About Dry Ice Blasting


  • Dry Ice Cleaning is a technologically advanced, environmentally responsible surface preparation and cleaning method for all industries
  • Dry Ice Cleaning is designed to replace high-pressure cleaning and other traditional blasting methods that use materials such as sand, glass and plastic as abrasive agents
  • In addition, however, a wide range of other cleaning methods that involve the use of hazardous chemicals, solvents, etc, can be replaced by Dry Ice Blasting
  • The unique feature of Dry Ice Blasting is that dry ice vaporises on contact with the surface to be cleaned. Treated surfaces are therefore left dry and clean, without residues of detergents or blasting materials
  • As the process is completely dry and non-conductive, Dry Ice Blasting can be used where other methods are unsuitable. For example, electric motors and equipment with electric, pneumatic or hydraulic components can be cleaned direct using Dry Ice Blasting
  • Dry Ice Blasting produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor beneath the treated object
  • Dry Ice Blasting is ideal for removing coatings such as adhesives, varnish, oil, grease, coal dust, soot, mould release agents and bitumen – to name but a few of the materials we remove daily using the process
  • Dry Ice Blasting will often allow a company’s production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without the need for dismantling and costly downtime. Dry Ice Blasting is non-abrasive, and surfaces are therefore treated gently. The system can thus be used on easily-damaged surfaces like nickel, chromium and soft aluminium
  • The process is dry, and no waste materials are produced. This means that cleaning can be carried out even during short production shutdowns.
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About Optimum

We have over 20 years’ experience in industrial cleaning processes with a client base ranging from small independent companies to large national organisations.

By adopting leading edge techniques, purchasing state of the art blasting equipment and by exceeding all Health and Safety requirements, Optimum are setting new standards in the Industrial Blast Cleaning industry.

Optimum have built up an unrivalled reputation for delivering service, safety and reliabilty whether it be for blue chip companies, government organisations or SME’s, our repeat business is testament to our quality service.

To find out more about us, what we do and our policies, click here…

How it works

  • Stage 1: 3mm dry ice pellets are propelled onto the contaminated surface via a compressor and a dry ice blast unit and then onto the nozzle or blast gun.
  • Stage 2: This causes the contaminated layers to rapidly freeze, contract and weaken…..
  • Stage 3: …forcing them to break free from the substrate surface. The dry ice then sublimates and turns back into a gas.
  • Stage 4:  The substrate  is left completely free of any contaminate and is undamaged by the non-abrasive action of Dry Ice Blast Cleaning. The contaminate simply falls to the ground ready to be swept away.