Dry Ice Cleaning


The process looks a lot like the pressure washer you’d use to clean your car or rinse down your driveway, But dry ice cleaning cleans using solid carbon dioxide (CO2) as the cleaning abrasive, compressed air stream of grain-size pellets (CO2) fired from a spray nozzle. Dry ice cleaning does not use water or aggressive media like sand or glass.

What Makes The Blasting Lab Different?

The Blasting lab has spared no expense for our equipment using state-of-the-art, pattened technology equipment that cost a lot! Our Dry Ice cleaning is designed to give the user complete control. Utilizing Cold Jet’s patented Particle Control System™ (PCS), dry ice is cut dry ice into diamond-shaped particles in the exact dimensions chosen by the operator (0.3mm to 3mm and every size in between), allowing the user to fine-tune cleaning parameters for each unique application.


  1. Using compressed air, dry ice cut into a diamond shape pellet and is accelerated through a hose and nozzle at a high velocity.
  2. The cold temperature of the dry ice diamonds creates a thermal shock that helps break the bond between the substrate and the contaminant.
  3. When the dry ice diamonds hit the surface, it instantaneously changes from a solid to a gas (CO2), and the volume of the dry ice expands 800 times and causes micro gas explosions that pull the contaminant off of the substrate from the inside out.
  4. The outcome is a clean surface. The process effectively removes residues, contaminants, dirt, oil, paint, grime, and more without damage to the surface and without the use of water.

DRY ICE Cleaning vs Other Blasting?

  • The significantly quicker process leads to increased production time and less downtime.
  • Clean equipment while online, eliminating the need for cooldown and disassembly.
  • Dry ice cleaning does not produce secondary waste streams, residue, or moisture so you don’t have to worry about cross-contamination.
  • Dry ice is a soft media that is non-abrasive and will not harm substrates.
  • Easily removes heavy buildup such as oil, bitumen, corroding agents, etc.
  • Safely remove surface contaminants such as failed coating, corrosion, soluble salts, chloride, etc.
  • Dry ice is non-corrosive and is a food-grade media that is safe for commercial use.
  • A more efficient process that reduces time, labor, and resources needed.

Abrasive blasting. Unlike dry ice blasting, abrasive blasting is highly toxic and dangerous for the operator. The operator must wear a protective suit with a self-contained breathing apparatus to avoid exposure to the fumes and dust created during blasting.

Soda blasting. This is a variation of abrasive blasting with the same positive toxic, environmental and conductive qualities, but still abrasive and requiring waste disposal.

Pressure washing. Like dry ice blasting, pressure washing is non-abrasive and not harmful to the environment due to emissions or toxins. In contrast, this method is electrically conductive and requires wastewater disposal.

Solvents/chemicals. Cleaning with chemicals and solvents is another common non-abrasive cleaning method with no electrical conductivity issues. However, the process involves toxic substances and extensive waste removal efforts. These methods also pose risks to the environment.

Hand tools. Hand tools are environmentally safe, don’t use toxic materials, require no special waste considerations, and are not electrically conductive. Abrasiveness is a major drawback of hand tools, as are additional labor requirements.

Dry Ice Cleaning Benefits

Changes and advancements in the technology behind dry ice cleaning, this form of cleaning has become an increasingly practical and cost-effective alternative to traditional blast cleaning methods such as pressure washing, sandblasting, and chemical-based cleaning. Dry ice cleaning is faster and more effective leading to reduced downtime and cost. The process is also dry so that water or solvents don’t damage your equipment and is safe for electrical applications. This not only makes it environmentally safe but also doesn’t require any waste cleanup.

Contact us at The Blasting Lab today for more information on how we can reduce your down-time and cleaning costs.

Learn more about dry ice cleaning and get information on its approval by the EPA, FDA, and USDA.

Dry Ice Cleaning is perfect for:

  • Automotive
  • Industrial
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Marine
  • Agriculture