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COMPLETELY CLEAN, CHEMICAL-FREE: 10 key benefits of Dry Ice Blasting – #3 November 26, 2019

Presco Technician Daniel dry ice blasting factory pipes


We’ve all grown used to powerful solvents, alkalies and acids being used for industrial cleaning.  

Yet they have so many associated health risks that you’d think that in this day and age of Health and Safety compliance they’d be gone!

The fact is, some things just can’t be cleaned without them, right?

If this is how you’ve thought up until now, let me introduce you to a little secret called ” Dry Ice Cleaning“.


How it works:


Diagram showing how dry ice blasting works


Dry Ice pellets (frozen carbon dioxide pellets the size of grains of rice) are fired at the target soil via compressed air, similar to sand blasting. But unlike sandblasting, on impacting with the surface, the Dry Ice pellets instantly change from a solid into a gas (a process called sublimation) and disappear literally into thin air.

The soil and impurities are dislodged and fall to the floor but the cleaning agent simply disappears.

Too good to be true?  No it isn’t.  You’ve got to see it in action to believe it.  Watch a short video clip on this web page demonstrating Dry Ice cleaning




Dangerous chemicals symbol


Many cleaning tasks that traditionally involved use of hazardous chemicals can be now cleaned using dry ice cleaning, eliminating the chemical hazards that have caused so many acute and chronic health issues over the years.

The cleaning agent (frozen carbon dioxide) is a naturally occurring gas, essential for plant life.  Apart from use in confined spaces, (where additional ventilation or breathing apparatus may be required,) CO2 cleaning is completely harm free.


No chemical clean up:


toxic waste


The other problem with cleaning using chemicals, is what to do with the waste?

Used chemical cleaning solutions can’t always just be tipped down the drain, they often need to be collected up and transported to an approved disposal site.  Any used cleaning cloths are contaminated and often end up in plastic bags in the trash, adding to the landfill problem.  And then the chemical containers themselves must be triple rinsed and taken to an approved waste facility.

Is any one actually calculating the cost of all this into their chemical cleaning program?

Dry Ice Blasting removes all of these problems and their associated costs.


No chemical residue:


man using chemical spray preparing to clean


So what about a surface that has been cleaned with chemicals?  Even with careful rinsing, how easy is it to achieve a 100% chemical-free surface again?

Chemical residue is a plague.  More and more we are learning about the long term effects of chemical residue on our bodies. 

If you’re involved in the food and beverage industries, chemical residue is one of the #1 enemies.

Dry Ice Blasting effectively cleans soil from a surface and leaves zero residue.


The chemical-free sanitizing effect:

pathogens under microscope


Due to it’s super cold temperature, (-78˚C,) dry ice cleaning has a sanitizing effect while it is cleaning a surface.  Bacteria, mould and fungi is killed upon impact. 

And, because the cleaning process is totally dry, you further inhibit bacteria growth.

When you clean with Dry Ice Cleaning, you’re also sanitizing.

 Read more about bacteria and pathogen control with Dry Ice Cleaning at Dry-ice blasting stops food pathogens cold By Jenni Spinner+, 06-Jun-2014

Go to the next level with your organization’s sustainability goals.  Don’t just reduce your reliance on hazardous chemicals, go chemical-free with Dry Ice Cleaning


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