The Difference Between Dry Ice Blasting and Sandblasting

There are a wide variety of options available to clean industrial equipment and surfaces. Two common options are dry ice blasting and sandblasting. Find out the differences and which option is the most beneficial for your business.

Dry Ice Blasting Sandblasting
Non-abrasive Abrasive
No secondary waste Secondary waste disposal needed
Non-toxic Non-toxic – Until contacted with hazardous products then it needs waste disposal
Non-electronically conductive Non-electronically conductive

RELATED: The Benefits of Dry Ice Blasting for Your Business

What is Dry Ice Blasting?

Dry ice blasting uses dry ice pellets to clean a surface or equipment. It is non-abrasive, nonflammable, and nonconductive, making it safe to use on electrical equipment. The benefits of dry ice blasting include:


  • Cost-effective: Less downtime because machines do not need to be disassembled and reassembled
  • Environmentally friendly: There is no secondary waste and its non-toxic
  • Less abrasive: ¬†Less likely to damage equipment and machines.
  • Approved for Food Industry Usage

Dry ice blasting works well for:

  • Smoke damage removal
  • Paint removal
  • Oil and production residue removal
  • Technical machine cleaning

What is Sandblasting?

Sandblasting uses grit materials at high speed to clean a surface. Sandblasting is abrasive and not conductive, and can be safe to use on electrical equipment. There is secondary waste, which can become toxic and needs to be properly disposed.

Sandblasting works well for:

  • Rust removal
  • Prepare the surface for paint
  • Give products, surfaces or molds texture
  • Remove mold from plastic

How Dry Ice Blasting and Sandblasting Compare

Clean Equipment with Dry Ice Blasting from MQIS

At Michigan Quality Industrial Services (MQIS), our employees have the necessary experience to safely and effectively clean your facilities with dry ice blasting or sandblasting. Contact us at 888-982-8677 to learn more about our blasting services and request a free quote today!

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Learn what the difference between dry ice blasting and sandblasting to learn which method is best for you.
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