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Dry ice pellets work well for cleaning equipment and machinery to remove oil, grease, and dirt. It does not harm electrical or hydraulic components and can be used on food processing equipment and production lines. It is non-abrasive and can be used on equipment that is on or off line.
Dry ice can also be used to remove fire and smoke damage and in areas where dust and water would create problems.
This blasting process works very similar to soda blasting in that it expands exponentially upon impact because of the sudden increase in temperature. The ice is shot at a temperature of -108 degrees so when it comes in contact with the area being cleaned that's at room temperature it changes from its solid state back to a gas. Since it goes back to a gas, there is no media to clean up - just the dirt and debris that has been removed from the surface.
Extra precautions are needed with dry ice for two reasons. First, the obvious danger from the extreme cold to hands, eyes, and skin. Secondly, extra ventilation is required in order to prevent asphyxiation from the carbon dioxide gas.
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