Is Dry Ice Blasting or Sandblasting Right for Your Business?

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Your industrial facility can only operate properly if all of your equipment is functional and your workers are safe. The best way to ensure both of these things is to invest in proper industrial cleaning solutions for your business. But cleaning industrial equipment isn’t always easy. Many facilities deal with chemicals and materials that require a lot of effort to eliminate. Sometimes you need to rely on some extreme methods to keep your machinery clean and operational. Abrasive blasting may be the answer. But is it right for your business?

A Bit on Abrasive Blasting

Abrasive blasting refers to a method of cleaning or smoothing out a surface by pressurizing a stream of small particles. These particles move at such a high velocity that they essentially tear away the surface layer, removing any harmful material and yielding a smoother texture. Different materials may be used for abrasive blastings, such as glass beads, baking soda, or sand.

What is Sandblasting?

As the name suggests, sandblasting refers to the type of abrasive blasting that incorporates sand as its main material. This method of industrial cleaning has become so common that the term “sandblasting” is now basically synonymous with all other types of abrasive blasting. 

Not only is sandblasting useful for cleaning contaminants from the interiors of tanks and other equipment; it’s also highly effective in removing paint from these surfaces. Industrial paint is meant to hold up for a long time, so, removing it is no easy task unless you employ a method as powerful as sandblasting.

Vapor Assisted Sandblasting

To save on resources and make clean up easier, vapor assisted sandblasting improves upon traditional sandblasting methods by adding water to the process. This process retains the absrasive benefits of sandblasting without all the waste and mess.

What is Dry Ice Blasting?

Not all forms of “blasting” are abrasive, however. Dry ice blasting offers a non-abrasive cleaning solution similar to sandblasting, but without all the rough qualities. Because dry ice is simply a solidified form of carbon dioxide, it evaporates shortly after doing it job. In other words, dry ice blasting reaps the benefits of sandblasting without the dusty remains.

Dry ice blasting works by releasing small thermal shock waves when reaching a surface. This sudden energy change loosens the surface layer, doing away with contaminants and any paint that must be removed.

Which is Right for Your Business?

Both sandblasting and dry ice blasting offer powerful industrial cleaning methods that will keep your equipment operational and safe for use for years to come. Whether or not these methods are right for your facility depends on the type of equipment you use, and what it’s used for. If you need some extra abrasion, sandblasting is the way to go. But if you’re looking for a cleaner, less destructive solution, go with dry ice. Vapor assisted sandblasting offers a happy medium between the two.

This decision will also depend on the cleaning services you hire, if you outsource your provider. Different companies use different cleaning methods, after all. At Painters USA, however, we employ both vapor assisted sandblasting and dry ice blasting for our clients based on their needs. We train our staff in both kinds of blasting so they’re prepared to use the right method for a given job. 

To learn more about our company and all the services we offer, contact us at 1-800-999-8715.