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Dry Ice Blasting

Dry Ice Blasting Principles

Dry Ice BlasterDry Ice Blasting works somewhat like sandblasting or high-pressure water or steam blasting, with superior results. It does not produce CO2 or add CO2 to the atmosphere and therefore does not contribute to the greenhouse effect. Upon impact the dry ice creates micro-thermal shock which breaks the bond between the coating of grime and the substrate. The high pressure air stream removes the dirt from the surface, while the dry ice pellets vaporize leaving only the removed debris to be cleaned, creating absolutely no secondary waste. Paint, oil, grease, asphalt, tar, decals, soot, dirt, ink, resins, and adhesives are some of the materials removed by this procedure. Only the removed material must be disposed of, as the dry ice sublimes into the atmosphere.

Dry ice blast cleaning is most often used in areas where water, sand, and / or solvents cannot or should not be used. Water often creates worker safety hazards on the floor and around electrical components. Sand requires large-scale clean-up efforts and can settle in sensitive equipment. Solvents can be hazardous to those working with them and expensive to dispose. CO2 blast cleaning eliminates these problems.

Advantages of CO2 Blasting Include

  • Reduced Downtime
  • Sterilization of Equipment
  • Minimal Disassembly
  • Elimination of Harsh Chemicals
  • Elimination of Electrical Problems Associated with Water Blasting
  • Paint

Removal of the Following

  • Environmental Contaminates
  • Oil
  • Dirt / Debris
  • Fire / Smoke Damage
  • Rust
Safe & Effective

Dry ice blasting is an environmentally safe and effective cleaning alternative as it:

Reduces V.O.C. Emissions - Reduces Waste Stream - Increases Worker Safety

Dry ice blasting is used in multiple industries and thousands of cleaning applications.

Examples of Industries Utilizing Dry Ice Blast Cleaning

General Maintenance

Gallery Painting offers industrial cleaning services which can be profoundly more effective than traditional cleaning methods. For example, dry ice can remove some of the following contaminants:

  • Oil
  • Grease
  • Weld Slag
  • Overspray
  • Adhesives
  • Petroleum
  • Tar
  • Mold

Food Processing / Manufacturing Industry

In the food processing industry, our industrial cleaning services which can be used to clean the following items with the no damage to equipment, electrical equipment or surface damage:

  • Structural; including: walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Conveyors - Safe to use around electrical equipment
  • Molds - Molds will not be damaged since dry ice is non-abrasive
  • Ovens - baked on residues- Elimination of harsh chemicals
  • Mixing equipment / uncooked residues- Effective on both hot and cold surfaces
  • Packaging equipment / paper dust - Effective on both plastic and metal surfaces
  • Glue heads / glue residues- Elimination of harsh chemicals
  • Mixing equipment - Safe to use around electrical equipment

Structural Cleaning Applicatons For Dry Ice Blasting

Dry ice blast cleaning is used in Structural Cleaning to remove:

  • Rust
  • Paint
  • Environmental Contaminates
  • Oil
  • Dirt / Debris
  • Fire / Smoke Damage

Advantages include:

  • A more thorough cleaning
  • Sheer speed of cleaning
  • Minimal clean-up
  • Elimination of harsh chemicals
  • Structure surface is immediately ready for paint or next treatment
  • Minimal to no impact on surrounding area and or equipment

Removing Environmental Contaminates

The diversity in structure types helps to demonstrate the diversity of CO2 blast cleaning. The process successfully removes environmental contaminates across a broad scope of applications. The dry ice blast cleaning process works well from steel structures to masonry, including timber beams and frames. Examples of more specific applications are fire and smoke damage, heavy rust scale removal, and environmental contamination from manufacturer’s process.


  • Molding Equipment
  • Butt Welders
  • Process Equipment
  • Manufacturing Equipment
  • Piping
  • Tanks
  • Ship Hulls
  • Automobiles Interiors
  • Printing Presses
  • Pulp / Paper Equipment
  • Oil Field Equipment
  • Boiler Tubes
  • Aircraft


  • Buildings
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Hotels
  • Residential
  • Structures
  • Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Bricks
  • Wood
  • Remediation / Restoration
  • Graffiti Decal Removal


  • Electrical control panels
  • Cable trays Motors / Stators
  • Armatures / Coils / Windings
  • Generators
  • Printed Circuit Boards
  • Semi-Conductors
  • Transformers
  • Switch Gear
  • Robotic Equipment
  • Relays
  • Turbines
  • Insulators
  • Sub-Stations


  • Floors / Walls
  • Processing Equipment
  • Equipment Ceilings
  • Conveyors
  • Ovens / Bake-Off Trays
  • Packaging Areas and Equipment


  • Cigarette / Cigar Smoke
  • Formaldehyde
  • Beauty Salons
  • Waste Containers
  • Nuclear Decontamination
  • Fire Restoration
Get in touch for more information on dry ice blasting
Contact Us
  • 8316 Washington Street NE
  • Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • Phone: (505) 839-1700
  • Fax: (505) 839-1704