The Industrial Art of Cleaning

A production manager’s main concern includes keeping the food processing surfaces clean. A printing company’s major worries include keeping the printing press running, while architects figure out how to restore monuments and statutes.


Removing leftover food, grime, grease, mould, ink and other residue from production equipments is a critical task, especially when it comes to preventing bacteria growth and ensuring safety of the equipment.


As sanitation regulations have become more stringent, labor costs increase and the industries try to become more environmentally conscious, companies are now looking for newer cleaning solutions and processes.


Flour, grease, oil, ink along with bakes-on carbon (concerning food manufacturers) are some of the residues that are highly prevalent and very difficult and costly to remove from production equipments. So, to ensure product quality, residues need to be removed. Regrettably, traditional cleaning processes such as manual scrubbing, water and steam are not only slow and inefficient, but their ineffective as well.


Dry ice blasting in the food and foundry industry has provided some excellent benefits. That’s because some of the cleaning challenges including the cleaning methods of moulds, rubber, plastic, and ovens can be quite daunting.


Here are a couple of examples of the many cleaning challenges faced by companies:


  • Core machines and core boxes covered with sand, carbon buildup or binder.
  • Rubber and plastic vents and moulds that are caked in grease and mold release and residues.
  • Traditional methods of cleaning have included scrubbing and scraping and use of hazardous chemicals, which includes sandblasting.


The drawbacks of traditional cleaning methods are:


  • Labor intensive, which typically involves equipments being taken offline and cleaned.
  • Downtime – the extensive time required to effectively disassemble, clean up the molds and then reassemble them, resulting in costly production losses.
  • Grit entrapment which involves sand blasting and can become difficult to remove.
  • Mold Wear sand blasting can even wear down or etch surfaces.
  • Liability is another factor; the use of chemicals even poses safety hazards.
  • Cost of chemicals is expensive, plus they become an additional contaminated waste disposal cost.

So, with such major drawbacks, it’s quite understandable how companies have shifted towards Dry ice blasting and the preferred means of cleaning industrial equipments. Not only has dry ice blasting revolutionized the cleaning industry, but it has brought many benefits to many companies from various industries.


  • AnthonyAnthony

    Removing glue from our rollers was a breeze for Subzero. The roller was cleaned in 3hrs and now runs like a dream. Thanks to your guys!

  • DanielDaniel

    I wish your guys were here everyday!

  • ScottScott

    I used Subzero at a previous company, and we were very impressed with the results. Minimal clean up, and we could do it while the factory was running ...