoms bonded to a single carbon atom (CO2), dry ice is colourless, non-flammable, and slightly acidic.  Extremely cold, solid dry ice will cause frostbite if it’s handled without protection.


How It's Made

Dry ice is often made as a byproduct of another process.  All that’s needed is a gas with a high concentration of carbon dioxide, followed by pressurization and refrigeration until it liquifies.  At that point, the pressure is reduced, causing some liquid carbon dioxide to vapourize, and rapidly lower the temperature of the remaining liquid.  Ultimately the extreme drop in temperature causes the carbon dioxide liquid to solidify into a snow like consistency, which is then compressed into small pellets or large blocks.


How It's Used

When it’s not providing scary fog for haunted houses, dry ice is used as a cooling agent, preserving frozen foods in places where mechanical cooling isn’t available.  It also helps to prevent insect activity in containers of grains and grain products, as it removes oxygen without altering the taste of the food.  Plumbers sometimes use liquid carbon dioxide to perform repairs without turning off the water mains, as the dry ice creates an ice plug by causing water to freeze.  At Wicken’s Dry Ice Blasting, we use the extreme cooling properties of dry ice to clean metal, wood, and a variety of other surfaces.


How It Can Help Your Business

Dry ice’s versatility when it comes to cleaning applications makes it an ideal choice for almost any business.  Plus, it provides a superior clean with less downtime and less mess.  Dry ice blasting uses pellets propelled at high velocity to break the bond between the coating and the substrate - literally removing dirt and grime from the inside out.  Since the carbon dioxide disappears on impact it creates no additional waste, making clean up much easier compared to other blasting methods.  It’s also one of the only cleaning techniques that can be done on line - meaning there’s no need for masking, cool down, and disassembly.  By minimizing downtime and maximizing production efficiency, cleaning with dry ice helps your business get back to what it does best. 

Contact Wicken’s Dry Ice Blasting today to learn more.