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How Does It Work?

The concept is synonymous with all blast cleaning applications where an ‘abrasive’ is accelerated in a stream of compressed air.

Dry ice blasting uses solid carbon dioxide (CO²) as the blast media and due to its unique properties provides a non-abrasive, ecological ‘zero-waste’ alternative to the more ‘traditional’ methods and in comparison, is less intrusive and less aggressive even than the ’least-harmful’ soda blasting.

By its very low temperature (-79°C) dry ice provides potent thermal energy that on impacting the surface provokes an immediate detachment of the contamination – the so-called ‘thermal shock’ effect and as the dry ice pellets immediately sublime on contact (turning from solid to a harmless gas), this doesn’t create any additional waste.


  • Eliminates the need for chemical storage on site
  • Chemical handling issues removed from personnel
  • No post-cleaning chemical residues

Reduced wear

  • Reduced wear as process is gentle and non-abrasive
  • Highly effective in reaching areas other methods miss
  • Ideal for moulds and dies that need accurate surfaces

No liquids

  • Saves water consumption in water sensitive areas
  • Dry ice sublimes (changes into gas) on contact so no wet floors are left behind
  • No evaporation means no change in relative humidity to affect other processes

Reduced downtime

  • In-situ cleaning with mobile units reduces non-operational time significantly
  • No drying out time required
  • Reduced dismantling of machinery means less downtime.

Why choose
Dry Ice UK?

Delivering dynamic, secure, cost effective dry ice solutions.

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Blast Cleaning Information & Support Services

From delivering training through to implementing a complete and contracted dry ice cleaning service – and everywhere between, we have the people, equipment and systems you need. Find out more information about our blast cleaning services below.