You’ve probably used dry ice to chill a cooler, or at least seen it used to keep meat frozen while it’s transported across long distances. However, you may not be particularly familiar with dry ice’s usefulness in cleaning and decontaminating a variety of industrial surfaces.
Dry ice blasting, like pressure washing, is a great option to remove dirt and other potentially dangerous contaminants from industrial equipment. The process of dry ice blasting, however, is quite different from that of regular pressure washing.
Dry ice is the solid, or frozen, state of carbon dioxide. Dry ice forms at a temperature of -78.5 degrees Celsius. As it forms from pure carbon dioxide, dry ice is doesn’t contain any water, which makes it 100% non-conductive. The dry ice used to blast soiled surfaces converts to carbon dioxide vapor when it impacts the surface, and is therefore non-toxic. In fact, the ice gets its’ “dry” name because, under normal atmospheric conditions, it doesn’t go through a liquid stage when sublimating from a solid to a gas.
At room temperature it requires about 870 pounds of pressure per square inch to compress carbon dioxide gas until it liquefies. When this pressure is slowly released, some liquid will transition to gas, which will cool the rest into dry ice frost or snow. This can then be collected and pressed into pellets or blocks. Because of its’ very low freezing point, dry ice won’t stay in a solid state at room temperature for very long.
In addition to being used as a solution for blast-cleaning industrial equipment and to cold-pack meats and other goods, dry ice is also used to create smoke and fog special effects on-stage. Interestingly, it can also be used in cloud-seeding efforts to induce precipitation.
While one must use careful techniques to pressure wash concrete, brick, and the exterior surfaces of a home, dry ice blasting can effectively clean and remove contaminants from many different surfaces, including all metals, all plastics, rubber, wood, glass, concrete, chrome, aluminum, electrical wiring, circuit boards, decorative murals, and much more.
At Scrub Zero, we employ dry ice blasting for a number of useful applications. We can clean up after fire damage, spruce up electrical generators, remove contaminants from HVAC coils, perform mold remediation, and overhaul commercial kitchens.
Dry ice blasting can also come in handy in the process of certain architectural renovations and in the finishing of engineered wood products. Our services are designed to facilitate cleaning in a number of industries, including gas processing and oil refining, rubber mold production, printing, and plastics.
Dry ice blasting is a very useful and harmless alternative to traditional pressure washing. If you’re curious to learn more about the benefits of dry ice blasting, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 403-697-3127 today!
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