Have you ever been curious about dry ice cleaning or blasting? The folks at Blast It Clean put together some of the most common applications for dry ice cleaning along with some of the coolest facts about this cleaning method.
You Can Use Dry Ice Blasting on Hot Surfaces
In fact, dry ice blasting will clean faster when the surface is hot. While the dry ice cleaning process does cool the surface being cleaned, it’s not a critical decrease in temperature. The amount of time the dry ice is applied, area size, as well as type of material being cleaned are factors that influence a temperature decrease. For instance, a 30 x 30 inch rubber mold at 325 degrees being blasted clean for 12 minutes with the dry ice temperature of minus 109 degrees will leave that same rubber mold around 300 degrees when done. What does this mean for you? The answer is minimal re-heating time.
Considering this, some cool uses for dry ice blast cleaning are:
- bake-off trays
- stove tops
- soaking tanks
- spa equipment
Dry ice is CO2 (carbon dioxide) and gets its name from being able to go from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid stage. That’s why dry ice blast cleaning makes sense for cleaning any surface that must be kept dry. Cool uses for dry ice blast cleaning are:
- circuit boards
- electrical equipment
- robotic equipment
- packaging equipment
- dust off books
Absence of moisture before, during, or after dry ice blast cleaning makes it the perfect choice to clean mold and mildew. Contamination or spreading of fungi is practically non-existent. More cool uses for dry ice blast cleaning are:
- ship hulls
- waste containers
- refrigerators or coolers
- air conditioners
Condensation will appear after being dry ice blasted only if surface temperature goes below the dew point. The dew point varies according to the environment. Condensation is a rare occurrence.