When it comes to your cleaning options, you have a lot of choices. You may have heard a bit about dry ice blasting, but if you’re like many folks, you may be a bit uncertain about what the process entails. That’s why we’ve come up with a comprehensive QandA about blasting with CO2. Here’s what you should know.
What is dry ice blasting?
Dry ice blasting, also known as carbon dioxide blasting, is a highly effective method of cleaning. It’s a system that produces a high-temperature, low-moisture vapor. This vapor contains only five to six percent water, and it’s much less dense than the air we breathe. As its name suggests, this process utilizes dry ice products to “blast” against surfaces, leaving them looking brand new.
How does it work?
Essentially, because CO2 is so very cold (around -109 degrees Fahrenheit!), when the material hits the surface it’s cleaning, the process produces thermal shock. That allows the bond between the surface and the contaminant to be broken, which leaves behind a clean surface. Unlike other processes, it doesn’t leave behind any kind of secondary waste. The CO2 is sublimated almost immediately, which means you have nothing left to clean up afterwards.
Is dry ice blasting dangerous?
While it’s non-flammable and nonabrasive, there are certain safety precautions that need to be taken during CO2 blasting. Dry ice needs to be kept in a well-ventilated area, and technicians need to wear protective equipment. Young children should be watched closely. As long as everyone is informed, the process itself is perfectly safe.
Is it more expensive than other options?
Depending on the circumstances, it may actually be less expensive than other forms of blasting. And because it’s more effective and has a quicker turnaround time, it’s well worth the investment. It’s an option that can actually save you both time and money.
Why is it the best option?
First of all, CO2 blasting is environmentally friendly. It contains no harmful chemicals and doesn’t even require water. It doesn’t require any cleanup and disposal of CO2 is fairly simple. And because it’s non-abrasive, you won’t be damaging surfaces in the process. It also takes less time, which means labor costs will decrease. As long as you use skilled technicians who are well-versed in safety procedures, it’s certainly one of the best cleaning options around.
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