What Is Dry Ice Blasting Used For?

Friday 4th March 2022

Alice Redshaw

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Dry ice blasting is a non-abrasive and non-toxic solution used for cleaning surfaces. It is mostly used in industrial settings, with dry ice being the main cleaning media.

Read on to find out how dry ice blast cleaning is used in different industries, and how it works to remove stains and dirt that have built up on surfaces and equipment.

Don't forget to also have a look at the dry ice blasting services we offer too - wherever you're situated in the UK, we've got you covered.

How does dry ice blasting work?

CO2 pellets are used in the process at high speeds to remove contaminants from exteriors. It is a non-conductive treatment that uses no chemicals to achieve effective results. 

In different industries it is becoming an increasingly popular choice for customers because it does not leave any residue behind and application does not take too long.

Dry ice blasting uses

Take a look below to see some of the key uses of dry ice blasting, and how it is effective on many different kinds of surfaces.

Bitumen and tar

The occurrence of bitumen and tar is commonly seen in the oil industry, and can easily get stuck to different exteriors such as concrete or storage tanks.

Due to its non-abrasive nature, dry ice blast cleaning does not cause further damage to any areas when freezing bitumen or tar. If the machinery is not cleaned regularly, its ability to function could be affected. Clean-up following the job is also relatively straightforward due to waste being minimal.

If you require oil spillage cleaning services too, we are on hand to help. Our technicians will arrive to assess the situation and not leave until you're happy with the work carried out.

Rust removal

Dry ice is an effective solution for treating rust that has developed on metal surfaces, and will leave the material spotless once application is complete.

It works on thick amounts of rust that have developed over the years, or that has settled over recent weeks. As an environmentally-friendly treatment, dry ice blasting for rust removal is a popular choice for both industrial and commercial clients alike.

As well as removing rust from surfaces, it is good at eradicating corrosion. However, it is worth remembering that oxidation will remain on the metal despite the dry ice blasting.

Erasing paint & graffiti

Another way in which dry ice blasting is used for cleaning is to remove paint and graffiti. The dry ice pellets work against these substances by dissolving them, making it a mess-free application.

The speed at which the solution travels helps any unwanted graffiti and paint to be eradicated from surfaces. As mentioned previously, no further damage will be caused to the surface beneath the stain because it is non-abrasive.

Cleaning wood

Dry ice blast cleaning is an efficient method for treating wood. As the solution has a temperature of -79 degrees Celsius, it works well to remove stubborn dirt and grime that has built up on the surface.

It is a sought-after choice for cleaning wood because it does not use chemicals. This is particularly favourable when used domestically, as the interior and exterior of the house will not be further harmed during cleaning.

This technique is frequently used in historic homes where wood is a common feature. It will allow you to enjoy the interior of your property by restoring it to its former glory. Additionally, if you choose to sell your home, having well-maintained interior décor will work in your favour.

Servicing printing presses

This sort of technology can be quite difficult to clean due to its intricacies. It requires careful and cautious cleaning methods so as not to damage the equipment. If the machinery needs to be replaced, this could be very costly.

Effective cleaning is needed for printing presses, as the quality of material can be affected should it not be regularly cleaned.

Dry ice is often used for cleaning this type of equipment because it doesn’t cause any harm to the inner workings of the machine or to the surrounding environment.

Our dry ice blasting services

Here at ICE Cleaning, we are committed to eco-friendly services to our clients, and have years of experience in dry ice blasting.

The work will be completed in a time-efficient manner so that you can use your premises again as soon as possible. Throughout the clean, stringent health and safety guidelines will be followed to protect the safety of everyone involved. After all, customer service is at the heart of everything we do.

Our dedicated customer service team are available 24/7 to provide our customers with support they need. They will answer any questions you have regarding the process, as well as what to expect on the day of the clean. Customer service is always a priority for us.

We’re fully certified

We are proud to hold a number of industry-certified accreditations. This includes with the following organisations:

All of our technicians have undergone thorough training so they are equipped with the right knowledge and skills to perform the job well and safety.

We also use state-of-the-art dry ice blasting equipment during the process to achieve excellent results, and will work hard to restore your site to a safe and clean environment.

Get in touch

Contact our team today on 0208 066 0360 or enquiries@icecleaning.co.uk to find out more about the dry ice blasting services we offer. A member of our friendly team will assist you with whatever you need.

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