Dry ice cleaning – Cleaning with dry ice

Cleaning with dry ice is suitable for a wide range of dirt types, including grease, oil, soot, mould, adhesives, paint residues and many more. Dry ice cleaning can be used effectively for cleaning machines and systems in industry in particular, but also in the food industry. The removal of underbody protection with dry ice has also established itself as a gentle and effective method in car valeting, for example.

Cleaning with dry ice offers many advantages. Firstly, it leaves no residue behind, meaning that subsequent cleaning or drying is not necessary. Secondly, there is also no need to dispose of chemicals or waste water, which reduces the environmental impact. In addition, cleaning with dry ice can also help to extend the service life of machines and systems, as this type of cleaning is non-abrasive.


However, it should be noted that cleaning with dry ice is not suitable for all surfaces and all types of dirt. Sensitive materials such as glass or similar can be damaged by the blast. As dry ice blasting is not abrasive, rust, for example, cannot be removed. It is therefore important to check the suitability of the surface before cleaning.

Overall, cleaning with dry ice is an effective and environmentally friendly method for removing stubborn dirt. It is particularly suitable for use in industry and can help to reduce costs and environmental pollution.

How does cleaning with dry ice work?

With the help of compressed air, the dry ice reaches almost the speed of sound and hits the dirt. Due to the temperature of – 78ºC, the dirt becomes brittle and cracks form into which the dry ice particles can now penetrate. The impact causes the dry ice to become gaseous, increasing its volume by a factor of 700. This “blasts” the dirt away from the medium to be cleaned.

Advantages of dry ice cleaning


Dry ice cleaning is an environmentally friendly cleaning method as it requires no chemical cleaning agents or solvents. Dry ice is a form of frozen carbon dioxide and vaporises on contact with the surface, leaving no harmful residue or waste.

Nicht abrasiv

Unlike other cleaning methods, such as sandblasting, dry ice cleaning is non-abrasive. This means that no surface damage occurs, as the dry ice does not wear away or abrade. It is therefore ideal for sensitive surfaces such as electronic components and delicate machine parts.


Cleaning with dry ice is extremely efficient. The dry ice is shot onto the surface to be cleaned with compressed air and immediately dissolves dirt, grease, oil or other contaminants. As the dry ice sublimates, i.e. changes directly from a solid to a gaseous state, no residue remains on the surface. This also eliminates the need for subsequent cleaning.

Zeit- und kostensparend

The efficiency of dry ice cleaning saves you time and money. Cleaning is quick and thorough, which minimises the downtime of machines or systems. In addition, there is no need to dispose of cleaning agents or blasting media, which saves further costs.

Vielseitig einsetzbar

Dry ice cleaning can be used in a wide range of applications. Whether for cleaning production machines, engines, ovens, pipes, tools, graffiti removal or even fire restoration – dry ice cleaning offers an effective solution for many cleaning tasks.

Keine Feuchtigkeit

Bei der Trockeneisreinigung wird kein Wasser verwendet, wodurch das Risiko von Korrosion oder Feuchtigkeitsschäden ausgeschlossen wird. Dies ist besonders wichtig in Bereichen, in denen Wasser unerwünscht ist, wie beispielsweise bei der Reinigung elektrischer Komponenten.

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