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Cleaning Comparison Charts: Methods & Issues

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ICEsonic dry ice blasting has a significant number of advantages over other cleaning methods. Following is a chart that lists some of them:

Dry Ice Blast Cleaning Comparison Chart
Blasting Cleaning Technique
Waste for Disposal



Electrically Conductive

Performance Comparison
Dry Ice No No No No Excellent
Sand Yes Yes No* No OK
Glass Beads Yes Yes No* No OK
Walnut Shells Yes Yes No* No Limited
Steam No No No Yes Poor
Solvents Yes No Yes Yes Limited

* Each of these blast cleaning materials becomes contaminated upon contact if used to clean hazardous objects. When that happens, these materials are then classified as toxic waste requiring safe disposal.

Cleaning Method Comparison
Issue Traditional Dry Ice Blasting
Equipment Downtime Cleaned in dedicated cleaning area; Disassembly/reassembly; Drying time required Equipment can be cleaned in place; Dry process - equipment restart immediately after cleaning
Hazardous Waste Cleaner becomes and treated as a secondary contaminant No additional contaminant; Dry ice sublimates with contact with targeted surface
Labor Hours Intensive hand scrubbing; Lengthy cleanings; Follow-up cleaning-up can be lengthy Dramatically reduced - often completed in a quarter of time or better
Quality of Cleaning Poor to average Excellent
Potential Equipment Damage Grit abrasions; Grit contamination; Movement of equipment to and from cleaning area No equipment damage; Preventive maintenance very realistic as labor hours are significantly less
Safety Health threats from solvents; Water-based cleaning pose hazards around electrical equipment; Threats to environment Standard safety precautions; Dry process - safe around electrical equipment
Cost Cleaner becomes additional hazardous waste; expensive solvents; Additional labor Minimal - cost of dry ice

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