- September 6, 2019
- By Brandon Kelley
- In Blog
Keeping your industrial equipment clean and in proper working order is a critical part of making sure you’re falling within regulated health and safety standards. With advances in recent technology, dry ice blasting has become an excellent alternative for companies who need to maintain the highest standard of cleanliness for their equipment, but who are unable to use water or sand blasting. Dry ice blasting has been in use as a cleaning and polishing method since 1955, and its benefits are far reaching. Today, we’ll be talking about some of the benefits of hiring a dry ice cleaning service, and why it might be the right choice for your business.
Because dry ice cleaning, also known as CO2 blasting, doesn’t require costly disassembly of equipment or time-consuming manual cleaning with solvents and wire brushes, it is a superior method of cleaning over other alternatives. The faster cleaning time means less downtime in equipment, as well as fewer chances for intricate parts to be mishandled or broken during cleaning. The CO2 cleaning can also be used on almost anything and can reach difficult or hidden areas, allowing for a more thorough clean. The reduced downtime means less time lost, meaning that you get a superior clean for a fraction of the productivity cost.
Because dry ice sublimates (turns from a solid to a gas) almost immediately on contact, with a surface, it leaves behind no liquid residue. This means the risk of dangerous electrically conductive materials being left in your machinery to potentially cause damage to the equipment or safety issues for its operators. Moreover, the dry ice pellets used in a dry ice cleaning service are non-abrasive, which means that they won’t damage sensitive equipment. Maintenance and cleaning can have as much an effect on the wear and tear of equipment as the use itself, so finding a less abrasive alternative to other solvents can help maximize the service life of your machinery and save your plant money in the long run.
One of the biggest advantages a dry ice cleaning service can provide is the ability to provide a deep cleaning service that has a minimal environmental impact. Unlike sand blasting, which leaves behind tiny particles that will need to be cleaned up and ultimately disposed of as waste, dry ice blasting leaves behind no waste. The pellets of carbon dioxide used to clean surfaces are recycled, and there’s no water to reclaim after the CO2 has sublimated. Additionally, lack of chemical solvents or particulates means that companies aren’t left to dispose of hazardous materials, a consideration that must be taken into account when considering your plant’s adherence to environmental regulations, as well your bottom line.
Because of all these reasons: reduced downtime, the extended service life of machines, and no hazardous waste to clean up, dry ice cleaning is ultimately great for your bottom line. The expense of each of those component parts can add up over time, and saving those funds can help you invest in other areas of your company, helping you grow while resting assured that your machinery is meeting regulatory standards.
If you have questions about whether a dry ice cleaning service is right for you, or would like to hear more about what CO2 blasting can do for the life of your equipment, contact our office. One of our representatives will be happy to walk you through the service that’s right for your business and the equipment you need servicing. In no time, you’ll be on the road to safer, more cost-effective methods of industrial cleaning that you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.
Tyler JohnsonSeptember 28, 2020, 2:41 pm REPLY
That’s a good point that dry ice won’t leave any residue, chemicals, or even water behind. That makes it sound like a great way to clean out a storage tank or something that would be hard to remove chemicals from. I’ll make sure to look into that if I ever need to get a storage tank for my business that needs cleaning.
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