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Case Study: Dry Ice Blasting for Facilities Management


A fast-growing manufacturer contacted Nitrofreeze® about dry ice blasting, a quick, safe, and effective way to clean buildings and equipment. The New England company had purchased a local building for a new product line and needed to clean 80,000 square feet of ceilings and 15,000 square feet of paint lines. The packaging manufacturer wanted Nitrofreeze® to complete the work quickly while protecting the integrity of its facility. Dry ice blasting was the ideal solution.

Nitrofreeze® dispatched two crews from its Worcester, Massachusetts headquarters. Each crew worked 10-hour shifts for three weeks. Using dry ice blasting, the crews cleaned nearly 100,000 square feet of floors and ceilings with speed and efficiency. This environmentally safe process minimized secondary cleanup and avoided abrasive damage to surfaces. With dry ice cleaning by Nitrofreeze®, the packaging company was able to continue its rapid expansion.

Facilities Management and Dry Ice Cleaning

Facilities managers across the Northeastern U.S. are using dry ice blasting for numerous industrial applications. In addition to building remediation, examples include the cleaning of printing presses, paper mill equipment, heat treatment furnaces, gas turbines and power generators, and food processing conveyor lines. Let’s take a closer took at the dry ice blasting process both in terms of how it works, and how it compares to sand blasting and pressure washing.

How Dry Ice Blasting Works

Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to propel a stream of dry ice particles at surfaces made of metal, brick, wood, stone, or other materials. This process, known as sublimation, is effectively media-less because when dry ice pellets hit a surface, the media turns to a gas and evaporates. It also means that dry ice won’t damage surface finish or lodge in tight angles or challenging geometries. In addition to large areas, dry ice blasting can clean safely and evenly around bolts, wiring, and plumbing components.

Why Facilities Managers Prefer Dry Ice Cleaning

Sand blasting leaves sand and grit behind. Pressure washing creates a slippery mess. Both are time-consuming and require labor-intensive cleanups. By contrast, the only thing that dry ice blasting leaves behind is unwanted material (such as paint, grime or soot) from the surface that was cleaned. Plus, unlike sand blasting and pressure washing, dry ice blasting is approved by the FDA, EPA, and USDA – an important consideration in environments with food or medical products.

Dry Ice Blasting and Your Facilities Management Project

Is dry ice blasting right for your facilities management project? Whether you need to clean ceilings, walls, floors, or industrial equipment, you’ll save time and money by choosing dry ice cleaning instead of sand blasting or pressure washing. The experts at Nitrofreeze® are ready to answer your questions and discuss your application requirements. To get started, contact us at the phone number and email listed below.

(508) 459-7447 x109 | info@nitrofreeze.com