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Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions About the Dry Ice Blasting Process

We’ve discussed in previous posts how the dry ice blasting process works: dry ice blasting services use air compressed between 80 and 90 PSI to blast pellets of dry ice at a high velocity to clean a variety of surfaces. However, there’s much more you should understand about the process before investing in it for your industrial sanitation needs. Here are just a few answers to some common but more technical questions about various dry ice blasting solutions.

Where do the dirt and debris go during the dry ice cleaning process?

This is a common question that’s perfectly logical — after all, the dirt and debris removed during the dry ice blasting process need to go somewhere. The answer is actually quite simple: the dirt and debris fall to the floor during the process, where it can easily be swept up afterward. There’s no need to navigate through tiny crevices in machinery to keep it clean and sanitized — just a quick sweeping around the area should be sufficient.

Can dry ice blasting be performed indoors?

Absolutely — in fact, it usually is performed on indoor applications and machinery. That being said, it’s important to stay safe if you’re in the vicinity during the process: even though it’s generally harmless, Carbon Dioxide is 40% heavier than the air we breathe and may change atmospheric conditions if dry ice blasting area is poorly ventilated.

Is dry ice blasting safe for food manufacturing environments?

Yes, and it’s considered one of the most efficient sterilization options for food manufacturing environments due to the lack of toxins used. There are three main types of hazards or contaminants that can cause unsafe food: Biological, chemical, and physical. Biological includes microorganisms; chemical includes cleaning solvents and pest control; and physical means hair, dirt, or other matter. Dry ice blasting eliminates these toxins without making any additional contributions.

The first patent regarding dry-ice technology was issued in 1947, and the dry ice blasting process has evolved significantly since its inception, enabling the system to be used in a wide variety of industrial applications. For more information about dry ice blasting services, contact Mammoth Dry Ice.