Dry Ice Blasting in Printing Equipment Applications: What You Need to Know

co2 cleaningDry ice blasting uses air compressed between 80 and 90 PSI to blast pellets of dry ice at a high velocity to clean a variety of surfaces. While CO2 cleaning services have an incredibly wide range of uses and applications, they’re particularly beneficial for the printing industry due to the specialized equipment that needs to be cleaned carefully. With that in mind, here’s what your printing business should know about the advantages of dry ice blasting services.

Lack of Toxins

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, dry ice blasting is 100% ecologically safe. This is especially important for printing equipment, which can be easily damaged if handled improperly. Traditional cleaning methods are often too abrasive for delicate printing equipment; while sandblasting or using chemicals will easily damage printing presses and packaging molds, dry ice blasting is nonabrasive and will not damage these delicate parts.


While efficient, dry ice blasting does have the potential to cause minor safety risks. Even though it is 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. With this in mind, it’s important to ensure adequate ventilation in any type of cleaning environment or application.

Overall Efficiency

Medical device manufacturers are discovering that cleaning with dry ice can reduce cleaning time by as much as 75%, and it can have similar results when it comes to printing equipment applications. The fact is, dry ice blasting uses very fine particles of Carbon Dioxide that can penetrate even the most delicate and technical equipment in the industry without causing any damage whatsoever. This process occurs at a much more rapid speed than any traditional cleaning method would be able to keep up with. In the context of the printing industry, this means minimal downtime and maximum productivity regardless of specific cleaning schedules.

Ultimately, the first patent regarding dry-ice technology was issued in 1947, and ever since, dry ice technology has continued to expand and improve the efficiency of many different cleaning processes. For more information about CO2 cleaning services, contact Mammoth Dry Ice.