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Dry Ice Blasting FAQs

How does dry ice blasting work?

Dry ice blasting cleans surfaces through a combination of kinetic energy, extreme temperature change and sublimation (the solid dry ice conversion to gas). Read our Back to Basics: The Fundamentals of Dry Ice Blasting blog post to learn more about how dry ice blasting works.

Why would I use dry ice blasting instead of a traditional blasting media?

Dry ice blasting presents a non-toxic, non-abrasive, non-conductive, "green" cleaning option that creates no secondary waste in the cleaning process. Because cleaning can often be done on equipment that is hot and on-line, it can greatly reduce time and labor costs. Click here for a cleaning method comparison chart.

Does using more blasting dry ice per minute speed up my removal rate?

For most applications, no.

Will dry ice blasting damage my application?

With the correct equipment and settings, dry ice blasting is completely non-abrasive. The training and demonstrations our sales managers provide as part of being your Single Source Advantage work to prevent incorrect setup from occurring, so you get optimal results.

Does dry ice blasting change the temperature of its target?

Yes, but the amount of cooling is rarely an issue and is dependent on the size of the targeted surface, the time spent blasting that area and the rate of dry ice consumption. Most targeted areas return to room temperature just moments after dry ice blasting is completed.

Can I set up a demonstration at my facility or at my work site?

Absolutely! Contact us today, tell us about your application and we will put you in contact with one of our knowledgeable sales managers to set up a dry ice blasting demonstration.

How do I get training on how to use the dry ice blasting equipment?

Our sales managers will train you and your team when you schedule a demonstration, rent or purchase a dry ice blasting machine.

Can I use blasting dry ice to clean hot tools on-line?

Yes. One of the biggest advantages of dry ice blasting is that you can clean your equipment as is, without disassembling and reassembling, which decreases downtime and labor costs.

What kind of dry ice blasting equipment do you carry?

We have a complete selection of electrically assisted and pneumatic dry ice blasting machines as well as after cooler dryers. Click here to look at the different makes and models available.

Do I have to purchase a dry ice blasting machine in order to complete the cleaning job I have?

Continental Carbonic offers dry ice blasting machines for rent, lease-to-own and purchase, giving our customers the flexibility they need to complete their cleaning.

What can I clean using dry ice blasting?

Dry ice blasting is a versatile technology that can be used in almost any industry and application. Click here to see a list of dry ice blasting uses and applications.

Should the hopper lid be open or closed while I dry ice blast?

Keep the hopper lid closed while dry ice blasting. This will keep foreign objects from falling into the hopper and damaging the mechanisms that feed the blasting dry ice into the blast hose. It will also keep the blasting dry ice from clumping, ensuring a better dry ice blasting experience.

What are the best practices for using dry ice blasting equipment safely?

When using dry ice blasting equipment, never point the "gun" or nozzle at anyone and always use it in a well ventilated space. Blasting dry ice leaves the nozzle at high speeds and can cause injury if it comes in contact with someone's skin or eyes. Click here to find out more about best safe practices and precautions to take while dry ice blasting.

What PPE (personal protective equipment) do I need to dry ice blast?

When you are dry ice blasting, you should wear gloves, ear protection and safety goggles or a face shield to protect yourself from flying debris and noise. In addition, anyone else in the blasting area should, at a minimum, wear safety goggles and ear protection.

Where can I purchase blasting dry ice?  

Continental Carbonic has 45 dry ice distribution locations across the United States and Canada. Click here to see a complete list of our locations or use our dry ice locator to find the location nearest you.

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