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Dry ice blasting is an environmentally friendly process that began its development in the '70s. The technology uses rice grain sized dry ice (CO2) pellets propelled with compressed air at speed up to 600 miles/hr. What's different about dry ice is, that when the ice pellet hits the surface to be cleaned it instantly sublimes (converts directly from a solid to a gas) and causes a mini explosion. The pressure wave, combined with the extreme cold of -79C (-109F) dislodges the contaminants without damaging the substrate.


Dry Ice Blasting is a tool that has many applications and uses. The partial list of industries below shows where the use of dry ice has real benefits to the users and the company. The applications where you might want to consider using dry Ice blasting are those with a restriction on using water, where there are electrical components, or when keeping the secondary clean-up to a minimum is important, such as in toxic & hazardous material cleaning and lead paint removal.


CO2Sweep In Action

CO2Sweep In Action


  • All other blast media leave secondary waste behind. Dry ice sublimates (vaporizes) upon impact with the surface and complicated deep cavities are cleaned without leaving entrapped grit behind. All that remains to sweep up is the contaminants you are removing.

  • Non-abrasive. Even with a range of gentle to powerful dry ice blasting does not alter the substrate being blasted, except in the case of softwood, which is often beneficial when removing mould spores in structural lumber.

  • Use of dry ice meets CFIA, FDA, USDA & EPA guidelines and is an excellent alternative to harsh chemicals.

  • Dry process with No water to deal with.

  • Non electrically conductive so it can be used on motors, sensors, cables that normally cannot get washed down.

  • Non-toxic, non-corrosive,

  • The blast equipment is mobile and cleans in place saving dismantling & moving time.

  • Removes mould spores and bacteria for a fresh cleaning.

  • Thorough, it cleans deep into the hard to reach corners that normally would not get cleaned


CO2Sweep is a Windsor based dry ice blasting contractor, servicing Southwestern Ontario. Specializing in dry ice (CO2) blasting services. Contact us to find out more and book a free consultation today!

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