If you’re trying to complete a project and you need to clean off different surfaces in an area, there are a few cleaning approaches you can take. Two of these cleaning choices are dry ice blasting and wet sand blasting. We will explore these cleaning methods, so we want to review them with you to make the decision process easier. Let us compare the differences between dry ice blasting and set sand blasting.
As the name suggests, sand blasting makes use of, well, sand, but there’s more to it than that. There are other abrasives used in conjunction with the sand itself, like baking soda, which help get surfaces smoothed out. Be careful when doing wet sand blasting, though, because you could do serious harm if you don’t carry out the process properly. Sand blasting will add a serious amount of sand to your disposal project. Sand is difficult to contain and clean up. If you use the sand to clean a hazardous product, the sand is now hazardous, further increasing the cost and clean up of the project.
What’s great about wet sand blasting is that it can remove all kinds of substances, like rust and paint. It’s also a quick and effective method for getting surfaces smoother and cleaner. Lastly, it allows finished coatings to stick more easily when they are applied. Remember if you use a we sand you cannot use this on energized equipment. You will also have to remove all sand from the machines due to the abrasive nature of the sand.
One of the downsides of this cleaning method is that it can wear down surfaces because of the abrasive materials used to clean them. There will also need to be a great amount of effort from your end if you have a small sandblaster. One final shortcoming of wet sand blasting is that it can trigger metal leading into oxidization for whatever surfaces are affected.
Dry Ice Blasting
Dry ice blasting is the second cleaning option we want to cover. It’s often used as a cleaning method for getting rid of substances like rust, grease, paint, ink, cooked on foods and even mold! Dry ice blasting requires care to ensure no build up of carbon dioxide. AEG technicians use monitors and fans to ensure safe levels of air flow.
A benefit this method offers is that there is no secondary waste at the end of the cleaning process. This leads to huge savings on disposal costs and makes clean up swift and easy! Dry ice blasting is non-conductive so you can clean machinery when it is energized and running to further reduce downtime. It also is not abrasive, meaning even delicate surfaces are sure not to get damaged during cleaning. Dry ice blasting can even be done at varying levels of intensity, allowing you to clean a variety of surfaces and textures.
Choose AEG Environmental for Your Dry Ice Blasting Services
We are a trusted team of ice blasting service technicians. AEG Environmental has been ice blasting for years in both hazardous and non-hazardous environments. Don’t risk your safety, health or productivity to anything less than the best. If there has been a mess of any kind, call us today and get the best and most efficient ice blasting services available.