Comparative Methods to Dry Ice Cleaning

Arctic Fox Dry Ice Cleaning: Comparative methods

High down-time, high waste disposal costs and costly wear and tear on your equipment may mean assessment of your cleaning process needs evaluating.

The table below is an illustration comparing the features of dry ice cleaning and other traditional cleaning methods. This will enable you to see if dry ice cleaning will be applicable and advantageous in your own situation.

Cleaning method: Effectiveness: Secondary waste: Electrically conductive: Abrasive: Toxic:
Dry Ice: Excellent None No No No
Sand blasting: Good Yes No Yes Yes*
Water blasting: Satisfactory Yes Yes No Yes*
Solvents / chemicals: Limited Yes Yes** No Yes
Power / hand tools: Limited None N/A Yes No
Soda blasting: Good Yes No Yes Yes*
* The blasting material becomes Toxic when it becomes in contact with toxic materials.
** Most are and electrically conductive - they need water to remove them which is conductive.

Why is Dry Ice Cleaning Superior?

  • Superior finish
  • Cleaning in situ – no or minimal dismantling required resulting in less down time
  • Faster clean means more run time and therefore profit potential
  • Non abrasive, non flammable, non conductive, dry and safe around electrical components
  • No secondary waste means less clean up time and less cost of waste disposal
  • Environmentally friendly – no chemicals used and the CO2 (dry ice) used is a by product of other industrial processes meaning dry ice blasting does not add CO2 to the atmosphere – dry ice cleaning does not have a negative effect on the environment
  • Safe – no chemical exposure to personnel and equipment
  • Adjustable – effective for most cleaning tasks

Abrasive Blasting (sand, bead, grit, glass, soda)

Whilst it can achieve a good finish the contaminant being removed will combine with the blast media and create a lot more mess. If the original contaminant is toxic, then the blast media will become toxic too drastically increasing the volume and therefore cost of proper waste disposal.

Using dry ice as the blast media will significantly reduce the volume of mess and reduce the cost of waste disposal and will not leave any residue on the surface being cleaned.

High Pressure Water Blasting

This method is one of the fastest methods although it can induce rusting and increase the rate of bacterial re-growth. Often times drying time will be a negative factor as well as the need to remove electrical parts to be cleaned separately using another method.

As dry ice blasting is a dry process, electrical parts of machinery will not need to be treated differently saving many labour hours.

Solvent and Chemical Cleaning

Solvents and chemicals can achieve a good level of cleaning. However, they are harmful to the environment, harmful to people and can harm equipment and machinery. Residues may be left behind requiring an additional wash down process and drying time meaning more costly downtime.

Dry ice blasting uses no chemicals, leaves no residue and is very effective at reaching crevices, nooks and crannies.

Power/Hand Tool Cleaning

Power and hand tool cleaning can provide a satisfactory solution for simple geometries-but it can also damage or wear down surfaces.

Dry ice cleaning easily cleans hard to reach places and will not cause wear and tear on equipment. It is also a much quicker process.

Dry Ice cleaning - the more efficient and cost effective solution

At Arctic Fox Dry Ice Cleaning our skilled and experienced operatives can achieve a superior, efficient and cost effective solution in most deep cleaning situations. We provide Risk Assessments, Method Statements and all our cleaning projects are overseen by a certified Health and Safety professional. It must be noted that dry ice blasting can be noisy ranging from 80 – 120 decibels so proper safety protection must be in place for any personnel in the vicinity.

Up to 60% savings can be made in some circumstances whilst not compromising cleaning or safety standards.

To find out how dry ice blasting can work for you please call 01892 886484 or contact us.