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Dry Ice Blast Cleaning works like every particle blasting process - sand - soda - bead - or steam blasting. In addition to the pressure of the blasting material, dry ice's frigid temperature of -109.3°F or -78.5°C "exploding" against the material to be removed, can cause it to shrink and loose adhesion from its sub surface. Additionally when some of of dry ice penetrates through the material to be removed, it comes in contact with the underlying surface. The warmer sub surface causes the dry ice to convert back into carbon dioxide gas. The gas has 800 times greater volume and expands behind the material speeding up its removal. Paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives are some of the materials removed by this procedure. Only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.

Replacing Sandblasting:
In many cases this method is superior to sandblasting because the dry ice is soft enough not to pit or damage the underlying surface. The dry ice sublimes quickly into the air and only the removed material must be cleaned up. Dry Ice blasting eliminates equipment damage in two ways. First, dry ice does not erode or wear away the targeted surface as traditional grit media and even wire brushes do. This means that surface integrity and critical tolerances are preserved and equipment will not have to be replaced due to surface erosion common with sand, glass beads, and other abrasive media. Second, with traditional cleaning methods, equipment is often damaged (bumped, dropped, etc.) while in transit to or from the dedicated cleaning area. Instead most equipment and machinery can be cleaned while in place.

Replacing Steam or Water Blasting:
(for more information on water jetting please visit www.waterjettingdirectory.com)

Sometimes Dry Ice Blasting is also an improvement over steam and water blasting for several reasons:
1) Electrical parts and generators can be immediately put back into service used without waiting to dry.
2) Radioactive contaminate removal doesn't require large storage containers for contaminated water.
3) Mildew and mold removal are far more complete with less chance of regeneration  because of water vapor or moisture.
4) Dry ice blasting removes more algae, sea slime, and mussels on boat hulls, than water blasting, which allows the organic matter to reattach sooner.

Replacing Environmentally Damaging Solvents
Many times Dry Ice Blast Cleaning is used in place of many environmentally damaging solvents. These chemicals include trichlorethane, methylene chloride, cresylic acid, perchlorethane, orthodichlorobenzene,  and caustic solutions. Since dry ice evaporates completely as a gas it leaves no wastes. 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. Tinker Air Force Base reported it eliminated hazardous waste disposal associated with 17,000 gallons of chemicals they no longer needed to use each year when they switched to dry ice blast cleaning. The EPA has issued a technical paper supporting dry ice blast cleaning as one of the alternatives to using trichlorethane (TLC) in October 2000: EPA- TECHNICAL FACT SHEET FOR 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE (TCA) HAZARDS AND ALTERNATIVES

(1) The loud noise produced requires protective earphones and may cause irritation to other people nearby although some newer machines are quieter.
(2) Effective cleaning can only occur in a straight line of sight from the Dry Ice jet nozzle. Sometimes parts can be dissembled to help.
(3) Large amounts of carbon dioxide are released which can be harmful if not ventilated out of the space.

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Dry Ice Blasting of Atlanta

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2145 Barrett Park Drive, Suite 105
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144


Some of the industries we service:

Printing, Food Manufacturing, Textile, Energy, Military, Plastic Manufacturing, Historical Preservation, Petro Chemical



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