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The Advanced Properties of Dry Ice Blasting and Its Industrial Uses

Saturday, November 9th, 2019
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Dry ice blasting is a new development that is quickly expanding. By shooting small pellets of dry ice out of a jet nozzle with compressed air, it is similar to sandblasting, but with superior results. When the dry ice is blasted, its frigid temperature (-109.3°F or -78.5°C) is what causes materials like adhesives or debris to shrink and weaken the surface bond. Additionally, when the dry ice penetrates the debris and comes into contact with the underlying surface, the heat from the surface causes the dry ice to convert back into carbon dioxide gas.

Dry ice blasting is used to remove materials like paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives. One of the main benefits to dry ice blasting is that only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.

Replaces Sandblasting

This method is superior to sandblasting because the dry ice is soft enough not to pit or damage the underlying surface. Dry Ice blasting eliminates equipment damage in two ways. First, dry ice does not erode or wear away the targeted surface as traditional grit and wire brushes do. This means that surface integrity is preserved and equipment life is extended. Second, with traditional cleaning methods, equipment is often damaged (bumped, dropped, etc.) during transport. With dry ice blasting, most equipment and machinery can be cleaned while in place.

Replaces Steam or Water Blasting

There are several reasons why dry ice blasting is also an improvement over steam and water blasting

  • Electrical parts and generators can be immediately put back into service used without waiting to dry.
  • The removal of radioactive contaminate doesn’t require large storage containers for contaminated water as the dry ice will evaporate.
  • Mildew and mold removal are far more complete with less chance of regeneration because of water vapor or moisture.
  • Dry ice blasting removes more algae, sea slime, and mussels on boat hulls, than water blasting, which allows the organic matter to reattach sooner.

Replaces Environmentally Damaging Solvents

Finally Dry Ice blasting is used in place of many environmentally damaging solvents. These chemicals include trichlorethane, methylene chloride, perchlorethane, orthodichlorobenzene, cresylic acid, and caustic solutions. Since dry ice evaporates completely as a gas, it leaves no waste. Only the material being removed must be disposed of. When dry ice cleaning replaces hazardous chemical cleaners the disposal cost of that chemical is eliminated.

Dry Ice Blasting is a winning alternative to sand blasting, shot blasting, soda blasting, water blasting & hand cleaning. It substantially reduces downtime, the high costs of secondary waste disposal, and costly wear and tear on equipment. It has been approved by the EPA, FDA and the USDA and is an environmentally friendly (green) cleaning method.


Dry ice is a versatile product that can be used in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications. If you are looking for dry ice in large quantities, contact the experts at Reliant Dry Ice today. We are passionate about providing high-quality and reliable products for all of your needs. Call us at (806) 335-6600 or Contact Us by email to learn more About Us, our Products, and Dry Ice Blasting.